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Post Socialist City Tour

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations

    Bratislava, Bratislava Region, Slovakia

  • Activities

    Car Tour, Sightseeing

  • Price
    €22 EUR per person
  • Duration

    2 hours or 4 hours

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    Available daily upon request

  • Starting Location

    Namestie SNP or your accommodation in Bratislava

  • Price Includes

    Vintage 1970's Škoda car (2-3 participants) or minivan (4-7 participants) transport, guide, authentic biscuit and drink

  • Notes

    Please note that in some cases (winter conditions, car repairs etc.) we can not guarantee the retro car, but go with our funky green 1992 VW Caravelle or other ordinary car.

Highlights

  • The first prefabricated socialist appartment block in Czechoslovakia (1955) as well as the largest socialist housing project in Europe, Petržalka
  • Political objects: Soviet memorial Slavín, diplomatic 1970’s hotel, House of Trade Unions, 1980’s parliament, villas of former communist leaders
  • 1930’s Czechoslovak fortification system, bunkers built against the Hitler’s invasion, former Iron Curtain area, now Schengen border with Austria
  • Communist architecture (socialist realism, functionalism, brutalism), ride under the ufo-like SNP bridge, causing destruction of the Jewish district
  • Abandoned and destroyed industrial objects (textile factory, brewery) as symbols of post-industrial transformations, new capitalist developments

Guide

Trip Info

Funky retro tour in a legendary 70’s Czechoslovak car Škoda or crappy 8-seater van Škoda 1203 through the off-the-beaten-track places of the communist past as well as recent transformations in Bratislava.

Visit a vast concrete housing estate area, the Soviet monument Slavín, abandoned factories, riverside developments, 1930’s bunker line, the former Iron Curtain border zone and loads of communist architecture. Local insight guaranteed!

Tour brings alive the story of Bratislava in the 20th century – political changes, town’s location on the border, contrasts between rich and poor, development of the society, architecture.

Sites covered during the tour may vary a bit, but this is more or less what you will see:
• the first prefabricated socialist appartment block in Czechoslovakia (1955) as well as the largest socialist housing project in Europe, Petržalka
• abandoned and destroyed industrial objects (textile factory, brewery) as symbols of post-industrial transformations, new capitalist developments
• communist architecture (socialist realism, functionalism, brutalism)
• political objects: Soviet memorial Slavín, diplomatic 1970’s hotel, House of Trade Unions, 1980’s parliament, villas of former communist leaders
• ride under the controversial ufo-like SNP bridge, causing destruction of the Jewish district
• 1930’s Czechoslovak fortification system, bunkers built against the potential Hitler’s invasion
• former Iron Curtain area, now Schengen border with Austria

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