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Discover the charming wine towns and winemaking heritage of Slovakia’s beautiful Small Carpathian region on this 6-hour trip from Bratislava. Traveling by minivan, venture into the Carpathian foothills, and visit Red Stone Castle, a mighty medieval fortress, to view its grandiose chambers, chapel and wine cellar, one of Europe’s biggest. See the wine and pottery-making towns of Modra and Pezinok, learn about Majolica pottery, and try crafting your own piece at a workshop. After free time for lunch sample some fruity local wines at a winery before returning to Bratislava.

Highlights

  • Half-day Small Carpathian tour from Bratislava with an expert guide
  • Discover Slovakia’s picturesque countryside and rural traditions, including winemaking
  • Sample local wine and food at a boutique wine cellar
  • Explore the 13th-century Red Stone Castle (Hrad Červený Kameň) above Častá
  • Enjoy free time for lunch (own expense) in Pezinok
  • Learn about the region’s wine-growing heritage and delicious varieties

What You Can Expect

Small Carpathian Wine Country Day Trip From Bratislava

Stop at the 13th-century Red Stone Castle

Begin your 6-hour trip with a pickup from your central Bratislava hotel. Settle into your comfortable minivan and drive into the foothills of the Small Carpathians, a range of rugged peaks north east of the city.


On route, get an interesting introduction to this picturesque region from your guide. Hear how wine has been cultivated on the mountains’ lower slopes for around 2,000 years, and how life in the area has changed little through the ages.


Arrive at the gargantuan Red Stone Castle (Hrad Červený Kameň), situated above the town of Častá. 

Explore the 13th-century fortress (own expense) that served first as a military outpost and then a residence of aristocrats during medieval times. Admire the mural-coated chambers and see the pharmacy, chapel and wine cellar — the latter the biggest of its kind in central Europe.

Continue through the winemaking town of Modra, also fêted for its exquisite blue-and-white china, and visit Pezinok, famous for its Majolica pottery. Visit a workshop to see the pottery-making process, and have a go at crafting and painting your own piece — if you’re impressed by your creation, feel free to buy it as a memento of your day.


Get free time for lunch (own expense), and continue to a traditional winery in the pretty village of Svätý Jur. Sample the delicious varietals on offer as you nibble on local cheeses and other delicacies.

After your tastings, return to Bratislava where your trip ends at your hotel.

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