Highlights of Bratislava for curious first time visitors
Are you coming to Bratislava for the first time or looking for your first guided tour? Then this is the tour for you.
I will give you a brief overview of the history of the city and tell you about its development from the time of Celts to the 20th century. You will get to hear some funny legends and stories connected to the city and learn about several famous personalities who lived in Bratislava. We will have a look at the most important monuments in the medieval town (e. g. St. Martin's Cathedral, Franciscan Church, The Old Town Hall, the Archbishop's Palace, St. Michael's Gate, etc. ) and visit some picturesque squares (e. g. The Main Square and The Hviezdoslav Square with its neobaroque Opera House).
We will finish our tour in front of the art nouveau St. Elisabeth's Church (The Blue Church) situated in the heart of the so-called Franz Joseph Town.
The exact itinerary depends on the weather conditions. In case of rain or cold we will stay as much as possible in courtyards, churches and cellars.
The best meeting point is in front of the Tourist Information Centre at the corner of Primaciálne námestie (square) and Klobučnícka ulica (street).
Our tour will start with the Archbishop's Palace and the Old Town Hall. It is possible to climb the Town Hall Tower that offers a lovely view of the Main Square and the oldest part of Bratislava (please note that the tower is closed on Mondays).
Afterwards we will go to the Franciscan Church, walk down the Michalská Street and visit St. Martin's Cathedral. Our farewell to the Old Town will be on the Hviezdoslav Square, the social and cultural centre of the 19th and the early 20th century Bratislava.
We will walk along some winding streets, that were built over former Danube branches, and finally come to the Blue Church, the early 20th century jewel of Bratislava dedicated to St. Elisabeth of Thuringia, who was born in Bratislava.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station (- Main Train Station - Mlynské Nivy Bus Station), Cruise Ship Port, Hotel, Monument/Building, Suggested by Guide: In front of the Tourist Information Centre (48°08'38.8"N 17°06'35.8"E) at the corner of Klobučnícka ulica (street) and Primaciálne námestie (square). I will hold a sign with you name. Pick up from other places is also possible (e. g. from your hotel in the centre/train/bus station/passengers port.
Duration: 2 hours
It is a walking tour.
- Guiding Services
Estimated Local Cash Needed
15 EUR - You might need some water on hot days or a cup of coffee/tea in winter.
If you decide to visit the treasury and chapels of St. Martin's Cathedral or would like me to guide you inside, you will spend some extra cash.
I would recommend to visit the Old Town Hall Tower.
You might also need some money for souvenirs - I can show you souvenir shops that sell handmade, genuine products.
- Personal Expenses
- Food, Drinks, Snacks