After World War II, Slovaks and Czechs lived together in a new kind of society – communism. They formed Czechoslovakia and the Communist Party took the entire power. The country was on the east side of the so-called ‘Iron Curtain’. In times of a strong Soviet political influence, all attempts of Czechoslovakia to reform the communist system were crushed in the invasion of Warsaw Pact allies in 1968. The communist regime in Czechoslovakia went on until the Velvet Revolution in 1989. In 1993, Czechoslovakia was peacefully split in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
There is something really special about this Communism Tour: we visit places, which are mostly overlooked by tourists and experience the life as it used to be a few decades ago. Travel back in time and experience communist Czechoslovakia. We start by visiting the capital city of Slovakia – Bratislava. The city stretches along both banks of Danube river and offers a unique contrast between medieval and socialist buildings standing side by side. The most iconic places of socialist architecture are undoubtedly the majestic building of Slovak Radio with its shape of an inverted pyramid, the UFO bridge, the Freedom Square or the housing blocks in the residential area Petržalka. Entering the underground bunker on the borders between the East Block and the Western world is simply a breathtaking experience! You will also have a chance to taste some communist drinks and snacks.
We make a stop in the town of Nitra to experience a real retro disco in a funky old-school pub. During this tour, we also explore an abandoned village which was razed down by communists and take a hike to the mountain village destroyed by Nazis during the WWII. Let’s absorb the atmosphere of WWII in the museum of Slovak National Uprising in Banská Bystrica – you have certainly never seen such a majestic building! Wondering how the people used to live in the countryside? You will hear stories about Slovaks and our crazy folk traditions as we make stop in the open-air museum of Slovak village. One of the highlights of this tour is a visit to the abandoned spa resort and a concentration camp in Sered, today’s museum of the Holocaust. All this is yours on this unforgettable journey into the communist era in Czechoslovakia with TIME FOR SLOVAKIA.