Post-Communist Bratislava Tour

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25 EUR

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!

Duration: 2 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

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-communist Bratislava 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.

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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 (12)

5.0/5

A unique morning in Bratislava
We kicked off our first morning in Bratislava with this great tour and got much more than we expected. Thank you to Authentic Slovakia for the best part of our trip and for sharing your personal stories along with some unique sights! I can highly recommend Authentic Slovakia to anyone visiting!

We did this tour as a group of friends aged 35-40 and also took the Iron Curtain Bike Tour.
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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.
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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!
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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
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Tour operated by: Authentic Slovakia