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.

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

Fantastic alternative view of Bratislava
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.
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.

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Tour operated by: Authentic Slovakia