Post-Communist Bratislava Tour
Take a journey in a legendary Czechoslovak Škoda car (or 8-seater van) through the most intriguing spots of the communist-era Bratislava with our local guide. We are ready to uncover the identity of Bratislava without a censorship for you.
Explore a vast concrete housing estate, the Soviet monument Slavín, post-industrial developments, the Iron Curtain border zone and loads of communist-era architecture. This off-the-beaten-track tour brings alive the story of Bratislava in the turbulent 20th century.
Need more? Prolong the standard 2-hour Post-Communist Bratislava Tour according to your preferences by one or more of the extensions. Explore abandoned sites, taste local food in hidden corners or visit the iconic Devín castle. Local insights and authentic stories guaranteed!
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.
Duration: 2 hours
Availability: all year round
Vintage 1970's Škoda car (2-3 participants) or minivan (4-7 participants) transport, English-speaking guide, soft drink
Námestie SNP (Square) or your accommodation/station
Time: according to agreement
Price per person
(by 2 guests)
(by 3 guests)
(by 4-7 guests)
Please note that in some cases (winter conditions, car repairs etc.) we can not guarantee a classic Škoda car. In this case we go with our green 1992 VW 8-seater or other newer vehicle.
Tour highlights (sites can vary a bit depending on actual conditions)
| the first prefabricated apartment block in Czechoslovakia as well as the largest communist-era housing project, Petržalka
| communist-era architecture (inverted pyramid of Slovak Radio, rocket-shape TV tower Kamzík, Freedom Square)
| political objects: Soviet memorial Slavín, diplomatic 1970’s hotel, 1980’s parliament, villas of former communist leaders
| drive under the controversial ufo-like SNP bridge, causing destruction of the Jewish district
| pre-WWII Czechoslovak fortification system, bunkers built against the potential Hitler’s invasion
| former Iron Curtain area, border between communist Czechoslovakia and Austria
Need more? Prolong the 2-hour Post-Communist Bratislava Tour according to your preferences by one or more of the extensions. Explore abandoned sites, taste local food in hidden corners or visit the iconic Devín castle. Local insights and authentic stories guaranteed!
+2 hours, 15€ per person
+2 hours, 20€ per person
+2 hours, 25€ per person
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Post-Communist Bratislava Tour by Bus
Are you a bigger group? We are ready to find some solution and fit you into several cars - or we will be happy to take you for the tour by original retro bus, made in Czechoslovakia. Perfect 2-hour solution both for sightseeing and teambuildings. Click for more details.
Not decided yet? Take a look also on our other tours in Bratislava
Iron Curtain Bike Tour: cycling tour from Bratislava Old Town to WWII bunker and border zone with Austria
Working Class Food Tour: walking tour beyond the Old Town with tasting workers' cuisine in retro spots with locals
Devín Hike and Drink Tour: hiking tour to visit Devín castle, abandoned military base and wine tasting at local producer
Authentic Wine Tour: wine tasting tour to Svätý Jur, picturesque town in Little Carpathian wine region
Village Pub Crawl: alternative tour to explore authentic local pubs in Záhorie region
Carpathian Castle Ruins Tour: visit medieval castle ruins settled above the Carpathian forests