Iron Curtain Bike Tour
Cold War is over!
Cycling along the Danube to the former Iron Curtain border zone with Austria, 1930's military bunker, beaches of the Danube and enjoying contrasts between medieval and modern.
Bicycle tour for anyone who feels like exploring off-the-beaten-track places in Bratislava and its outskirts. Easy route avoiding hills, 14 kilometres long.
Difficulty and safety:
14 kilometres on flat terrain. Anyone with basic cycling skills can manage. Almost all the route follows designated cycling tracks and pavements with no traffic. Helmets are provided upon request free of charge.
Easily the most unique tour I have been on ever. You can only see so many churches, castles and palaces. Seeing the recent socialism past was a very different and eye-opening trip through Bratislava. This is what Bratislava is all about. Truly enjoyable and overwhelming.
This was without doubt the best guided experience I have had to date. Juro did an fantastic job – both knowledgeable, enthusiastic and able tailor the experience to us. I give my highest recommendations to Authentic Slovakia.
It was a fascinating trip through this dystopian architects’ playground, and a really interesting look at how a small city like Bratislava has coped with the onslaught of communism and the effects of sudden urbanisation and centralized planning.
Sites covered during the tour may vary a bit, but this is more or less what you will see:
| former Jewish district and synagogue replaced by a controversial ufo-like SNP bridge
| transformations by the Danube river: new Zuckermandel district, River Park and former Park of Culture and Relax
| views of the last socialist housing project in Bratislava, Dlhé diely
| 1930’s Czechoslovak fortification system, bunker built against the potential Hitler’s invasion
| former Iron Curtain area, border between communist Czechoslovakia and Austria
| the first public park in Central Europe, Sad Janka Kráľa
| amazing views of the castle and other landmarks of Bratislava
Duration: 2 - 2,5 hours
Length: 14 kms (no hills:)
Availability: all year round
Bicycle rental, guide, drink and waffle
BikeBratislava, Panenská street 30 (map)
Price per person
€32 (2 participants)
€27 (3 participants)
€22 (4-7 participants)