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Bratislava Off the Beaten Path Tour - recommended also by Rick Steves
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Bratislava Off the Beaten Path Tour - recommended also by Rick Steves

By Martin Sloboda Expert Private Tours in Bratislava and Slovakia
Recommended by 100% of travellers
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About
Bratislava’s Old Town has many authentic corners where you step back several centuries. It’s preserved medieval core is full of narrow streets along the former town walls, numerous Renaissance courtyards full of little cafés, shops and galleries and romantic quiet corners. Enjoy a guided walking tour away from the main tourist paths through some of the town’s narrowest streets with original cobbled stones. Listen to stories about houses and personalities and get fascinated by the charm of this quaint city.
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Duration: 2h
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What's not included
  • Entry/Admission - St. Martin's Cathedral (Dom svateho Martina)
  • Entry/Admission - Primates' Palace (Primacialny palac)


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
  • Radisson Blu Carlton Hotel, Bratislava, Hviezdoslavovo námestie 3, 811 02 Bratislava-Staré Mesto, Slovakia
    in front of the Carlton Hotel main entrance
Pickup details
  • We agree on a suitable meeting point in advance, depending on how you arrive to Bratislava or in which hotel you stay.
Hotel pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
    Port pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included ports.
    • Twin City Liner docking in Bratislava
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Wheelchair accessible
      • Stroller accessible
      • Near public transportation
      • Infant seats available
      • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 211456P1

      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Most travellers can participate
      • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

      • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

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      Itinerary
      • You'll start at
        Radisson Blu Carlton Hotel, Bratislava
        Or, you can also get picked up
        See departure details
      • 1
        Bratislava Old Town
        Stop: 2 hours
        See details
      • 2
        St. Martin's Cathedral (Dom svateho Martina)
        Stop: 15 minutes - Admission excluded
        See details
      • 3
        Primates' Palace (Primacialny palac)
        Stop: 25 minutes - Admission excluded
        See details
      • You'll return to the starting point
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      • Martin Sloboda Expert Private Tours in Bratislava and Slovakia
        162
        Bratislava, Slovakia
        Joined in December 2013
      • Woodyandblackie
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        Best tour guide in the world!!
        Martin was the absolute best guide you could ever have. His knowledge and love of his country shine through. He is friendly and injects a sense of humor in his tours that will make you fall in love with both him and his country. Absolutely a great guy and a beautiful country. You'll learn so much from him without even realizing it! I was so sad when our tour was over!
        Written 10 December 2023
      • SUSANZ531
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        Exceptional Travel Adventures in Slovakia
        My travels to Slovakia were more meaningful than I could ever have imagined. Whether you are simply curious about what Slovakia has to offer or want to dig deeper into your ancestry – you couldn’t be in better hands than with Martin Sloboda and his Company. Because of a family emergency, Martin went out of his way to accommodate changes to our itinerary, for which I am extremely grateful. All total, I spent four full days and two half days with Martin. Half of the time, I was traveling solo with Martin and the rest, a friend from the UK joined in the fun. Martin is a charming and passionate ambassador for Slovakia. He offers thoughtful historical and cultural perspectives, access to off-the-beaten-track/hidden gems and a deep knowledge of wine. Martin was attentive to little details that made each tour and day trip so special. I could not begin to tell you which of the many experiences were my favorites, but I must confess, I’m already thinking about a trip to the Eastern part of Slovakia next year. I can’t wait!
        Written 1 October 2023
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        Best kept secret in Eastern Europe
        While on a three city tour through Eastern Europe (Prague, Vienna, Budapest), our travel agent encouraged us to stop at this lovely, fantastic UNESCO city. We were not only blown away by the beauty, peacefulness, and sheer amount of history but we learned there is an adjacent wine region …chateaus …that is highly rated. We could have easily spent at least 3 - 4 days here. The sidewalk cafes, beautifully preserved ancient architecture, artists, etc. Martin Sloboda was our brilliant city guide who was a wealth of historical information as is his entire team. A small aside - he edits Rick Steve’s books on Eastern Europe. Martin tours many world dignitaries. We determined that Bratislava was by far our most favorite city of ALL the cities we toured. We are going to plan a trip to this region and city (specifically) for our upcoming 40th wedding anniversary - it’s just that romantic. BEST KEPT SECRET IN EASTERN EUROPE!
        Written 24 September 2023
      • der0nlinereisef_hre0
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        Great German speaking tour guide
        A very competent and well organized tour guide, fluent in German and English. Organized our bus tour with 25 ppersons perfectly. Personally it was a pleasure to meet Martin. He gave us great insights into history and society of Slowakia. we would book him again everytime!
        Written 21 September 2023
      • 88Marine
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        Priceless Memories from Beautiful Slovakia!
        Fantastic, wonderful, awesome - the list goes on. If you are heading to Bratislava and/or other parts of Slovakia and are looking for a guide service - you don't need to look any further. My wife and I started off our two week trip to Europe in Slovakia and we could not have asked for a better experience. Martin was extremely helpful with our planning and recommended excellent accommodations which we thoroughly enjoyed. Upon arrival, we started with a full day tour of Bratislava with Martin himself. What a delightful day it was. The tour was exciting, educational, and pure joy. We toured multiple districts of the city, enjoyed a delicious lunch in the city center, learned some basic Slovak language, learned some history of Bratislava & Slovakia, and picked up tips from Martin that helped us in our exploration of other European cities on our trip. There were also some wonderful surprises but I don't want to ruin those for anyone who might tour in the future. My grandparents are originally from the Trenčín region in Slovakia and we were hoping to tour the villages they came from and perhaps meet a distant relative. This next part of our journey was when things really got exciting. With a few months notice, Martin and his associates were able to find the home where my grandmother was born and lived in, located a distant relative which we were able to meet and establish future communications with, gain us entry into the church where my great grandparents were married and where my grandfather was baptized, and we were able to tour both villages where my grandparents originally came from. The search also resulted in locating my grandfather's plot of land that is being held in trust by the government of Slovakia. I was informed by the mayor of the village that I can start the process to claim the land if I wish!!! How do you explain this experience with words? Martin arranged to have a driver/interpreter with us throughout this portion of the trip and he - Milosh - was a real pleasure to spend time with. He was also the person who conducted the research in the villages before we arrived. We are forever grateful for their efforts and the results. Truly unbelievable. Now for the practical side of the trip. First, the prices for everything in Slovakia were very reasonable. We had an expectation to pay twice what the cost of Martin Sloboda's service was. The results were simply priceless. The accommodations in Bratislava and Trenčín were excellent and were extremely reasonable. I would estimate the cost to be a third of what you would pay in many capital cities around the world. I should mention that in Bratislava, our hotel was beautiful with modern amenities - with the original structure built in the 12th Century! Our meals were excellent and prepared fresh with local ingredients. Again, we would expect to pay at least twice as much as we paid for the same meals in just about every city in the U.S. The service in the hotels and restaurants was excellent and the people were very friendly. My wife and I went for a late evening walk along the Danube in Bratislava and came across many pedestrians and families. We walked from the Old Town to the city center and back finishing around 10pm and felt completely safe. Even in you are not of Slovak descent, Bratislava as well as the castle in Trenčín are a must visit when visiting Eastern Europe. It truly is a beautiful area. Don't hesitate to contact Martin and his associates if you are headed there. We can't wait to head back and visit the High Tatras.
        Written 21 May 2023
      • randallm976
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        "Trip of a Lifetime"
        Martin arranged a fantastic one week tour of Slovakia for our family. He worked with a genealogist to locate relatives and arranged for us to visit with them. The entire process of planning and coordinating the trip was easy due to his attention to detail. All aspects of our trip, the transportation, guides and accommodations were beyond our expectations. We all appreciate how he made this the trip of a lifetime for our family and would definitely recommend Martin and his team for anyone visiting Slovakia!
        Written 16 May 2023
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        Excellent tour
        We were thrilled to have Martin show us his hometown of Bratislava. Although we had booked a tour of the Historic Center, we got so much more; things that we wouldn’t have been able to do on our own. Martin drove us up in the hills for views and took us to the newest part of the city to learn about Bratislava’s growth. We learned more in those three hours than we would have learned on any other tour. And Martin is such a wealth of information and his English is impeccable. An exceptional tour!
