You do not need to book in advance, just show up. Make sure you have water and comfortable shoes with you, as this is a 3 hour tour.
ON THE TOUR:
This free tour covers the sad stories of the Slovak people during the fascist World War 2 Slovak state (1939-1945) and the communist era in the Czechoslovakian Socialist Republic (1948-1989).
There are many unique and sad stories to be told, so they will not be forgotten. Stories including the holocaust, the uprising, fleeing over the iron curtain, and more…
Slavin War Monument, The Pyramid, Blue church, Iron Curtain, Ufo Tower, Liberty Square, the last synagogue in Bratislava.
We cover the crimes of communism and also try to explain to you the details of our socialist system.
! Please bring a 1 EURO coin with you, as we will be using public transport on this tour ( if you have a valid ticket, you do not need it ) !
What to do after the Free tour?
Slavin – WW2 Memorial with a great view of West Bratislava, free of charge, 1 hour return trip from the meeting/ending point of the free walking tour (Free)
Michal’s Gate – museum of city walls and historical weapons with the BEST viewpoint of the old-town, just around the corner from the meeting/ending point of the free walking tour (3 €).
Nova Trznica – Communist market hall, with good local wine 1L-2€, and very traditional meals on the 1st floor. You should use public transport and could be a nice 1 hour round trip from the meeting/ending point of the free walking tour (Free).
Old Town Hall – A complex museum of the Old town and Bratislava with the old prison and tower view. It is just around the corner from the meeting/ending point of the free walking tour (5 €).
Devin Castle – A beautiful castle at the edge of Slovakia, which is in the middle of a wine area known for Ribezlak, surrounded by Austria. Blown up by Napoleon in the 19th century and now a great place to relax! A round trip from the old-town would be around 3 hours (4 €).
Danubiana Modern Art Gallery – One of the most exclusive galleries in Central Europe at the edge of Slovakia, surrounded by Hungary. You need to use public transportation but is really worth it and will take you around 3 hours! Make sure you get a student ticket for the gallery, no card needed… (5 €)
Kamzik TV Tower – The tallest structure in Bratislava, it is even possible to see Vienna from it! A nice bar up on top with beer for 2€, also it gives you great hiking trails, if you are tired of Free Walking Tours. With public transportation could be a 3-4 hour round trip (Free).
Devin + Bunkers – Devinska kobyla is an abandoned Soviet army base in the middle of a beautiful national park, not 100% legal but it is cool and you do not have to jump fences. + Devin Castle together can take up to 6-8 hours.
3 countries 1 day – Rent a bike under the UFO for 10 € and cycle the Danube in three different countries, something super unusual and one of the great strengths of Bratislava, can take you up to 8 hours if you want.
Svaty Jur, Pezinok, Trnava, Nitra – These are smaller towns with & wine/food/history around Bratislava with little tourism and lot of fun, can take as much time as you want.