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Devin Castle, Bratislava

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Must see · History Museum · Historic Site
Strategically situated on a cliff above the confluence of two important rivers, Devin Castle bears evidence of prehistoric settlements as well as Roman and medieval ruins. The fortification walls encircle a landscape of open courtyards, staircases, and towers in uneven states of repair. Look for the small watchtower called the Maiden Tower balancing on a sole rock. Legend has it that many imprisoned lovesick daughters plunged to their deaths from this tower. See the foundations and the tiny model of the first Christian church north of the Danube. The castle houses a museum exhibiting archaeological objects and offers a range of outdoor activities, such as boat rides, hiking trails, and horseback riding. The upper castle has been closed to the public since 2008, due to reconstruction. Plan to visit Devin Castle and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Bratislava attractions using our Bratislava day trip planning site.
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  • I didn’t enjoy this visit as much as I thought I would. We visited on a Sunday afternoon, after getting a bus for about 20 minutes from the city we walked to the ticket booth and were shouted at by.....  more »
  • Devin Castle is located in the whimsical little village of Devinska about 18km from Bratislava. I took an uber there from Centrum for 8€ directly to the castle entrance. The fee is a negligible 3...  more »
  • Although the castle was mostly ruins it was one of the better preserved I’ve been to. It looked cool just like a castle from a fantasy book/game/movie. The view from it is great - you can see Danube and the region airing m around the castle. Don’t forget to get to the top and use the binoculars there to take a look at Vienna as well. I also really liked the post-communist exhibition about the Iron Curtain.
  • Great place with very interesting history. We’ve been to Devín Castle in November and we can recommend it to everyone. Just make sure to take warm clothes since it can be very windy on top the ruins. You have a great view over all the surrounding area. Entry price is okay for students.

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