Post-Communist Bratislava Tour

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Insightful, off the beaten track journey in a legendary 1970-1990’s Czechoslovak Škoda car (or an 8-seater van) with our local guide to the most intriguing spots of the Cold War era Bratislava.

Duration: 2.5 hours
    Available in
  • English
My husband, 15yr old son and I loved our tour with Juro. We were met in an original 1971 Skoda 100 - such a cool little car. We learnt so much about Bratislava that we would not have known or seen otherwise. Juro kept us entertained the whole trip. We would definitely recommend this tour to everyone.
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Reviewed by Laurel

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

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Description

Explore a vast concrete housing estate, the Soviet monument Slavín, post-industrial developments, the Iron Curtain border zone and loads of communist-era architecture. The tour brings alive the fascinating story of Bratislava in the turbulent 20th century.

What can you expect? Cool drive and quirky stops to see and understand:

- the first prefabricated apartment block in Slovakia as well as the largest socialist housing project, Petržalka
- communist-era architecture (inverted pyramid of Slovak Radio, rocket-shape TV tower Kamzík, Freedom Square)
- political objects: Soviet memorial Slavín, diplomatic 1970’s hotel, 1980’s parliament, villas of former communist leaders
- controversial ufo-like SNP bridge, causing destruction of the Jewish district
- former Iron Curtain area, border between communist Czechoslovakia and Austria

Please note that in some cases (winter conditions, car repairs etc.) we can not guarantee a classic Škoda car. In this case we go with our green 1992 VW 8-seater or other newer vehicle.

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What’s included & not included

  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Transport
  • Authentic refreshments

Meeting point

Namestie SNP 30 or at your accommodation

Reviews from travellers (13)

5.0/5

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!
Fun and different experience
The trip can certainly be recommended to others. It was a fun and different way to experience the history of the city. Both the car and the driver made the experience really good :-)

This operator has 10 reviews for other tours

5.0/5

Awesome way to see the town and learn its history
Easy cycle, mostly flat, bike was in good condition and the guide was awesome.
He did make a couple of changes to suit my love for ww2 history.
Great way to see the past!
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.
Excellent tour
We wanted a tour which wasn't just city centre and gave us a taste of Bratislava's and indeed Slovakia's history. Our tour guide Brana did just that. He used his own experience of being a local to share his knowledge as well as his education. The guide book really illustrated his points too. The bike tour was lovely.... We learnt about the city centre and beyond. Luckily it was good weather and we were treated to some historic refreshments! We loved Bratislava but loved it even more after our tour. It was flat in the main and about three hours long with plenty of interesting stops and conversations.
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Tour operated by: Authentic Slovakia