Bratislava Post-Socialist City Tour - in Bratislava - LikeALocal Guide

Bratislava Post-Socialist City Tour

A funky retro tour in a legendary Czechoslovak 70s Škoda car or a crappy 8-seater Škoda 1203 van. We’ll take you to off-the-beaten-track places tied to Bratislava’s communist past and also show you some of the city’s recent transformations. Local insights are guaranteed!

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Tour operated by:
Authentic Slovakia

Highlights

  • See the first prefabricated socialist apartment block in Czechoslovakia
  • Check out abandoned industrial buildings (a brewery and a textiles factory)
  • Explore the largest socialist housing project in Europe
  • Discover political buildings and structures from Soviet times
  • Ride under the controversial UFO-like SNP Bridge
  • See border fortifications built by the Czechoslovak government in the 1930s
  • Visit the Slovak-Austrian border – once part of the Iron Curtain

Description

See a vast concrete housing estate, the Slavín war memorial, abandoned factories, riverside developments, a 1930s bunker, the former Iron Curtain border zone and lots of communist architecture on our post-socialist city tour. Local insights are guaranteed!

Our guides will bring the story of 20th-century Bratislava to life: political changes, the city’s location, contrasts between rich and poor, development of the society, architecture and more.

Please note that in some cases we cannot guarantee the retro car (winter weather, car repairs etc.) Instead we’ll get around in a funky green 1992 VW Caravelle or another ordinary car that’s in good health and has decent heating. Thank you for understanding.

What‘s included

  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Transport
  • Authentic refreshments

Reviews from participants

Sweet Tour, worth the money!
What was out of anyone's control: We had bad luck and booked our tour on one of the coldest days of recent history (down to -14° C), so we couldn't take the Skodas - it just too cold. Definitely not our guide's fault. Instead we got to do the tour with a VW Caravan from 92. Having said that, this tour was amazing and I'd recommend it to everyone! Our guide Peter knew a lot about the city, gave the tour a personal touch with his stories and (for this kind of tour not unimportant) drove us safely around town, in spite of the weather conditions. I specifically like how Peter is interested in ruins and abandoned buildings (I am too) and knows where to find them. They are getting fewer, sadly. I can only imagine how much cooler it would be with warm weather and in the retro cars. Seems I've to take the tour again some time ;) If you get the chance, take the tour. Period.
Interesting recent history of Bratislava
I'd like to thank our guide Brano for taking me and two others around the post-Socialist parts of Bratislava in his grandfather's old Skoda. It was a two-hour "Post Socialist City Tour" but the tour was so interesting and we enjoyed listening to Brano's tales of living in the city so much that it ran a little over time ... and no one cared. When you have seen enough of the pretty old town and feel like learning about it's more recent history, join one of Authentic Slovakia's tours.
Post Socialist city tour
We took the tour with Yuro and was a educational and interesting. He was fun, spoke very good English, and was very knowledgeable about the area and the history. We enjoyed his Skoda and his honest opinions! Really made the country more interesting!
Post socialist tour
I had a great time in Bratislava overall, but the highlight of my stay was the Post socialist tour with Authentic Slovakia. Together with a nice Dutch couple I spent two hours + in a Skoda from the 1970's with a very knowledgeable and humorous guide (Juro). He really could tie Slovakia's communist past to the present and took us to places we would never have visited on our own. With a bit more time in Bratislava I would also have taken the "Iron curtain" cycle tour. Authentic Slovakia makes ordinary guided tours look hollow and boring. Bjarne, Malmo. Sweden