Bratislava Old Town (Starý Mesto) Tours

The charming but minuscule Old Town lies at the historic heart of Bratislava, the mini-capital city of Slovakia, clustered around the much-restored, landmark Renaissance castle and crammed with fountain-filled piazzas connected by a warren of medieval cobbled alleyways. It is a cosmopolitan district of red-roofed, pastel-colored townhouses brimming with high-end designer stores, souvenir shops, sophisticated restaurants and local bars, with more than its fair share of Baroque churches and Neo-classical palaces.

The area's great Gothic Cathedral of St Martin was the coronation venue of Austro-Hungarian monarchs, and there are also museums aplenty to explore—with collections encompassing artwork, weapons, music and Jewish history—and a thriving cultural life thanks to the Slovak National Theatre.

Come Christmas, festive markets fill the streets, while summer sees music festivals and classical concerts. To catch the best views over Bratislava Old Town, head for the UFO Observation Deck high above the Nový Most (New Bridge) across the River Danube.

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Old Town is the historic center of the city of Bratislava, and at 3.7 square miles, it is easily walkable.
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Bratislava by Night: Walking Tour

Experience the magic of Bratislava by evening on this 2-hour walking tour. With an expert guide, stroll the grounds of Bratislava Castle for sweeping views of the Old Town below. Then, delve into the Old Town to see top Bratislava sights including the Reduta and Slovak National Theatre. Finish at the soaring UFO Observation Deck to absorb glittering views of the city, Danube River and Devin Castle, and enjoy a drink at the UFO restaurant. Entrance fees, apart from admission to the UFO deck, are at your own expense.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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The Secrets of Bratislava's Old Town Interactive Game Experience

Explore Bratislava’s Old Town in a unique way with this interactive game experience. Learn about Bratislava’s history as you solve 10 clues on your phone that take you to monuments, landmarks, and hidden gems, all within walking distance. The game can be played on multiple phones at once, and it is recommended that you have 2-5 people per team.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Bratislava City Tour with Optional Devin Castle Visit

Discover the center of Slovakian culture and history on this 3-hour tour of Bratislava. Led by a local guide, explore St Martin’s Cathedral and the historic Main Square in the city’s Old Town. See the neoclassical architecture of the Primatial Palace and, if open, admire its interior Hall of Mirrors. Afterward, enjoy a scenic drive past Bratislava’s top landmarks, including the Slavín War Memorial and Bratislava Castle. To tour the medieval Devín Castle, upgrade your ticket to include a visit (own expense) after your city tour is finished.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Bratislava Private City Tour

Get to know beautiful Bratislava on a 6-hour private walking tour. Accompanied by your own private guide, stroll the cobbled streets and squares of the Old Town, and see landmarks including the National Theatre, Blue Church of St Alzbeta, St Martin’s Cathedral and more. Learn about Bratislava’s history, admire the panoramic views from Bratislava Castle, and drive to Devin Castle to stroll around the rocktop castle ruins and along the River Danube. As this is a private tour, enjoy the flexibility to tailor you itinerary as you wish.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Bratislava Christmas Market Food Tour

Bratislava comes alive at Christmas time with its enchanting Christmas Market. It can be hard as a visitor to know which are the best foods to try. On this tour, you’ll learn about all the best Slovakian cuisine, tasting samples along the way. You won’t have to worry about getting lost, as your guide will lead the way—pointing out Old Town highlights and teaching you about Slovakian Christmas traditions as you explore the city together.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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2 Hour Sightseeing Tour of Bratislava

Visit the most-popular sites in historic Old Town Bratislava on this stress-free walking tour. Lead by a local guide, learn the history of the area and pick up some Slovak words as you wander through Old Town. Make stops at Old Town Hall, Primate's Palace, medieval fortifications, art galleries, and more. Choose from a convenient morning or afternoon departure.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Private Half Day Guided Walking Tour of Bratislava

Visit the historic capital of Slovakia with a local guide on a 3-hour private walking tour of Bratislava. Enjoy flat rate pricing for your private group of up to 10 people, while learning about history, culture, and daily life in the city. You’ll take in the city’s top sites and neighborhoods, including the Slovak National Theatre, Old Town, the Bratislava Castle, and more, with a flexible departure from your hotel in the Bratislava city center.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Bratislava City Highlights Walking Tour

Get to know the best of historical Bratislava on a 1-hour city walking tour. With a knowledgeable local guide to lead you around and tell you fascinating stories about Bratislava’s past, discover the highlights of the charm-laden, cobbled Old Town. Stroll around bustling Main Square to see the Old Town Hall, and admire top Bratislava attractions including the elegant Primatial Palace, St Martin’s Cathedral and Franciscan Square, with its pastel-painted Baroque townhouses. This tour is a perfect option if you’re short on time or a first-time visitor to Bratislava.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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Private Tour: Bratislava Walking Tour

Experience the center of Slovakia’s history and culture on a private, 3-hour tour of Bratislava. Led by a local guide, stroll past the historic landmarks of St Michael’s Gate, the Primatial Palace and the Main Square in the city’s Old Town. After exploring on foot, hop in the car to continue sightseeing, driving past the distinct blue hues of St Elisabeth Church and the Presidential Palace. Enjoy stops at Napoleon’s Hill and Bratislava Castle for sweeping views of the city before being dropped off back at your hotel. 
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Old Town Trolley Tour in Bratislava

Conventional vehicles aren’t permitted in Bratislava’s Old Town, so exploring its lanes means going by foot. Save time and effort with a seat on the Presporacik Oldtimer vintage trolley, the only tour vehicle allowed in the center. Settle aboard and pass sights such as the Roland Fountain, with onboard commentary to bring them alive. A quick, easy way to explore old Bratislava for travelers with limited time or mobility.
  • Duration: 35 to 50 minutes
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  • Duration: 35 to 50 minutes
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