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Bratislava Castle (Bratislavsky Hrad) Tours

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Bratislava Castle (Bratislavsky Hrad)
Perched atop a forested hill on the north bank of the Danube River, overlooking the Old Town (Stary Mesto), Bratislava Castle (Bratislavsky Hrad) is the city’s most distinctive landmark. Visible from all over the city, the grand Renaissance palace dates back to the 16th century and now houses the Museum of History, part of the Slovak National Museum.
 
The Basics
A Bratislava Castle tour is at the top of many visitor’s itineraries, and even if you don’t explore the interior, it’s worth climbing the castle hill for a stunning panoramic view over the city. If you don’t want to climb the steps up to the castle, opt for a scenic city tour aboard a Presporacik—a traditional open-top trolley bus—instead.
 
It’s also possible to take in the highlights of Bratislava, including the castle, on a day trip from Budapest, Hungary, or Vienna, Austria.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Plan to spend up to two hours to tour the castle and grounds.
  • Entrance to the castle museum is free on the first Sunday of the month.
  • Some parts of the castle are wheelchair accessible.
 
How to Get There
The castle is located on a hilltop at the western end of Bratislava Old Town. It’s possible to walk to the castle from the city center; it takes around 15 minutes from St. Martin's Cathedral, passing beneath the New Bridge, and then climbing up the steps to the Sigismund Gate. The closest bus stops to the castle are Hrad and Zamocka.
 
When to Get There
Bratislava Castle is open daily, except Mondays, throughout the year. The busiest time to visit is in peak season (July–August), when it’s best to arrive in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid the crowds.
 
History of Bratislava Castle
The castle has been at the center of Bratislava history for centuries and was one of the many palatial residences of Europe’s Habsburg dynasty. In the 1750s, Empress Marie Therese gave the castle’s interior a rococo makeover, but after her death in 1780, it became a garrison, before tragically destroyed by fire in 1811. It was reconstructed in the 1950s, and in 1992 the constitution for the newly independent Slovakia was signed here.
Address: Zámocka, Bratislava 811 01, Slovakia
Admission: Varies
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22 Tours and Activities to Experience Bratislava Castle (Bratislavsky Hrad)

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Bratislava Castle Tour by Presporacik

Bratislava Castle Tour by Presporacik

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Get easy transport to the Bratislava Castle in an old-fashioned Presporacik with a convertible top. Board the coach in Hviezdoslavovo Square, and drive through Old Town, passing by popular landmarks like the upside-down pyramid, Slovak National Theater, and more. At the Bratislava Castle, walk around the grounds, and enjoy its scenic views.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$14.75
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$14.75

The Nearly All tour of Bratislava

The Nearly All tour of Bratislava

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This day tour is ideal for travelers who have a short time in Bratislava. It’s a leisurely tour that covers ‘nearly all’ of the city’s must-see and do attractions, so you can get to know the Slovak capital in just a short time. Your local guide will give you further tips on how to spend time in the city, if you happen to be staying longer.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$201.30
Price varies by group size
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$201.30
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Castle Tour and entry to Bratislava castle

Castle Tour and entry to Bratislava castle

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The magnificent Bratislava Castle is a highlight of the city. Get the most out of your time in Bratislava by traveling in a unique way—aboard a city train from Hviezdoslav Square to the castle. The train will help you save time, and you’ll also see many city highlights en route, such as Slovak National Theatre, and Parliament. When you get to the castle, you won’t have to wait in long visitor lines as entrance tickets are provided.
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  • 40 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.95
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$35.95

Bratislava Post-Communism Tour

Bratislava Post-Communism Tour

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Bratislava’s modern history continues to fascinate many visitors, but matching landmarks to their historic context can be difficult. Discover the Soviet influence on the city with a tour of sights including the Slavín monument, Petržalka housing estate, and the SNP Bridge, and gain insight into post-communist life. Travel around town in a retro vehicle, benefiting from the small-group size with personalized attention from your guide.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$77.43
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$77.43
Price varies by group size

Local Secrets of Bratislava Small-Group Tour with Picnic

Local Secrets of Bratislava Small-Group Tour with Picnic

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Exploring Bratislava independently may show you the sights, but won’t provide an inside take on the city. This walking tour delivers: letting you experience its past, culture, and food through local eyes. Find the Old Town’s secret places, discover crowd-free pubs and viewpoints, ride a trolleybus, enjoy a Bratislavan picnic, and more: all as your guide shares stories you’d otherwise miss. Entry fees and select foods and drinks are included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$76.69
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$76.69
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Enjoy Bratislava Castle Tour

Enjoy Bratislava Castle Tour

On the way to the castle you will see the Slovak National Theatre – Opera and the Philharmonic, lots of magnificent churches, the upside down Pyramid – Radio, Presidential – Grasalkovich palace, the old archbishop summer palace which are now Government offices, Parliament, fortification walls, St. Martin Coronation Cathedral …..and you will come back to the Old Town, from where we recommend that you continue with the second Old Town Tour or take a guided walk.
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  • 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$49.13
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$49.13

