Bratislava - Bratislava: Stories from Behind the Iron Curtain

Bratislava: Stories from Behind the Iron Curtain

(133 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 an 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 join, but you have the option to leave a tip during the tour.

The majority of your tip goes directly to support the guide's hard work, while the rest helps Heygo continue to build a place that brings the world closer together.


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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

pat m.

22 April 2021

Super !!!

Michaela (Austria) H.

20 April 2021

Love Branos fun, interactive style of guiding! He also included many personal memories into this tour while showing us around Bratislava. Lots of facts and stories about the Communist era and a very well prepared tour!

Heidi G.

20 April 2021

Fantastic! I really recommend Brano's tours, they are so informative nostalgic, interesting, funny and different. Just brilliant, thank you!

Debs (Shropshire UK) M.

10 April 2021

What an interesting tour.... really want to do it again as I had to dip in and out. Highly recommend.

Anthia V.

09 April 2021

Loved the tour and the information, thank you Brano


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