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Michael's Gate: Our most recommended tours and activities

Bratislava Walking Tours with Licensed Guides

1. Bratislava Walking Tours with Licensed Guides

Discover the historical center of Bratislava during a 2-hour walking tour with licensed city guides, and explore the main monuments and sites in the Old Town. The tour can also be tailored to a theme of your choice. Themed tours include a classical Bratislava tour, Coronation Road tour, sacral tour, tour of Bratislava’s historic defense system, or Jewish tour. Whichever you choose, you will stroll through the old center of Bratislava, while learning about its history dating back from the Celtic Boii tribes, through the arrival of the Slavs to city’s modern history starting at the end of communist era. Discover where 11 Hungarian kings and queens were crowned. Enjoy the magnificent panoramic view from the UFO-like tower on the SNP (Slovak National Uprising) bridge (optional, available at an additional cost). Visit the main square to admire the Old Town Hall from the 14th-century and the Maximilian Fountain, the oldest fountain in the city. Other highlights that you can see during the guided tours are the Gothic Church and Convent of the Order of St. Clare, and the last original town gate, the St. Michael's Gate. Learn about the city’s rich musical history while walking along the Venturska Street, or wander around the palaces from the era of the Empress Maria Theresa.

Bratislava: City Sightseeing Afternoon Walking Tour

2. Bratislava: City Sightseeing Afternoon Walking Tour

Learn more about Bratislava from an informative local guide on a 1-hour group walking tour. Uncover why this city is know as the Beauty on Danube as you see the old town, grand palaces, and historic monuments. Be greeted by your guide who will inform you about Bratislava's past with facts and stories about the Hungarian empire, Slovak communism, the Velvet Revolution, and Slovakia's 2004 membership in the European Union. Listen to your guide as they show you the Opera House and the House of Reduta. Continue to the imposing Main Square and pass by the Old Town Hall. See the oldest building in Bratislava, the Franciscan Church. Stroll through Biela Street and Michalska Street to Michael's Gate. Marvel at historical buildings and palaces on Venturska Street and Panska Street. Finish your tour at St. Martin's Cathedral.

Bratislava: Private Walking Tour

3. Bratislava: Private Walking Tour

You will be picked up from your centrally-located hotel in Bratislava (if staying outside the city center, your meeting is in front of the main entrance to the Park Inn Danube Hotel). Your tour will begin with a short introduction before you begin exploring Hviezdoslavovo Square. You will discover the Opera House and Reduta Building, passing along the "man at work" statue and Schoner Natzi statue to arrive to Bratislava's Main Square. You will then pause at the Roland Fountain where you will here of legends about the famous knight Roland, as well as about the coronation festivities of Hungarian kings in Bratislava. You can take a photo with a Napoleonic soldier as you pass by the Old Town Hall, and discover the Franciscian Church, the oldest sacred building of Bratislava, where the knights of Golden Spurs were knighted. You will then stroll through Franciscan Square to Primate's Palace, where you can marvel at one of Bratislava’s hidden gems: Primate’s Palace (where the Pressburg peace between the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Napoleon's France were signed). Next, you will take in the stunning Michael's Gate, before seeing the palace where the Hungarian Parliament used to meet. You will then see the building of Academia Istropolitana, the premise of the first university in the Hungarian Kingdom. At the conclusion of your tour, you will pass by St. Martin's Cathedral, and if you book the 3-hour option, you will also discover Bratislava Castle from where you will gain superb views over Bratislava.

Bratislava: Grand City Guided Tour

4. Bratislava: Grand City Guided Tour

Meet  your guide in front of the main entrance of the Park Inn Danube Hotel. Receive a short introduction before heading to Hviezdoslavovo square. Discover the Opera House and Reduta Building. Admire the Man Work statue in the city’s Main Square. Pause at the Roland fountain and hear the legend of the knight Rowland. Take a photo with a Napoleonic soldier as you pass by the Old Town Hall. Stroll through Primate’s square to Franciscan Square. Marvel at one of Bratislava’s hidden gems: Primate’s Palace. Take in the stunning Micheal’s Gate. See the palace where the Hungarian Parliament used to meet. End the walking portion of your tour at the gates of St. Martin’s Cathedral. Continue by car to the Presidential Palace in Palisady District, which was built in the functionalist style. See Bratislava Castle and the Slovak Government building. Finish your tour with a visit to the Slavin Monument, where you can enjoy a superb view over all of Bratislava. Afterward, you will be dropped off back at the Radisson or the city center.

