Bratislava: Stories from Behind the Iron Curtain

(88 reviews)
City centre, Bratislava, Slovakia
45 mins
Tip-Supported

About the tour

Bratislava is one of the youngest capitals in Europe. It is also one of the cities located at the edge of the former Iron Curtain, which divided Europe during the Cold War. Only an hour drive from Vienna, a different world existed here until 1989. How did Czechoslovakia appear on a map of Europe? Why was it dissolved in the early 1990’s? How was life under the Soviet influence? How was the transition from communism into democracy? Bratislava has changed its identity several times during the turbulent 20th century. Its multicultural character of a town where Slovaks, Germans, Hungarians and Jews lived together was lost. Once a coronation town of Hungarian monarchs, it became a working-class city after WWII. Enjoy the views of the Danube river and the Bratislava city skyline, take a walk throughout the town, discover astonishing contrasts between the 19th century and modernist architecture and dive into the stories of the communist-era "City of Peace".


Meet your local guides

Peter

Peter is a local born in the Slovak capital Bratislava. Together with his brother Braňo, they became popular by guiding in their classic as well as crappy communist-era Škoda cars since 2010. Their company Authentic Slovakia also offers bike tours, wine tours and tailor-made experiences with a focus on individuals and small groups. His parents worked in the tourism industry since early 1980’s during the socialist Czechoslovakia, organizing trips to Eastern Bloc countries in the state-run travel agency Slovakoturist. During the 1990’s, American couples visited their household regularly for a week thanks to his parents’ membership in the Friendship Force association that organized international host stays. Thanks to this background and living abroad, he was encouraged to guide foreign travellers in Slovakia. Peter got a degree in philosophy and he is amazed how Bratislava has been changing after 1989, so the focus of his tours is on real life, local stories and the turbulent 20th century. His tours surprise, amaze and take you also where tourists usually don’t go. He will be happy to show you Bratislava and Slovakia like a local!

Peter has been guiding since May 2010

Brano

Braňo is a local born in the Slovak capital Bratislava. Together with his brother Peter, they became popular by guiding in their classic as well as crappy communist-era Škoda cars since 2010. Their company Authentic Slovakia also offers bike tours, wine tours and tailor-made experiences with a focus on individuals and small groups. His parents worked in the tourism industry since early 1980’s during the socialist Czechoslovakia, organizing trips to Eastern Bloc countries in the state-run travel agency Slovakoturist. During the 1990’s, American couples visited their household regularly for a week thanks to his parents’ membership in the Friendship Force association that organized international host stays. Thanks to this background and living abroad, he was encouraged to guide foreign travellers in Slovakia. Braňo got a degree in geography and he is amazed how Bratislava has been changing after 1989, so the focus of his tours is on real life, local stories and the turbulent 20th century. His tours surprise, amaze and take you also where tourists usually don’t go. He will be happy to show you Bratislava and Slovakia like a local!

Brano has been guiding since Jan 2010


What to expect

Get ready for something special. We're travelling to Bratislava with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you'll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and amazing guide.

The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from Bratislava. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.


Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to book and join, but you have the option to tip the guide during the tour.

Leaving a tip will help support the guides and allow us to offer tours in more places around the world. If you aren't able to leave a tip, then it would be great if you can share the tour with friends and family to spread the word.


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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.


Reviews from travellers

Bernie D.

25 February 2021

I enjoyed this tour it was interesting. Personally I prefer the real scenery rather than so many old photos though they do help to give context.thank you

Kate M.

25 February 2021

Good tour.

Belinda C.

25 February 2021

Peter offered a lot of extra material, which really helped to illustrate his tour. Maybe hold the 'shots' a little longer but he came across really well and packed in a lot of information.

Mary M.

25 February 2021

Peter did a great job for only his second tour. Interesting tour and information well presented. Looking forward to his next tour.

Paul A.

25 February 2021

I enjoyed very much having the opportunity to see something of Bratislava through the eyes of a local. It was interesting that Peter had lived through many of the more recent changes to have taken place in Slovakia, and so was able to tell many of his stories from personal memory. I would have been interested to hear a little more about when Bratislava was the Hungarian capital, but perhaps this could form the basis for a future tour? I hope so, and send my thanks to Peter for his time today, as well as my best wishes for the future.


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