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Carpathian Castle Ruins Tour from Bratislava


45 EUR

Visit off-the-beaten-track places without tourist and souvenirs, but with a special medieval atmosphere instead. This tour takes you to two atmospheric castle ruins with splendid views of the surrounding hills, forests as well as lowlands.

Duration: 6 hours
    Available in
  • English
A great tour if you have a spare half day to get some exercise and explore the past. A small and personal tour, with knowledgeable friendly guide. We thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity to explore the Slovakian countryside and see ruins in their 'natural' state.
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  • Explore the ruins of the Pajštún and Plavecký castles
  • Walk through picturesque Carpathian forests
  • Relax with a drink at an authentic local pub

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Slovakia is a country with an unexpectedly high density of castles and castle ruins, hundreds of which are hidden in Carpathian forests. They were built to protect against Tatar invasions in 13th century, serving for the next 500 years.

During this 6-hour tour, you’ll explore two castle ruins:

1. Pajštún Castle stands proudly above the Little Carpathians and offers splendid views. It was destroyed by Napoleon.

2. Plavecký Castle served as a fortress from 1256–1703. It offers views to the forested Záhorská lowland.

A one-hour hike is included at both locations. Picturesque surroundings and a drink at a local pub are included, too!

There is an option to do an enlongered tour to 4 castles - on demand.

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What’s included & not included

  • English-speaking guide
  • Private transport by car/minivan
  • Drink + little snack at a local pub

Meeting point

Namestie SNP 30 or at your accommodation

Reviews from travellers (4)


Carpathian Castles Tour - A Must Do!
The Carpathian Castle Ruins Tour was one of the best experiences we have ever had in a trip. It is a “Must Do”. It was the perfect way to explore the Slovakian countryside and to get to know the Slovakian history.
We explored some spooky and picturesque Slovakian castles. We learned a lot about the Slovakian History, from the Middle Ages to the Communist and post-Communist era. We enjoyed the Slovakian nature: mysterious forests, local wildlife. Very beautiful scenery, untouched by tourism.
But the best part of our tour was our guide, Juro. He was an EXCELLENT guide. Friendly and knowledgeable at the same time. We had become friends by the end of the tour. Thank you Juro for making our trip unforgettable.

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Very interesting tour with a great guide!
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.

A Great Experience
We had a very nice tour with the fancy guids and their busses. They let us known all types of history of the city Bratislava. We were talking about a lot of things and there was enough space for a good joke on the tour.
When you are in Bratislava, call these boys!!!
Awesome tour!
This was an awesome of the beaten track tour. The old van was great and our guide such a nice guy! Reccomend bog time!!
Great Tour!
What a great tour! Informative in a nice way, lots of great sights and a beer at the lake. In fact, after the tour we went back to the lake by ourself to enjoy it even more! Thanks!
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45 EUR
  • Full refund if you cancel up to 72 hours before the tour
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Tour operated by: Authentic Slovakia