Lod operates tours along the Danube, including Bratislava between the city’s five bridges and nearby Devín Castle (the journey takes 1 hour 30 minutes, followed by a two hour castle tour), as well as Vienna (1 hour 45 minutes each way).
Bus tours of the area take in such highlights as Devín Castle and the Carpathian wine region, and more unusually a tour of 'Communist Bratislava'. There are several operators, including Bratislava Sightseeing. Slovakia Green Tours organises ecotourism, birdwatching, spa, medieval architecture and winter sports tours to the High Tatras.
‘Prešporáčik' is a 'mini train' providing city sightseeing tours through the pedestrianised, historic streets of the Old Town. Some tours also include the castle. The service runs daily, usually from 0930 to 1700, according to demand.
Many private travel agencies organise walking tours with English-speaking guides, as well as excursions out of town. Half- and full-day walking tours meet at the Opera House and cover the main sights such as Bratislava Castle, the Town Hall and St Martin's Cathedral. Walking city tours of the Old Town are also available from the Bratislava Tourist Office.
The region around Bratislava has a long history of winemaking, and the Slovak capital makes a good base for exploring the area. The most famous wine tasting venue in the area is the National Wine Salon at Pezinok, with the best vintages from all over Slovakia. Bratislava Sightseeing run full-day tours with pickup from the Opera House or your hotel, including wine tasting and visits to Pezinok and Modra, and the cellars of Červený Kameň (Red Rock Castle).
On the cusp of the Tatras, in the eastern city of Poprad, AquaCity is a leading green health resort that aims to be the first in the world to be 100% energy self sufficient with zero carbon emissions. It boasts 14 swimming pools and 15 saunas as well as a string of health treatments. The most unusual is cryotherapy, where the body is chilled in a -121ºC (250ºF) chamber with a whole range of reputed health benefits. There are also two hotels on site and hiking and skiing in the mountains are easy to access from the resort.
Perched on a crag above the confluence of the River Danube and the River Morava, Devín Castle is one of the most important cultural monuments anywhere in Slovakia. Though some 20km (12 miles) outside Bratislava, it is easily accessible from the city centre by boat or bus, and a visit should really be considered an integral part of any stay in the Slovak capital.
A five hour train journey or a short flight east of Bratislava near the Hungarian border, the city of Košice (European Capital of Culture 2013) is well worth visiting for a couple of days. The city’s lovely pedestrianised main street, Hlavná ulica, has some beautiful architecture, including the outstanding St Elizabeth’s Cathedral (the largest cathedral in Slovakia and one of the easternmost Gothic cathedrals in Europe), and there are some excellent restaurants, cafes and wine bars.
Near the town of Trenčín (120 km north of Bratislava) are the remains of Čachtice Castle, which belonged to ‘Blood' Countess Elisabeth/Alžbeta Bathory, who is reputed to have murdered hundreds of young women in the 17th century.
For further information, visit the Trencin Tourist Office, Sládkovičova Street 1, Trenčín.