Top Pick: Historical tram ride around the Old Town

The Bratislava Information Service (BIS) in co-operation with the Bratislava Transportation Service invites you to enjoy a one-hour tour of the Bratislava city centre aboard an historical tram with a professional guide to point out and explain the sites.
Every Wednesday, at 16:00, a tram made in 1958 begins its regular loop by the most significant and interesting spots in Bratislava. Tram conductors dressed in old time uniforms greet visitors and lead them down the city streets while discussing the history of the former coronation capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The tour begins at Hurbanovo námestie (where Obchodná street turns into Michalská brána) - get on the tram marked with capital BIS letters standing opposite the Kostol Trinitárov (Saint Trinity Church), settle back comfortably in the old fashioned seat, roll down the window and get your camera ready.


The 1958 tram which takes tourists around the city's historic sites.
photo: Courtesy BIS

The Bratislava Information Service (BIS) in co-operation with the Bratislava Transportation Service invites you to enjoy a one-hour tour of the Bratislava city centre aboard an historical tram with a professional guide to point out and explain the sites.

Every Wednesday, at 16:00, a tram made in 1958 begins its regular loop by the most significant and interesting spots in Bratislava. Tram conductors dressed in old time uniforms greet visitors and lead them down the city streets while discussing the history of the former coronation capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The tour begins at Hurbanovo námestie (where Obchodná street turns into Michalská brána) - get on the tram marked with capital BIS letters standing opposite the Kostol Trinitárov (Saint Trinity Church), settle back comfortably in the old fashioned seat, roll down the window and get your camera ready.

Leaving the baroque church, the tram passes historical buildings as well as the country's biggest shopping mall Tesco. From there, you enter a street lined with pubs, where Jozef the II, Maria Terezia's son, slept before his coronation. Among Bratislava's theatres and hotels, guests learn that the historic Hotel Carlton is the oldest of its kind in Europe.

While listening to the storied legends surrounding the city's fountains and sculptures, the tram winds through the streets and offers a feast for the eyes. The tour then climbs up to the Main Train Station before returning to the Old Town centre: Krížna street, famous for its gallows, followed by Špitálska street and Jesenského street and its wineries. Then it's on to the Danube embankment, where the UFO restaurant on Nový most bridge and the Bratislava castle are viewed, through a long tunnel and back to Hurbanovo námestie.

The tour is enlightening and inexpensive. Riders of the historical tram inevitably leave with a broader knowledge of the Old Town and a deeper appreciation for the city's historical past.

Tickets cost 20 Sk for children and 40 Sk for adults. For further information contact Anetta Janošková at BIS information office, at Klobučnícka 2. Tel: 5443 4059.

Zuzana Habšudová

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Top stories

For a Decent Slovakia gathering: The legacy of November 1989 lives on

The organisers and participants stressed the importance of the 2020 general election.

How the Velvet Revolution happened (timeline)

Day-by-day overview of the fall of totalitarian regime in Czechoslovakia.

December 9, 1989 in Bratislava.  Emigrants like the secretary general of the World Congress of Slovaks, Dušan Tóth, Czech singer Karel Kryl and mime Milan Sládek attended.

Freedom can be lost democratically, from the inside

Has the country survived the abductions of the state, the inoculation of Mečiar, Fico governments and the Kočner underworld without harm to democracy?

1989 taught us that we the people are powerful

But it has taken us a long time to learn this lesson.

A 1989 protest gathering in Bratislava.