Devin Castle

Devin Castle, Bratislava: Hours, Address, Devin Castle Reviews: 4.5/5

Devin Castle
4.5
Historic Sites • Castles • History Museums
10:00 - 18:30
Monday
10:00 - 18:30
Tuesday
10:00 - 18:30
Wednesday
10:00 - 18:30
Thursday
10:00 - 18:30
Friday
10:00 - 18:30
Saturday
10:00 - 18:30
Sunday
10:00 - 18:30
About
Located a few miles west of Bratislava. Devín Castle ranks among the most important archeological sites in Central Europe. Located at the banks of the Danube, where once the Danube and Amber Roads intersected, it watches over the confluence of the Danube and Morava rivers. Archeological research proves the area was settled about 7000 years ago and has since then been populated by one group or another, almost without interruption until today. Already during prehistory, it was a fortified center of power. During the Roman period the first several brick buildings were erected here. The first written source on Devín dates back to 864 and mentions a “Dowina Castle”. The Great Moravian period saw the erection of a church with colorful interior wall painting on castle grounds. Throughout the Middle Ages the Castle was an important border fortress, often passing from one noble family to another. In 1809 the Castle was intentionally demolished using explosives. In 1961 Devín Castle was declare
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Meschief
Paris, France25 contributions
Very unique
Oct 2021
Did not plan the visit but the weather was so beautiful that we have decided to do a bus trip to Devin. So worth to visit. Easy walk from public transport bus stop. Devin itself is very impressive. Huge rock with castle leftovers around. We did not have too much time so went only for a short around the Danube river below the castle but the whole place definitely made big impression on us.
Written 17 October 2021
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mercboy482
Northwich, UK106 contributions
sad
Oct 2019
Sad to say this place was fenced off and could not be visited. the setting was lovely great shame the place could not be visited
Written 23 September 2020
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nixdiner
Iznajar, Spain157 contributions
Brilliant visit on a sunny day.
Sep 2020
We did the river cruise and visit, which was simplicity. The castle itself is spread out a bit, and a degree of steps are involved. Terrific views.
Written 7 September 2020
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Yvonne M
91 contributions
Perfect side trip from Bratislava
Oct 2019
First, I don't know how Tripadviser came up with the address stated, Muranska 10, Bratislava. That appears to be family home. However, Devin Castle should not be difficult to find - we had no difficulty driving from Bratislava, using our GPS. Is only 8 miles and an easy trip. The Devin castle is ruins, but it has been beautifully developed into a major tourist attraction and is definitely worth visiting. Its location is at the confluence of the Danube and the Morava rivers, which has historically been a strategic location. The castle was intentionally destroyed by Napoleon in 1809 to remove it as a possible stronghold that could be used against him. You will most likely arrive by car. There is a large parking lot. We arrived on a July Sunday and had no problems parking. Then you take a foot path to the top where you can see the ruins of the castle and beautiful views of the confluence and vicity. There is a small museum as well. The whole area has been made very visitor friendly. There are stairs, bridges, everything the visitor needs to safely negotiate and enjoy the area. There are even restrooms on top. We missed the memorial to victims of communism at the bottom, to the 400 people (or so) that lost their lives here trying to make it across the Morava into Austria. Under communism, the area was full of barbed wire and guards and those trying to make their way to freedom would be shot. Now it's called The Gate of Freedom Memorial. I visited it virtually after we returned home. We arrived late at the castle and our visit was around 1-1/2 hours. It was enough and we made it a relatively short visit because it looked like it might start raining. But on a beautiful day you may wish to linger longer, so I indicated 2-3 hours to be a desirable length of visit. But if you are short on time, 1-2 hours is doable. Everything was do-it-yourself, you hike, you explore, all on your own.
Written 3 September 2020
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Peter M
Vysoka pri Morave29 contributions
Fascinating to see such a stronghold that has been in use for thousands of years.
Oct 2019
A long, steep climb up but well worth the energy expended. Wonderful views of the Danube River and the Morava River. The historic significance of this site is very special to Slovaks. They were unable to visit during communist times as the risk of escape to the west from the height was obvious. A number did escape using hang gliders! Much of the destruction was done by Napoleon's troops as they rampaged across Europe.
Written 3 September 2020
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Adventurecurls
Rietberg, Germany242 contributions
Great Castle
Aug 2020
A friend showed us this great place, which is overlooking the Danube river. Just splendid.

There is a small museum up the castle stairs showing some items which were found around the castle from different times of history.

If you want to become a hobby knight, check out your skills. The guys are lovely and it’s fun.
Written 22 August 2020
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Helene H
Herning, Denmark20 contributions
Cool place
Aug 2020
It’s worth taking the bus or your car to see the castle Ruin. I think it’s a cool place and it’s cheap to visit
Written 19 August 2020
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Holiday Planner 1311
Cork, Ireland6 contributions
Not to be missed
Jul 2020
A visit to Devin Castle is a must if you are visiting Bratislava. Located along the Danube. Take the ferry and enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way. Arriving at the dock the castle is a 20 minute walk and it is beautifully preserved and the 360 degree views are magnificent. Not to be missed
Written 15 August 2020
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3ofustravelling
Warsaw, Poland114 contributions
Worth a visit
Jul 2020 • Family
We drove here from Bratislava. Lovely spot to explore for a couple hours. Don’t miss out on going on the walking path below the castle. Neat to see a tiny bit of the iron curtain. Access the path near the ice cream shop.
Written 2 August 2020
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LivijaK
Vilnius, Lithuania19 contributions
It is a must if you are in Bratislava. Stunning views!
Jul 2020
Only 30 min away from the centre by bus. Gorgeous views. This is the place where the river Morava flows into the river Danube. It is also place where Slovaks commemorate those who attempted to flee Czechoslovakia and live in a free Europe - over 400 people were shot dead when trying to escape to Austria during communism.
Written 25 July 2020
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