        Written 9 May 2023
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        Wonderful Learning Experience
        We spent a very informative day with Martin as he shared the history of Bratislava with our group of four people. We chose a combination of walking and driving for our Essential City Tour. Martin was very knowledgeable and entertaining as we walked around the Old Town and we drove to the Castle and surrounding areas. It was a very enjoyable day.
        Written 20 December 2022
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        An excellent day in Bratislava with Martin
        We thought we were going to have to cancel our excursion from Vienna to Bratislava. The trains in Austria went on strike for the day. But Martin managed to get us bus tickets. And off we went. Martin picked us up at the bus depot. We started with a drive around town, including going up to the castle. Then we walked around the old town. Throughout, Martin was amazing. He knows so much about the history of that whole region of Europe. And about Bratislava. For example, he showed us amazing courtyards that we would never have spotted on our own. And he got us to try a Bratislava specialty -- Pressburg (the old name for Bratislava) bajgel, a croissant-shaped pastry with ground walnuts inside. A wonderful day.
        Written 29 November 2022
      • EZ7continents
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        Best Guide Out There
        If you are looking for a very genuine, kind, and outgoing tour guide who knows his stuff then you are in the right place. Other tour guides were coming to Martin for information about places we visited, if that is any sort of indicator to how knowledgeable he is. Amazing tour and would definitely do it again.
        Written 23 November 2022
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        A day in Bratislava
        We arrived in Bratislava on the 10AM train from Vienna. Martin met us at the station and off we went to explore a city rich in history. Martin is a local, Bratislava is his city. You can her the pride and love he has for Bratislava in every sentence that comes out of his lips. We learned about history, music, and culture both past and present. We asked many questions and Martin had answers and prospective on all of them often weaving in personal experience of himself and his family. Having Martin as our guide made our short visit very successful and left us with wanting to go back for more.
        Written 15 November 2022
      • maple244
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        Fantastic Tour!
        We spent a half day with Martin who gave us a overview tour of Bratislava. It was excellent. He shared so much of the country’s history, showed us all the must see sights of the city and much more. Martin treated us like VIPs and we had a great day. We plan to return and see more of this beautiful country.
        Written 14 April 2022
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        A Fabulous City Tour
        We were given a wonderful walking/driving tour of Bratislava on 7 September by Martin. Not only was our guide knowledgeable, but he also gave us 110% effort in making the tour of his home town memorable (including meeting us at the Bratislava train stain to begin). There were no questions he could not answer and no special request was ever not accommodated. this was a city tour of Bratislava with enthusiasm. Our biggest surprise was Martin's understanding of all things wine (but then he is named for the patron saint of wine makers), both Slovakian and international. All in all, Martin is a true Renaissance Man. You cannot do better than to have Martin as both a city guide and to discover everything about Slovakian wine making and its history.
        Written 19 September 2021
      • Jürgen P
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        It couldn't be better
        There was nothing left to be desired: Mr Bratislava himself gave us a knowledgeable, enthusiastic tour of "his" city. It is certain that we will book him again, even if he shows us the same thing again. We fell in love with this city - through him.
        Written 24 August 2021
      • davidmH1086AB
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        Exclusive Bachelors-party
        Martin turned our weekend in Bratislava into an adventure! At my exclusive bachelors-party weekend, me and 15 friends of mine, had a deep dive into Slovakia’s wine and sparkling wine culture, sporty adventures, historical sightseeing in- and near to Bratislava. Beside cultural impressions, Martin also arranged perfectly fitting culinary highlights (taking also care about our vegan guests). Within the whole weekend, Martin was a part of our group and let us be a part of Slovakian history and secrets. All of us were impressed about his knowledge, energy and motivation on each of our days. I didn’t felt that he is working – he is living his dream!
        Written 23 June 2021
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      Rachel McLockli... S
      1 contribution
      May 2022
      Based off of a Rick Steves recommendation, I set up a tour of Bratislava with Martin Sloboda, more or less as a good stopping point between Budapest and Prague. I went in with no expectations, and boy did Martin blow me away. Within four short hours, I totally fell in love with Bratislava and Slovakia and learned a tremendous amount about a country that I knew practically nothing before I arrived. I am so grateful to Martin for such an amazing experience. I would recommend him to anyone and would even go as far as saying do not visit Slovakia without experiencing it through the Martin Sloboda Tour Agency. Wow. I will definitely be traveling back to Slovakia for sure in the future. For the record, I travel very extensively and this was one of my favorite tours I've ever done.
      Written 15 July 2022
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      Lin
      Decatur, GA1 contribution
      Martin gave us an incredible tour. We learned so much about the history and context of the places we visited, and visited places we would never have found on our own. I especially appreciated Martin’s willingness to share his personal experiences in response to my many questions. This tour was a real highlight of our trip.
      Written 16 May 2023
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      Franco G
      Calgary, Canada7 contributions
      May 2023 • Couples
      We had a private Tour of Bratislava with Martin.It was absolutely fabulous!!
      Martin took us on a very informative and passionate tour of the best of the new as well as the historic Bratislava.Martin poke about the history,economics,culture and geography of the country.An excellent representation of his city and country! Thank you,Martin
      Written 18 June 2023
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      acevi2018
      Limont, Belgium17 contributions
      May 2023
      We appreciate the cultur of the slovaquia people. They speak many language. There is many religion together.
      Written 16 May 2023
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      Thank you for your visit!
      Written 17 May 2023
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      Dec 2022 • Family
      We visited Bratislava on a day trip from Vienna. We took both a morning van tour of the city and an afternoon walking tour of the old town. The owner Martin Sloboda was our tour guide, and was exceptional. We had a wonderful time. We would not ordinarily have ventured off the well worn tourist paths to see the newer parts of an historic European city, our rationale being that we live in a modern city and come to Europe to see older sites. Touring with Martin, however, I saw the error in this mindset. He was passionate about giving us the complete story of Bratislava, old and new, and a sense of its culture across the centuries. We moved quickly and covered a lot of ground. We would not have learned even a tenth of what we did had we visited by ourselves with just a tour book. And if one of Martin’s goals was to spread the good word about Slovakia, he succeeded with us. I would love to return to see more of the country.
      Written 16 December 2022
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      cvmehta2016
      Hvolsvollur, Iceland14 contributions
      We had half day in Vienna and wanted to Visit
      Bratislava, contact Martin Sloboda who arrange round trip pick from our hotel in Vienna and arranged 5 hr tour which covered everything Bratislava had to offer
      Our guide was very knowledgeable
      We were returned back in time to join our zYour group for Dinner
      Would highly recommend
      Written 27 November 2022
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