Bratislava: Grand City Tour with Devin Castle

5. Bratislava: Grand City Tour with Devin Castle

Meet your guide at 12:00 PM in front of the main entrance to Park Inn Danube Hotel and receive a short introduction to Bratislava. As you walk through the historical city center, learn about the ancient history of Slovakia. Learn about the origins of the city when the old Slavs, the predecessors of modern Slovaks, inhabited the area and created the Great Moravia Empire. Learn also about Bratislava´s importance as a city in the Austro-Hungarian empire. Hear stories from the time when Bratislava was the capital city of Hungarian Kingdom.  Walk to Michael's Gate, only remaining gate of former city wall, the Main Square, the Old Town Hall, and the Bratislava Primatial Palace. Your guide will explain the role of Bratislava through the years of World War II, and the years of communism in the latter half of the 20th century in Slovakia and the subsequent Velvet Revolution. Continue to Reduta before the walking part of the tour ends at the Cathedral of St. Martin, where 19 Hungarian kings and queens were crowned. The next part of the tour is taken by car. Pass by the Presidential Palace and the Palisady district, a district full of villas from the beginning of the 20th century, built in a functionalist style. Next is the main highlight of Bratislava, Bratislava Castle, which provides excellent views of the city. Pass by the building of Slovak Parliament and finish with a visit to Slavín Monument, dedicated to Soviet soldiers who liberated Bratislava at the end of WWII.  The last stop is the ruins of Devin Castle, one of the oldest buildings in Slovakia, built in times of Great Moravia Empire. Hear of the patrons of the arts who lived here, as well associated stories and legends of the site. After exploring the site, be returned back to Bratislava.

Bratislava: Taste of Slovakia Walking Tour

6. Bratislava: Taste of Slovakia Walking Tour

Bratislava is Slovakia's capital, and is situated just 60 kilometers from the Austrian capital of Vienna near the Danube River. The city has changed its name five times, and throughout this tour you will discover many places of interest such as Town Hall, the Primatial Palace, Martin’s Cathedral, Bratislava Castle, and St. Michael’s Gate. No tour to Bratislava is complete without tasting the city's food and drinks. Bratislava has a big variety of places where you can enjoy potatoes, dumplings, thick sauces, and cheeses. You'll have the opportunity to sample a plum brandy called Slivovica, as your experienced guide takes you around the best places to try Slovak cuisine. You will get to meet craft producers and beer makers, and will not only taste unique dishes like Kofola, Treska v majonéze, Kapustnica, Bryndzové halusky, but will also hear stories about how these dishes became so popular. Towards the end of your tour you can also try the popular Slovakian blackcurrant wine and honey wine.

Discover Bratislava Private Tour from Vienna

7. Discover Bratislava Private Tour from Vienna

Start your trip with a hotel pick-up at the arranged time. Sit back in your luxury vehicle and admire the scenery of the Austrian countryside as you cross the border into Slovakia. Upon arrival, meet your experienced local guide for a walking tour. Admire the monuments of the Old Town, such as St. Michal’s Gate and Tower, the city gate that ranks among the oldest town buildings. St. Michael’s Tower is the last remaining of the city gates from the medieval fortifications. The local guide will take you to St. Martin’s Cathedral where 11 Hungarian kings and queens were crowned between 1536 and 1830. Afterwards, continue to the Rococo-style Grassalkovich Palace the residence of the president of Slovakia. Grassalkovich Palace is the 18th century social spot for Hungarian aristocracy. Admire Primate’s Palace, as many people say, the most beautiful buildings in Bratislava. After this historical and sightseeing tour enjoy your free time for lunch and exploring city on your own. Local guide and driver will discover you best places and restaurants in the city. Taste local Slovakian cuisine.

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What people are saying about Michael's Gate

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 34 reviews

5 hours seems long, 36 degrees in the shade not necessarily beneficial. The distribution was awesome. 1 hour castle, 2 hours downtown and 2 hours Devin Castle. In between transport in the air-conditioned luxury limousine with sightseeing. Perfect. The tour guide was endowed with profound knowledge and answered all questions perfectly. The inner city of Bratislava is one of the best after having seen many inner cities. Whether building, state of preservation, architectural styles, gastronomy, no wish remains unfulfilled. To mention one of the most beautiful coffee houses of all, the historic pastry shop. Conclusion: all-round success, therefore also 5 stars.

Daria was a fantastic guide. She was so incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about sharing her city's history with us. She pointed out the small statues we would have missed, and gave us a fantastic and thorough overview of the city. Thank you, Daria!

Una hermosa experiencia! Luba es una excelente guía, te cuenta y te explica todos los detalles de la ciudad y su historia. Realmente muy recomendable!

The tour of the city was great. I was the only guest so it was very private and I had the opportunity to ask lots of questions.

Very informative city tour with lots of detailed information, entertaining and nice.