Bratislava City & Castle Tour

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Total time
2 h 30 min
„Pay what you wish” tours do not have a fixed price. It is up to you to evaluate your guide’s work and reward it. Some people give 10€, others 50€ depending on their satisfaction and abilities.
Meeting point
Frantiskanske Namestie, 81101, Bratislava. Look for a big tree and a fountain with a lady holding a jug. And a guide in a white shirt holding a big sign saying Free Tour.Go to map
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Bratislava, surrounded by 4 tourist giants – Prague, Krakow, Budapest and Vienna – is often overlooked by tourists. But it is a big mistake! Yes, you won’t find here the splendour of Vienna, the liveliness of Krakow, Budapest’s neo-Gothic architecture or a castle as grand as Prague’s Hradcany. But you will find something completely different – authenticity, special charm, peace and quiet (although not in the evenings!) and lots of greenery! Bratislava does not live only for tourists, it is a true asylum for its inhabitants. Drop in for a day or two to take a break from the crowds and get to know the history of this intriguing city!

Bratislava for the Slovaks, Pozsony for the Hungarians, Pressburg for the Germans. Whatever it was called in the past, it has always been a cultural melting pot. Founded by the Celts, taken over by the Romans who set up a fortified camp here. When it belonged to the Hungarians, it was here – not in Budapest – that Hungarian monarchs were crowned! After the First World War, it became the capital of the young Slovakia and it was then when it got renamed to Bratislava – the city “celebrating brothers.” 

Join our tour and fall in love with this enchanting city. During the walk you will learn about the history of Slovak statehood from the Middle Ages up to the present day. You will hear stories big and small, but certainly worth telling. We will visit the beautiful old town, full of gothic, renaissance and baroque buildings, with Hlavne Namestie Square, where you can still feel the small-town charm of Bratislava. We will also climb up the castle hill, from where we will admire the panorama of the city and see that a lot of time has passed since it was small. Today Bratislava has a modern and metropolitan flair. Of course, there will also be plenty of recommendations on what and where to eat – Slovak cuisine will certainly not disappoint you!

During our 2.5 hour walk you will see:

  • the main town square (Hlavne Namestie)

  • Čumil / Canal worker sculpture

  • Bratislava Castle

  • St. Martin’s Cathedral

  • Michael’s Gate – the last remaining city fortification

  • UFO

  • The Bratislava Opera House

  • sites connected with the history of the Bratislava Jews

  • and much, much more!

Meeting Point
Frantiskanske Namestie, 81101, Bratislava. Look for a big tree and a fountain with a lady holding a jug. And a guide in a white shirt holding a big sign saying Free Tour.

Our pay as you wish tours are designed for individual travellers and small groups. We don’t accept parties of more than 7 people on them. If you travel in a party of 8 or more (school groups, bigger groups of friends etc.), please choose a paid option, if it's available, or book a Private Tour. For more information on the latter, please contact us.

Martina is a great tour guide!

Rated 5.0 out of 5
2 months ago

We participated to the Bratislava City & Castle Tour and it was a blast! Martina was a great, passionated and very experienced tour guide! She perfectly described the historical and cultural aspects of Bratislava and not only! We highly appreciated her references to contemporary and today life while touring this amazing city! Full support to her and book the tour immediately!


Fun tour with Silvia

Rated 5.0 out of 5
2 months ago

Our guide Silvia was a delight to walk the city with from start to finish. Plenty of historical facts and knowledge shared with our small group. Taught us some fun Slovak language along the way. Recommended free tour where you tip whatever you feel the tour is worth.

Steve Harvey

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Rated 5.0 out of 5
3 months ago

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Simon Duot wL

Fabulous tour

Rated 5.0 out of 5
8 months ago

Bianka was great! Really interesting and engaging! Her knowledge was really impressive and her passion was obvious, went the extra mile. Thanks!

Oliver Martin-harvey

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