Bratislava City and Castle Tour

Bratislava City and Castle Tour

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Discover the major attractions of Bratislava on a walking tour with a guide that provides a great overview of the city for first-time visitors. See places such as Primates' Palace, Michael's Gate, the main square, St. Martin's Cathedral, and Bratislava Castle, which you can visit with entry at your own expense. Along the way, learn about the city's history and culture.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$95.86
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$95.86
Price varies by group size

Red Stone Castle (Day Tour to Small Carpathian wine region from Bratislava)

Red Stone Castle (Day Tour to Small Carpathian wine region from Bratislava)

Private fully guided tour with a guide-driver that will show you all the highlights of the Slovak countryside in the Small Carpathian region. Including a unique excursion of Bratislava`s old town from the board of small old-timer bus. After the excursion ride of Bratislava your driver take you to small town called Modra to exclusive ELESKO Wine park where you can taste ordinary home dishes, made in extraordinary quality and learn about the whole process of wine production. Afternoon the tour continuing to the most beautiful castle in the Small Carpathian mountains, situated just several tens of kilometers from the Capital Bratislava and is one of the best preserved Slovak Castles - Red Stone (Červený Kameň). Take a walk in its enclosing romantic garden, by an expert guide learn about its spooky legend or admire numerous historical paintings and the exhibited furniture used by the aristocracy. After the castle excursion your driver will drive you back to Bratislava.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$479.29
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$479.29
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Bratislava Private City Tour

Bratislava Private City Tour

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Get to know beautiful Bratislava on a 6-hour private walking tour. Accompanied by your own private guide, stroll the cobbled streets and squares of the Old Town, and see landmarks including the National Theatre, Blue Church of St Alzbeta, St Martin’s Cathedral and more. Learn about Bratislava’s history, admire the panoramic views from Bratislava Castle, and drive to Devin Castle to stroll around the rocktop castle ruins and along the River Danube. As this is a private tour, enjoy the flexibility to tailor you itinerary as you wish.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$307.25
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$307.25
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Taxi City Tour Bratislava

Taxi City Tour Bratislava

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Wait ...What about the route? As proud Bratislavian born adventurers we created the route combining the most scenic views, must-visit spots, off the beaten path panoramas and frightening haunted places. This takes you not just to the city center, Castle hill, Slavin monument, but also to the other river bank, where you will find an external castle settlement, riverside, railway station, Presidential Palace, Prime Minister’s Palace, the famous Slovak radio pyramid turned upside down, Blue church, Horse Railway station and the new skyscraper downtown. Hearing the stories around the places you will go or stop by, together with the historical pictures and videos as well as visualisations of the parts being built, this is the most compact tour you will have ever been to. Guaranteed.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$47.93
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$47.93

Bratislava by Night Tour

Bratislava by Night Tour

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Explore the capital of Slovakia while it’s illuminated during this evening walking tour. Head out on foot to explore important landmarks including the Bratislava Castle, the Old Town, and the UFO Observation Deck. Listen to engaging commentary about the history and culture of the city from your guide and top off the evening with a nightcap at the UFO Tower with stunning views of Bratislava.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$48.32
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$48.32
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Historical Bratislava Walking Tour

Historical Bratislava Walking Tour

Bratislava is not just the capital of Slovakia, but the incredibly interesting and old town in central Europe locate near the Danube River. This city changed its name five times! Its history goes back to Roman times, or maybe even earlier. Bratislava Castle is the best point of the Old Town. Just 15 minutes climbing the hill will show you views of the Baroque gardens, and will reveal the history of Bratislava in the Museum of the castle. Have you ever seen medieval torture instruments? Do you know how many kings and queens were coroneted in the St. Martin’s Cathedral? Do know that you are in the pedestrian area of the Old Town if you passed through St. Michael’s Gate? With local charismatic guide will visit Old Town Hall, Primatial Palace, Nedbalka Gallery where you will hear stories and secrets of this beautiful city.
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  • 3 hours
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$490.37
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$490.37
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Full-Day Private Trip from Bratislava to Prague

Full-Day Private Trip from Bratislava to Prague

This tour makes it easy to discover Prague’s top sights, all in one day Round-trip transit from your Bratislava hotel via comfortable vehicle Learn all about the city and its major attractions from your guide
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$1,247.09
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$1,247.09
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Taste of Bratislava Walking Tour

Taste of Bratislava Walking Tour

Bratislava is Slovak capital situated just 60 km from the Austrian capital Vienna. It is located near the Danube River. Do you know that the city changed its name five times? Discovering so many places of interest, like Town Hall, Primatial Palace, Martin’s Cathedral, Bratislava Castle, St. Michael’s Gate, do not forget to taste Bratislava food and drinks! You should explore some of Slovak cuisine and have some drinks. Bratislava has a big variety of places where you will enjoy potatoes, dumplings, thick sauces and cheeses. Have you ever tried plum brandy called Slivovica? An experienced local guide will take you around the best places to try Slovak cuisine! You will get to meet craft producers, creative beer makers! You will not just taste unique dishes like Kofola, Treska v majonéze, Kapustnica, Bryndzové halusky, but will hear stories about how these dishes became so popular and will try Slovak popular Black Currant Wine and Honey Wine.
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  • 5 hours
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$663.64
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$663.64
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The best of Bratislava Walking tour

