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  • SiberianEmo
    Omsk, Russia525 contributions
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    Devic Castle can be reached via Bus 29 from Bratislava. Many directions will suggest you catch the 29 from under the bridge stop; however, you can do it from any bus stop along the Vajanskejo Nabrezhie. Bus ticket could be purchased at the yellow machine. If you dont have a 24 hour pass, I suggest buying two single tickets since I do not recall seeing a yellow ticket machine in Devin. (Remember to validate the ticket on the bus).
    Also, you should get off at Strbska stop, since it is a closer walk then from the Hrad Devin stop.
    The castle overlooks the confluence of Danube and Morava Rivers. Remeber to bring the cameras as the view from the top is magnificent.
    Castle itself is well maintained, but also fairly small, so I dont see how someone will spend more than 2 hours there. Entrance is 8 Euros...which is on the steeper side. (Again, history and views are amazing, but 8 Euros???). Coupled with the fact that it takes roughly 20-25 minutes to reach by bus, you might not want to go there if you are on the short visit to Pressburg.
    Other negative is this stupid pro-Capitalist propaganda you see around the area of the castle: some museum and monuments to Iron Curtain, which ruin the vibe. Sure, 1st Cold War was not a nice time, but also read some books about why it started from non-fascist (I mean non-capitalist) historians. For a balanced view if you get the drift. One "monument" was even unveiled by HER MAAAA-JESTY Elizabeth II and contained the quote by such lumineer of humanism as Winston (insert his famous quote about Bengal Famine) Churchill.
    But in short, still a solid trip. If you like castles, this one is for you.
    Written 7 June 2024
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  • David H
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    A visit to Brataslava , the easy going historic capital city of Slovakia would not be complete without a journey up to the gleaming white Hrad Castle majestically crowning the low hill overlooking the old town below...The walk up the hill is not steep or arduous with a choice of quaint cafes for a rest stop....I arrived fresh and eager at the imposing castle bastions... I sauntered around the manicured gardens and took in the broad panoramic views before immersing myself in what the castle had to offer...The initial history of the settlement of the hill and rudimentary construction of a timber fortress to the modern day palace was fascinating as was the display of the rare locally made porcelain and silverware... Archeological finds to mediaeval Christian iconography and the broad history of Slovakia were covered in full....It was really a great day out at the iconic Hrad Castle , Brataslava , Slovakia.
    Written 26 May 2024
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  • Quest21326821634
    1 contribution
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    Thoroughly enjoyed visiting this castle! It is a lot of stairs and walking but many, many rooms of displays and information and a good self guide you download on your own device. I go to many castles every year and this one is terrific value and a must see
    Written 28 May 2024
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  • KemikOjstra
    Maribor, Slovenia1,716 contributions
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    This castle is surely one of the Slovakian highlights. Both exterior and interior are amazing. There are guided Palffy tour (also with visiting an underground cave on the end of the tour, also with English guidance) and unguided Hunyadi tour - doing both is 16 €, doing only Hunyadi tour is 12 €. Be sure to have time if you want to visit the interior of the castle as queues to the ticket office can be long on weekend days and it is good to have at least 2 hour time to visit both tours.
    Written 14 August 2023
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  • Mariia H
    Kosice, Slovakia1 contribution
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    The views were beautiful. Unfortunatelly, higher part of castle was under constrution, so we didn’t have a chance to expirience it. Also, it is kind of hard to get there without a car. Be ready to take a taxi from a nearby town. But, the castle by itself was magical
    Written 8 May 2024
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  • Penzion U Palečků
    Zajeci, Czech Republic7 contributions
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    My wife and I don't go to castles very often, but I was in Trenčín Teplice and we decided to visit the monumental Trenčín Castle a few kilometers away.

    This castle "looks" at you from afar with its dominant feature. One of us is after a knee operation and the steep climb was not quite ideal, but after overcoming the initial hill, a great show awaited us with a wonderful view not only of Trenčín, but also of the distant surroundings.

    There is a cafe in the castle with nice older ladies, although the food is good, but we didn't mind.

