Top 10 Day Trips From Bratislava, Slovakia - Updated 2021

day trips from bratislava

Bratislava, the capital city of Slovakia, is one of the top tourist spots in Europe. The city, as well as the region around it, is visited by many locals as well as international tourists each year. Be one among the millions of tourists visiting the beauty on the Danube, Bratislava. With its proximity to many European countries and a panoramic view of Hungary and Austria from its castles, the number is increasing every year. You’ll not only enjoy its centuries-old UNESCO World Heritage architecture but also the vibrant nightlife. Bratislava Milan Rastislav Štefánik Airport brings in tourists from around the world to enjoy many dazzling daily tours in and around Europe’s youngest capital. If you’re planning to visit, check out the below list of the top day trips from Bratislava, that you can take.

1. Devin Castle (from USD 118.58)

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Want to see two countries and two rivers by standing on the ruins of a more than 1000-year-old castle, the Devin Castle? Within 10 km (6.2 miles) from the outskirts of Bratislava, it is a three-hour drive to reach Devin Castle. Climb the rocky hill to see the magnificent view of the vineyards, church steeples, and rooftops on one side. The other side is the confluence of the Danube and Morava rivers. If it is a clear sky, you can even see up to Austria and sometimes even Hungary. During peak season, you will also enjoy a leisurely boat ride on the Danube River, which takes you to this historical spot that was demolished by Napoleon. If you have enough time, enjoy the 1000-year-old artifacts in the Architectural Development of Devin Castle, within the ruins.

From Bratislava: Devin Castle 3-Hour Private Guided Tour

Duration: 3 hour

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2. Banska Stiavnica (from USD 164.0)

If you wish to walk through the streets of the 13th-century mining center, among renaissance palaces, churches built in various architectural styles, elegant castles, and squares, Banska Stiavnica is the place for you. Within a two-hour drive of the 137km (85 miles) from Bratislava, you can visit this UNESCO World Heritage site that is hidden in the lush mountain area of Stiavnicke Hills. Many scientists and engineers like to take a walk through its historic streets that will make you also go back to the bronze age, with official records of metallurgical excellence from the 13th century. For lunch, enjoy the lip-smacking Slovak food, with natural ingredients, and Slovak beer.

Private Day Trip to Banska Stiavnica Unesco Site

Duration: 10 hours

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3. Carpathian wine tour (from USD 162.14)

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For those who think that the best of Europe is in its Carpathian landscapes and vineyards, taking the Small Carpathian wine tour is the best choice. Visit the 500-year-old cellar Svaty Jur to taste the splendid Slovak wines. The Little Carpathian Wine Route is one of the six wine route projects in Slovakia, for not only tasting the best wines in the world but also taking in the scenic beauty of Europe at its best, all along approximately 100 km (62 miles). There is also the romantic Red Stone castle, historical city centers of Modra, Pexinok, and the centuries-old copper warehouses turned into cellars.

Bratislava: 6-Hour Carpathian Wine Tour and Tasting

Duration: 6 hour

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4. Bojnice Castle (from USD 154.0)

A day tour would not be sufficient to visit the beautiful Bojnice Castle, located within two hours drive from Bratislava. This 12th-century medieval castle is the most visited in all of Slovakia. Being a favorite filming spot for fantasy and fairy tale movies, enjoying the experience with a glass of distilled plum drink - called Bosacka Silvovica - is a beautiful experience. There is also the oldest Slovakian zoo, picturesque park, cycling paths behind the castle in the hills, a spa, historical fencing, a mirror maze, and the Museum of Prehistory, which tourists can explore.

Bratislava to Bojnice Castle and Cicmany Village Full-Day Tour

Duration: 10 hours

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5. Budapest (from USD 216.0)

Visit Budapest, the most photogenic city in all of Europe, within two hours drive from Bratislava. The dramatic skyline and the architectural wonders of the two cities on either side of the Danube, known as Buda and Pest, give the city a fascinating appeal. You can walk along the oldest iron bridge, Szechenyi Chain Bridge, or cruise on the Danube River, or enjoy the tasty traditional Hungarian cuisines at the many centuries-old restaurants in Budapest.

Private Day Trip from Bratislava to Budapest

Duration: 12 hours

6. Carnuntum Archaeological Park

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Halfway through Bratislava to Vienna is the 50 AD Carnuntum fortress with records stating that Marcus Aurelius used it as his military headquarters. The Carnuntum Archeological Park is 33 km (20 miles) from Bratislava, and 40 km (25 miles) from Vienna, and it is a must-visit place for families. The fascinating Roman Empire tales on the banks of the Danube, with their realistic view, is memorable for anyone. There are many meticulously reconstructed monuments as well as the Carnuntum Museum, with more than 3000 historical artifacts.

7. Vienna (from USD 188.0)

An 80 km (50-mile) ride from Bratislava takes you to the imperial history of Vienna with its musical masterpieces. Being Austria’s capital, and its most populous intellectual city, Vienna, was shaped by greats like Beethoven, Mozart, and Sigmund Freud. Home to Schonbrunn Palace, Hashburgs’ summer residence, and other architectural masterpieces, it is also famous for its cultural events, cozy wine taverns, coffee shops, and many more. Walking through its streets will take you back to the first post-Christian century during which the Romans established their military camp, Vindobona.

Private Day Trip to Vienna from Bratislava

Duration: 10 hours

8. Vlkolinec - UNESCO World Heritage Site (from USD 392.0)

If you want to visit a village with traditional features of a central European village, dating back to the 10th century and with records from the 14th century, head to Vikolinc village. A three-hour drive from Bratislava will take you to this UNESCO World Heritage Site with all its 45 wooden log houses intact, retaining a multitude of archaic building elements. There are many historic buildings to visit, including the Church of Annunciation of Virgin Mary, Bell Tower, a glacial lake, among others.

Bratislava to Vlkolinec and High Tatras Mountains Private Tour

Duration: 12 hours

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9. Prague (from USD 102.0)

One day tour from Bratislava to Prague, a distance of 350 km (217 miles), takes three hours and offers many wonders that will mesmerize anyone. The picturesque towns of Telc or Znojmor, and the Lednice-Vallice UNESCO World Heritage-listed architectural landscapes are sure scenic beauties. Prague is known as “the city of hundred spires” and it is the capital of the Czech Republic, which is bisected by the Vitava river. Enjoy the Gothic churches, baroque buildings, the pedestrian Charles Bridge lined by Catholic saints, and the medieval astronomical clock that gives an animated hourly show.

Bratislava-Prague One-Way Sightseeing Tour Bus

Duration: 10 hours

10. Danube National Park (from USD 83.0)

It takes only 40 minutes from Bratislava to travel the 40 km (25 miles) to reach Danube National Park, offering the best fauna and flora in Europe. Situated between Vienna and Bratislava, it has more than 5000 species, including 700 plants, 100 breeding birds, 30 mammals, 50 fish species, and 13 amphibian species along with insects that live on both land and water. Called the green ribbon or green lung of Europe, its 93 sq. km (36 sq.miles) preserve the last remaining wetland environment in Central Europe.

Canoe descent through the Danube national park

Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

Experience the beauty of Bratislava

The city of Bratislava is well-known for its street food, street artists, and historical center. The hip shopping malls and the vibrant nightlife of the city also entice many travelers. Tourist areas are safe, making it even more popular for international travelers. Visit the city and experience the culture and the lively lifestyle of Slovakia.

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