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How to Spend 3 Days in Bratislava

How to Spend 3 Days in Bratislava

Three days in Bratislava let you sample everything from medieval history to craft beers. Taste local specialties, stroll the Old Town’s narrow lanes, explore the hilltop Bratislava Castle, and have time left over for a day trip to the Small Carpathian wine region. See below for the best 3-day trip to Bratislava.

 

Day 1: Old Town Essentials

Spend your first day exploring the Old Town, the historic heart of Bratislava. It’s easy to while away a day following winding streets or lounging in street-corner cafes but since the area is packed with stories and legends, it’s worth taking a tour to get some background on each place you see. Cars are prohibited in the Old Town so choose between a walking or trolley tour—trolleys have open sides that make it easy to take photographs, while walking tours reveal hidden details you may otherwise miss. Tours typically cover highlights such as the Old Town Hall, St. Martin’s Cathedral, and Bratislava Castle, which offers panoramic views from its hillside perch. 

After a day in the Old Town, join locals for a sunset walk along the Danube River; this riverside bike and pedestrian path is the perfect place to stroll.

Day 2: Wines of the Small Carpathians

Extending from Bratislava to Trnava, the Small Carpathians wine region has rolling vineyards, picturesque villages, and excellent wines: white muscatel varietals are a specialty here. Get an introduction to the Small Carpathians on a wine tour of the area, which takes you straight to the best tasting rooms and leaves you free to indulge by relieving the hassle of driving 

 

Wine tours of the Small Carpathians generally include more than one tasting stop, which is great for getting a broad perspective on the region’s wines. In addition to wineries, many Small Carpathians tours stop at Cerveny Kamen Castle (Red Stone Castle). Inside the 16th-century castle, admire antique furniture and visit a museum that delves into the history of Slovakia’s nobility and middle class.

 

Day 3: Communism and Cuisine

Discover the legacy of Soviet rule on a Communist history tour of the city, which offers a different perspective of Bratislava’s history to that of the Old Town. Stops on Communist tours tend to include abandoned bunkers, housing projects, and the border of the former Czechoslovakia—some tours even transport you in vintage, Soviet-era vehicles.

 

In the afternoon and evening, trade brutalist architecture for some of Bratislava best flavors. Whether you’re all about craft beer, looking for local wine, or interested in traditional Slovakian cuisine, a food-and-drink tour of Bratislava offers a curated list of destinations. If you’re visiting during the winter, don’t miss the chance to explore Christmas markets, which specialize in funnel cakes, mulled wine, and other seasonal treats.

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Devin Castle Tour with Currant Wine Tasting

Devin Castle Tour with Currant Wine Tasting

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Indulge in a relaxing day at Devin Castle, on the banks of a river. You’ll take an interesting tour of the castle, where you can learn all about the history of the region. Also get the chance to try red and blackcurrant wine, famous in the region. The experienced sommeliers will tell you all you need to know about the local specialty. This is an ideal tour for travelers who enjoy nature, culture, and the finer things in life.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$121.13
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$121.13

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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$77.87
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$77.87
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Bratislava Traditional Wine and Food Tour

Bratislava Traditional Wine and Food Tour

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Get a taste of Bratislava and its typical fare on this stress-free, guided walking tour of the city. Follow your guide through the old town and to the castle, stopping at local establishments for a tasting (included) of traditional Slovakian goods. Try a Slovak pastry, local wine made of currants, and more.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$61.46
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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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$14.83
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Bratislava 3-Hour Wine Tasting

Bratislava 3-Hour Wine Tasting

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Without a rental car, touring Bratislava’s wine country to taste local wines is near-impossible independently—with lots of cellars to call at and get around. This wine-tasting tour lays everything on: following the Little Carpathian wine route to visit various wineries and sample 13 different Slovak wines as you learn about their production. Everything is included—a guide to share the region’s wine history, entry fees, snacks, and minivan transport.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$90.38
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$90.38
Price varies by group size

Little Carpathian Wine Tour

Little Carpathian Wine Tour

Spend the day at the foot of the Small Carpathians, enjoying nature, culture, and fine wines. Visit Red Stone Castle, go to craft workshops, and see a wine cellar that’s over 500 years old. The expert sommelier will introduce you to some of the finest Slovakian wines, and teach you about this wine-growing region. This is an ideal way to escape the city for the day.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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2-Day Highlights Tour of Slovakia from Bratislava Cicmany Vlkolinec High Tatras

2-Day Highlights Tour of Slovakia from Bratislava Cicmany Vlkolinec High Tatras

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Experience the natural and man-made highlights of beautiful Slovakia on a private, 2-day tour from Bratislava. Witness the country’s untouched mountain and lake scenery with your very own guide, and discover uniquely preserved villages, castles and more. Admire the geometrically painted cottages of Cicmany; savor local cheese and cakes at a traditional sheep farm; don a head torch to explore Stanisovska cave; ride a cable car up soaring Lomnicky peak in the High Tatras and more. Overnight accommodation at a 4-star Tatras hotel, breakfast, and transport by private, air-conditioned vehicle included.
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  • 2 days
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$1,223.55
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Small Carpathian Wine Country Day Trip From Bratislava

Small Carpathian Wine Country Day Trip From Bratislava

Discover the charming wine towns and winemaking heritage of Slovakia’s beautiful Small Carpathian region on this 6-hour trip from Bratislava. Traveling by minivan, venture into the Carpathian foothills, and visit Red Stone Castle, a mighty medieval fortress, to view its grandiose chambers, chapel and wine cellar, one of Europe’s biggest. See the wine and pottery-making towns of Modra and Pezinok, learn about Majolica pottery, and try crafting your own piece at a workshop. After free time for lunch sample some fruity local wines at a winery before returning to Bratislava.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$241.99
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$241.99
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