    We paid for the one-hour longer tour with a guide. Our guide, Renáta, with heavily rusty hair, took care of us. She was really nice, helpful and above all an expert in her profession. Since we were four visitors, we learned a lot of remarkable information.
    Written 21 May 2024
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  • Rodi L
    Zukowo, Poland1,258 contributions
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    A very interesting castle. A lot of Polish accents. The entrance is quite steep. Very nice shows with birds of prey. Nice atmosphere. Affordable tickets.
    Written 16 May 2023
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  • Klaudyna K
    Kety, Poland111 contributions
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    - The castle is on the hill about 30 min of light hike
    - The views are amazing
    - Not too crowded
    - Free of charge
    - Can take your dog
    Written 3 May 2023
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  • MDOGP
    Dallas, TX1,221 contributions
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    This is a castle up in a hill. The most important thing is the cathedral and the diocesan museum. The church is amazing, with stunning frescoes and many relics from different saints. Everything is well kept.
    Written 10 August 2022
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  • Jackie
    United Kingdom102 contributions
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    I absolutely loved our visit to this castle. It seems to have been sympathetically restored, and the information was provided in English. The exhibitions were very interesting, and there were so many nooks and crannies to explore.
    One unexpected highlight was the peregrine falcons nesting in the towers of the basilica.
    Although dogs are not allowed in the castle per se, the ladies on the entrance let us bring our four pups into the courtyard and even brought water for them. My hubs and I then visited the castle one at a time. To view most of the castle, you have to climb steep stairs, which would not be suitable for dogs in any case.
    Written 30 July 2023
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  • CarolDM1900
    Montpelier, VT3,358 contributions
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    Talk about old -- the original Gothic castle was built here in 1230 -- this enormous castle has "seen" so much and undergone so many changes in its nearly thousand-year history that you just have to see it "up close and personal" to believe it. And I don't mean only from the outside. Buy a ticket for the guided tour of your choice AND be sure also to buy one that will allow you to take photographs. We didn't know about the latter requirement and were already starting the tour, so we never got pictures of the interior of this extraordinary place. On the other hand, it is something we will not soon forget.

    There are short tours and longer ones, in Slovak and sometimes in foreign languages (which cost more), and occasionally some specialzed tours, such as one for kids to show what life was like for the castle's children. The fees are not too bad, maybe 6 to 8 Euros for adults but these include various discounts such as those for seniors or certain card-holders, and children pay far less, just a couple of Euros; age 6 and under are admitted free. The photo tickets are also inexpensive, I think 2 Euros but don't quote me, as I never actually bought one.

    A general tour here has something for everyone. Overall, it is arranged like a walk-through showing fashionable styles, trends and ways of life from the late 1600s to the first part of the 20th century. Each room, interesting or beautiful in its own way, offers a new "take" on castle life as it evolved through centuries, under different owners until the noble Hungarian family Palffy (who also have properties in Austria) took it over, massively rebuilding and refurbishing it in the 17th century and likely continuing to improve and update it periodically afterwards. The Palffy family lived here continuously until 1945.

    For me, apart from the glorious fashions, fixtures and furniture in each period room, the best part was the tour of the massive cellars and support structures below the ground. Here the castle gave the appearance of being greatly overbuilt in its footings so that it would endure no matter what. I thought at the time that the below ground structure may actually be larger than the above-ground one. It had a prison, many wine cellars, kitchens and large areas for storage of necessities for daily use and to withstand sieges, an assortment of living quarters, and some very deep, dark places whose purpose I can't even imagine.

    Most fascinating of all, to me, was how precisely and securely the castle was built from the bottom up, with such remarkable engineering skills, to last...almost forever, it would seem.

    If you are here exploring for a while, food and drink are available, and there are souvenirs/gifts you can buy at the castle or from the vendors standing just outside the entrance with their wares. Prices asked tend to be high, though, so be prepared to bargain.

    Highly recommended.
    Written 2 October 2022
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  • lonewolf44
    Kingston upon Thames, UK1,297 contributions
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    There's a brilliant typically hammy Hammer horror film 'Countess Dracula' based on stories about the infamous Countess Elizabeth Bathory who was one of the occupants of this ruined castle, perched high on a hill outside the village of Cachtice. Whether she really did bathe in the blood of captured young virgins in an attempt to rejuvenate herself is like most historical legends open to question, but we had to visit. In common with many Slovakian tourist sites the expected infrastructure is lacking and you'll need to yomp 2-3km up from the nearest carpark. Make sure you give yourself time as the ruin has defined opening hours. It is quite atmospheric and affords mahnificent views over the surrounding countryside but don't expect much help in English as there is an only partially informative sheet and one information panel once inside. An enterprising local couple have set up a little refreshment stall near the castle gate - good on them as you'll need a cold drink after the long yomp up!
    Written 6 August 2018
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  • Poklada
    Houston10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I visit Slovakia every year and visited this castle as part of my castle exploration one trip. It is lovely with spectacular views.
    Written 11 February 2020
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  • Charles & Anna M
    Pittsburgh, PA549 contributions
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    We weren’t here today. It was €8 per ticket which wasn’t bad. This castle is a ruin but there’s still plenty to see and the views are spectacular.
    Written 11 June 2023
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  • aaron_toma
    Kazincbarcika, Hungary23 contributions
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    (+) This castle is exceptionally beautiful with its magical English landscape park, paintings, trophies and interior design. The guests can gain insight into the region's and the Andrássy family's rich history. I think that the whole experience evokes the atmosphere of Sándor Márai's novel, The Candles Burn Till the End.

    (-) However, I couldn't pay by card at the shop, there was no time to really enjoy the exhibition since we had to rush with a group, and almost none of the exhibited pieces have Hungarian (altough the castle is a Hungarian heritage) or even English description.

    After all, it was absolutely worth a visit and take a look, but the maintainer could make progress through some changes.
    Written 4 January 2024
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