The best of Bratislava Walking tour

Bratislava Castle is one of the biggest attractions of our days. Walking through Primate´s Palace and Square, crossing the courtyard of the Old Town Hall will leave you speechless and excited. Do you know that Bratislava is a favorite Christian pilgrimage destination? What is so special about this palace? Can we travel back to Bratislava’s 15th century where its Gothic cathedral was against the city walls and even had a secondary role as a bastion? Would you like a walkover an elegant tangle of streets Michael’s Gate, which dates to the very start of the 14th century? A local charismatic guide will reveal the secrets and interesting facts about Franciscans Square, Biela, Ventúrska Streets, Hviezdoslavovo Square and other incredible places of the lovely town of Bratislava.
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  • 2 hours
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$553.03
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$553.03
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One day private trip to Bratislava from Budapest with guide!

One day private trip to Bratislava from Budapest with guide!

Bratislava is one of the oldest Celtic towns, the boarder of the Roman empire, the western bulwark of the Hungarian Kingdom, the last marine port of the Danube during the Middle Ages, the town of merchants and craftsmen with rich vineculture tradition, and the Coronation town of Hungarian Kings for more than 200 years. Discover Bratislava with a private guide on a one day trip from Budapest!
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$260.00
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$260.00
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2-Hour Private Sightseeing flight over Bratislava

2-Hour Private Sightseeing flight over Bratislava

Unique sightseeing flights across whole country. Enjoy beautiful views on nearby mountains, all city districts and obviously, all the main landmarks of surrounding cities. Our company Letecké Zážitky is the main provider of sightseeing flights in Slovakia. Try it out and enjoy beautiful scenery of Slovak nature.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$178.54
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$178.54

Best customized walking tour with bonus

Best customized walking tour with bonus

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Years of experience guarantee - enjoy presentation by passionate local guide with a walk through the city center, its interesting buildings and landmarks, Bratislava castle and much more... Expect tour full of fun, interesting topics and insights, information about Bratislava and Slovakia in general, its history and traditions only this guy can show you. After this experience, you will certainly love and understand the lovely country of Slovakia.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$23.84
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$23.84
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PRIVATE GRAND CITY TOUR IN BRATISLAVA with Devin Castle

PRIVATE GRAND CITY TOUR IN BRATISLAVA with Devin Castle

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This Tour will present Bratislava as a whole, with its extensive historical core. The tour is combined and the first half of the sightseeing is on foot and the second is panorama city tour by car. This excursion will give you a complete picture of Bratislava and it will shows you also the Bratislava second castle Devin, located on the border of three countries and on the border of two rivers.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$175.13
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$175.13
Price varies by group size

Bratislava Grand City Tour with Devin Castle

Bratislava Grand City Tour with Devin Castle

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This Tour will present Bratislava as a whole, with its extensive historical core. The tour is combined and the first half of the sightseeing is on foot and the second panorama city tour by car.. This excursion will give you a complete picture of Bratislava and it will shows you also the Bratislava's second castle Devin, located on the border of thre countries and on the border of two rivers.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$143.79
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$143.79
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Local Secrets of Bratislava: Private Tour Including Picnic

Local Secrets of Bratislava: Private Tour Including Picnic

This Bratislava private tour starts with a shot of a local spirit right in the middle of the main town square. Need we say more? Okay fine, just a little more: skip the generic Old Town tours and do this one. Why? Because it’s full of local bites, local sights, and local sips, showing you a side of Bratislava you won’t see with anyone else. Now let’s go.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$76.69
Price varies by group size
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$76.69
Price varies by group size
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Private Full Day Tour to Bratislava from Budapest with Hotel pick-up

Private Full Day Tour to Bratislava from Budapest with Hotel pick-up

Your private driver will pick you up in your hotel or desired place in Budapest and drives you towards Bratislava. During this tour, we will visit the most famous museums of the town. The tour starts at the streets of the old neigbourhood of Staré Mesto, more exactly at Grassalkovich Palace. We will walk from here to St. Michael’s Tower through Obchodná Street, the main shopping artery of Bratislava. We will continue to visit the Main Square, the Old Town Hall and the Bratislava City Museum in a row. After a little break at one of its restaurants, our next stop will be the Old Slovak National Theater, a theatre of drama, opera and ballet. Walking by the Nový Most bridge across the Danube, we will get to know the very interesting and eclectic Bibiana Gallery in Panska Street. At the end of the tour, your private driver will take you back to your starting point in Budapest.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$710.55
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$710.55
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