Just across the Austria–Slovakia border, Bratislava is an ideal day trip spot for travelers to Vienna. Visit the capital of Slovakia to discover its history, explore the Old Town, and admire its baroque architecture. Here’s what you need to know.
Join a group tour and travel by coach from Vienna to Bratislava, where you'll spend the day taking in the city with fellow travelers to Europe and your tour guide. Take a guided walking tour of the Old Town before visiting the 18th-century Grassalkovich Palace and Bratislava Castle. After lunch, return to Vienna by bus or perhaps by boat along the Danube River.
Private guides are an ideal option for travelers interested in a personalized experience. Enjoy private transport from Vienna (chocolate lovers might want to tack on a stop at the Hauswirth Chocolate Factory on the way), then follow your guide on a Bratislava city tour on foot that includes stops at top sights such as St. Michael's Gate, St. Martin's Cathedral, the Slovak National Theater, and Leopold de Pauli's Palace. Enjoy some customized free time before heading back to Austria via car, train, or boat. If you're heading on to Budapest, consider a two-day tour from Vienna that stops in Bratislava and Slovakia's High Tatras Mountains as well.
Things to Know
- Bratislava is about 50 miles (80 kilometers) east of Vienna, about one hour away by road.
- Tours typically run for a full day, between six and 10 hours.
- Most tours include hotel pickup and roundtrip transport from centrally located Vienna hotels, whether by road, train, or boat.
- Wear comfortable walking shoes and avoid heels, which can make walking difficult on Bratislava’s cobblestones.