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How to Spend 2 Days in Bratislava

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How to Spend 2 Days in Bratislava
With two days in Bratislava, branch out beyond the cobblestoned Old Town to see the city’s Communist-era landmarks. Along the way, catch sunset from Bratislava Castle, taste the city’s top dishes, take a crash course in Slovakian history, and explore one of the city’s great museums. Here’s how to make the most out of two days in the Slovakian capital.
 
Day 1: Old Town Sightseeing
Morning: Start the day in the Old Town’s maze of narrow, car-free streets, linking up the tightly packed landmarks on foot or aboard an open-air trolley. Buildings here span a long history, so a guided tour is a great way to get oriented. These generally include the Old Town Hall, St. Martin’s Cathedral, and SNP Square (short for Námestie Slovenského Národného Povstania, or Slovak National Uprising Square).

Afternoon: Take a break for lunch in one of the Old Town’s many atmospheric cafés. A rich blend of potato dumplings, sheep cheese, and bacon, bryndzové halušky is Slovakia’s national food, but another favorite is paprika-rich goulash. If you want to sample a little of everything, consider a food tour that visits a series of eateries.

Night: As sunset approaches head to the Bratislava Castle, the perfect place to watch the evening light on the Danube River, Old Town, and UFO Tower.

Day 2: Communist Landmarks
Morning: Soviet architecture is a stark reminder of Slovakia’s years under Communist rule, so those sites are a fascinating introduction to the city’s more recent history. Many Communism-themed tours visit historic apartment buildings, homes of former Communist leaders, bunkers, and even the border that once divided Czechoslovakia from Austria.

Afternoon: Pick one of Bratislava’s excellent museums for a deeper dive: the Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum, the history-focused Bratislava City Museum, or the impressive Slovak National Gallery.

Night: Energetic nightlife has earned Bratislava a party-town reputation, so join a local crowd at pubs and bars on your final evening here. Craft-beer tours, wine-tasting tours, and pub crawls take you straight to the action, and they can be a great way to connect with fellow travelers, too.
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Bratislava Post-Communism TourBus Tours

Bratislava Post-Communism Tour

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Bratislava’s modern history continues to fascinate many visitors, but matching landmarks to their historic context can be difficult. Discover the Soviet influence on the city with a tour of sights including the Slavín monument, Petržalka housing estate, and the SNP Bridge, and gain insight into post-communist life. Travel around town in a retro vehicle, benefiting from the small-group size with personalized attention from your guide.
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Bratislava Traditional Wine and Food TourDining Experiences

Bratislava Traditional Wine and Food Tour

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Get a taste of Bratislava and its typical fare on this stress-free, guided walking tour of the city. Follow your guide through the old town and to the castle, stopping at local establishments for a tasting (included) of traditional Slovakian goods. Try a Slovak pastry, local wine made of currants, and more.
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Bratislava Castle Tour by Presporacik

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Get easy transport to the Bratislava Castle in an old-fashioned Presporacik with a convertible top. Board the coach in Hviezdoslavovo Square, and drive through Old Town, passing by popular landmarks like the upside-down pyramid, Slovak National Theater, and more. At the Bratislava Castle, walk around the grounds, and enjoy its scenic views.
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Local Secrets of Bratislava: Small Group Tour Including Picnic Half-day Tours

Local Secrets of Bratislava: Small Group Tour Including Picnic

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Exploring Bratislava independently may show you the sights, but won’t provide an inside take on the city. This walking tour delivers: letting you experience its past, culture, and food through local eyes. Find the Old Town’s secret places, discover crowd-free pubs and viewpoints, ride a trolleybus, enjoy a Bratislavan picnic, and more: all as your guide shares stories you’d otherwise miss. Entry fees and select foods and drinks are included.
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Bratislava 3-Hour Wine TastingWine Tastings

Bratislava 3-Hour Wine Tasting

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Without a rental car, touring Bratislava’s wine country to taste local wines is near-impossible independently—with lots of cellars to call at and get around. This wine-tasting tour lays everything on: following the Little Carpathian wine route to visit various wineries and sample 13 different Slovak wines as you learn about their production. Everything is included—a guide to share the region’s wine history, entry fees, snacks, and minivan transport.
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Old Town Tour in Bratislava by Prešporáčik OldtimerAudio Guides

Old Town Tour in Bratislava by Prešporáčik Oldtimer

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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.
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  • 35 to 50 minutes
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