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The 6 Best Bratislava Tours

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Free Old Town Walking Tours in Bratislava

Bratislava tours of the Old Town are best enjoyed on foot. This way, you can explore off the beaten tourist trail, delve down enchanting side streets and experience the true vibe of the city. 

As you stroll around the historic center, admire the medieval and baroque architecture. Check out the picturesque main square, Hlavné Námestie, and stop by the National Opera and the cathedral for photos. You'll also see Michael's Gate, which is the only remaining part of the original town walls.

These walking tours are usually run on a small group basis so you can easily move through the narrow alleyways. The trips are free – you just tip the guide at the end of the trip according to how well you feel they did. 

Try to book one of these walking excursions for your first day in Bratislava to help you get your bearings. Fancy something a bit more niche? Some tours focus on legends and spooky tales, while others take you to all the best local pubs. 

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Bratislava Castle Tour by Presporacik

The ultimate way to see the majestic Bratislava Castle is on a vintage Presporacik. These traditional buses trundle through the historic center, passing key landmarks during a scenic sightseeing excursion. It's a hassle-free way of exploring the city in style. 

These old-fashioned Bratislava tours swing by popular places like the Slovak National Theater and the famous upside-down pyramid. Other highlights include the Presidential Palace and Trinity Church. Make a note of the places that you'd like to return to on foot for later explorations. 

Headphones are provided so you can listen to the audio guide on board the bus. You'll learn about the history behind the monuments and attractions you'll be passing, as well as insider information about the city itself. 

Once you reach Bratislava Castle, you'll jump off the bus and wander around the extensive grounds. Some interior sections of the castle can also be visited depending on the season. The vast rectangular castle sits in the center of town above the Danube River, with its four towers making for great photos.

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Devin Castle Tours in Bratislava

Slovakia isn't short of castles, and many of the best ones can be found near Bratislava. If you're looking for a day trip out of the city that encompasses history and scenic landscapes, then Devin Castle is a sound option. It lies just 10 kilometers west of Bratislava, making it easy to reach.

There has been a fortress here for centuries, even as far back as the Neolithic era. The current castle is now a ruin, thanks to the devastating efforts of Napoleon's army in 1809. 

Yet the appeal lies in the landscape and the views afforded to visitors who reach the top of this rocky outcrop. From the castle, you'll see the meeting of the Danube and Morava Rivers, as well as all the way into neighboring Austria. 

During these jaunts, you'll learn about the history of the castle and the surrounding region from your expert local guide. Some tours also include wine and food tasting at a local producer. Private trips are available for a more intimate experience. 

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Danube River Boat Cruises

One of the most iconic Bratislava tours to tick off your list is a cruise on the Danube River. This mighty waterway is the second-longest in Europe, flowing for 2,850 kilometers. It passes through 10 countries, including Germany, Austria, Hungary, Croatia and of course, Slovakia.

A popular trip is one that whisks you off along the river to Devin Castle. You'll climb on board in the heart of the city, for convenient access and some sightseeing. Then you'll enjoy a relaxing cruise out into the countryside. 

On arrival at Devin Castle, you'll have free time to explore. Enjoy the views and learn about the turbulent past of this dramatic fortress. Finish your experience on a high with currant wine tasting, which is a local delicacy in this region. 

Private speedboat trips are also available. These are great options if you want a say in your itinerary and prefer reaching places faster than in a traditional boat. You'll feel a bit like James Bond as you zoom through the city.

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Slovak Wine Tours in Bratislava

Did you know that Slovakia is known for its wine? Bratislava is a great place to try some of the country's most celebrated vintages, with experiences for beginners and connoisseurs alike. Your expert sommelier will guide you through the process, and teach you how to sample the wine like a pro.

You can choose from wine tasting in city cellars or trips that take you deep into the countryside. The Small Carpathian wine route includes a local organic winery where you'll learn first-hand about wine production. Cheese tasting is often offered too for a rounded culinary experience.

As a bit of a bonus on the countryside wine trips, you'll get to stop at Slovak Folk Majolik which is famed for its ceramics. It's a great place to buy some traditional souvenirs to take home.

For something a bit different, you can try wine tasting in the dark where all the senses will be heightened. This brings out the flavors and makes you think more deeply about what you're drinking. 

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Bratislava Traditional Food Tours

One of the best ways to learn about a new destination and its culture is by fully immersing yourself in the food scene. On these culinary Bratislava tours, you'll discover dishes and flavors far beyond what you'll find in the tourist restaurants.

You'll try everything from locally produced wine to sweet pastries as you explore the city with your stomach. Stop at several venues with your guide, tasting a different course at each place. Everywhere from retro cafés to traditional restaurants are on the agenda.

Kick the meal off with a hearty portion of rich sauerkraut soup with sausage and pork. Then move on to platters of dumplings, meat and potatoes – all typical Slovak cuisine. The grand finale is often a sweet pastry dessert filled with poppy seeds and walnuts. 

Wash it all down with a glass of honey or blackcurrant wine. If you're feeling adventurous, try the Kofola, which is a herbal cola liquor. Craft beer tastings can also be arranged, with microbrewery visits adding to the experience.  

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About Bratislava

Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia, over in Eastern Europe. This up-and-coming destination attracts visitors from across the world with its centuries of history and picturesque architecture. Sitting at the base of the Carpathian Mountains, the city makes a great base for exploring the surrounding countryside.

Good to know before arriving

Bratislava is a city you can easily explore on foot. Just bear in mind that the historic Old Town streets are hilly, so make sure you take comfortable walking shoes. If you're arriving by train, regular buses and trams run between the station and the Old Town for seamless transfers. 

Places and experiences that cannot be missed

Wandering around the atmospheric Old Town is a must during your visit to Bratislava. It's the best way to take in the top sights and soak up the history that is ever present in this evocative capital. Go with a local guide for the best experience and a few insider tips. 

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