Bratislava Castle, the Grassalkovich Palace, Michael’s Gate and several other landmarks are on the itinerary of this sightseeing tour of Bratislava, Slovakia, just an hour’s drive from central Vienna. A knowledgeable guide will share historic details and entertaining commentary about this pretty city’s main sights. If you’d like, upgrade your return to Vienna via a high-speed catamaran along the Danube River!
- Sightseeing day trip to Bratislava from Vienna
- Take a guided walking tour of Bratislava’s highlights, including Bratislava Castle, Grassalkovich Palace, Michael’s Gate and more
- Spend free time enjoying lunch and exploring Bratislava’s hidden gems
- Upgrade to enjoy a high-speed catamaran cruise on the Danube River!
Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour
With just a one-hour drive, you get the opportunity to see the capital of Slovakia. I strongly recommend upgrading to the high-speed catamaran trip back to Vienna on the Danube -- it's an exciting ride that gives you a different perspective on this historic city.
Recent Photos of This Tour
Michaels GatePhoto by: Martha B
BratislavaPhoto by: New Moles
Bratislava Old Town CenterPhoto by: Chinthaka I
Bratislava CastlePhoto by: kris
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Old ChurchPhoto by: Hencoe2
Bratislava SlovakiaPhoto by: Imran A
Rua de BratislavaPhoto by: Artur Ribeiro
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A catedralPhoto by: Artur Ribeiro
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O cruzeiro e casteloPhoto by: Artur Ribeiro
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What You Can Expect
After being transported from your Vienna hotel, you’ll be taken to a central Vienna meeting point to board an air-conditioned coach and travel for about an hour through lovely Austrian countryside to Bratislava, Slovakia’s capital.
Once you arrive in Bratislava, meet a local expert who will guide you on a walking tour of Old Town, with stops at medieval Michael’s Gate and hilltop Bratislava Castle, which dates back to the Stone Age. Still more Old Town sights include Grassalkovich Palace, which was a summer residence for an 18th-century count. In its heyday, the Hungarian aristocrats gathered at this massive rococo-style palace. But that’s not the only palace on your itinerary; you’ll also want to snap photos of the beautiful Primate's Palace, also built in the 18th century.
After you enjoy your included box lunch, take some time at your leisure to stroll around town, perhaps visiting a coffeehouse, shopping for souvenirs or checking out another cultural site. With your guide, visit the Slovak National Theatre and St Martin’s Cathedral, where Hungarian emperors were once crowned in elaborate ceremonies. Keep your eyes peeled for the quirky life-size bronze statues located in various spots around Old Town Bratislava — some more hidden than others.
Once your sightseeing tour comes to an end, you’ll board your coach for the drive back to Vienna, where your full-day excursion ends at Vienna’s State Opera House.
Or, for a more exciting return to Austria’s capital, upgrade your tour to travel via high-speed catamaran. With this option, you’ll sail along the famous Danube River for an unusual perspective of the landscapes from the water. Your catamaran ride will take you through Donau-Auen National Park before your tour ends at Schwedenplatz in Vienna.
Interesting day trip to Bratslavia! We enjoyed learning about the history of this quaint town and also enjoying some free time.
This is a great day trip. We choose the boat ride back on the Danube. Although it's about an hour and 45 minutes, they have a male and female bathroom as well as a little snack/beer shop. Bratislava is a great city.
The trip was wonderful especially the boat cruise on the Danue river was special.
This was a great day. Pick up went smooth. Bus to Bratislava was fine. Local guide was fine. Lunch was ok. Not great but it was well located. Free time in Bratislava was awesome. We wandered the town. Went to the top of the bridge. The views were great. It's an easy town to visit. We took the boat ride home. Again the views were worth it. Highly recommend this tour.
If in Vienna,definitely do this day trip to historical Bratislava,the food was nice also
Disclaimer below! This tour was definitely a must! Vera was a great guide and made sure we could all hear her by using a microphone and speaker. Bratislava is a wonderful small town with so many things to see. We spent a few hours touring with the guide, then she left us at lunch with several hours on our own. The food at the restaurant was passable, but nothing special. Take the boat back for a great trip on the Danube.
I would have rated this lower, but it was such a great town and the boat trip back was wonderful. The reason is because the bus to get there is misleading. It is a tour-type bus, but it is a public transport from Vienna to Bratislava with two stops before the tour. You are dropped off by Vienna Sightseeing and on your own until Bratislava. The bus driver was good with the announcements though.
Knowledgeable guide, normal walking pace for the walking tour, great food and ride back on the boat were awesome. City itself leaves very warm memories: quiet and beautiful. Definitely would recommend this 1-day tour!
Great local guide. Beautiful city. Highly recommended