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Devin Castle, Bratislava

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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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  • We travelled here by local bus. I personally didn't think it was worthwhile. The castle is a ruin, there are nice views, nothing spectacular and the historical information was scanty. Some... 
    We travelled here by local bus. I personally didn't think it was worthwhile. The castle is a ruin, there are nice views, nothing spectacular and the historical information was scanty. Some...  more »
  • Nice activity to visit when staying in Bratislava - just a 20 minute bus ride away from Most SNP bus stop (stop g from memory, under the bridge). We spent a good few hours there wandering around the.....  more
    Nice activity to visit when staying in Bratislava - just a 20 minute bus ride away from Most SNP bus stop (stop g from memory, under the bridge). We spent a good few hours there wandering around the.....  more »
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  • Fantastic but relatively hidden gem just 20 min away from Bratislava. It has amazing views of 2 rivers merging on one side and beautiful hills on the other side. One can totally imagine the strategic location and importance of such a castle. There’s plenty of free parking. You will have to take a short 10-15 min hike to the top for the best views. The tickets are reasonable - 6 euros for adults, 3 euros for kids and seniors. There’s also a family ticket for 12 euros that includes 2 adults and all kids under 14 years. Just about half way to the top, there are some nice interactive demonstrations led by castle staff. There’s small permanent exhibition in the castle. But the view from top is definitely the best highlight. There are a couple of restaurants right in the parking lot that also serve ice cream.
  • Amazing castle, with great views. Toilets are available to use inside. The entrance to the castle is a short walk up hill, there are benches along the route should you need them. We sat on one to have our picnic. The carpark is below the castle and there are restaurants there, ice-cream huts and a small souvenir shop. The entrance fee is not too expensive but not the cheapest castle fee we have paid. You can walk around the castle freely but there is also a guided tour. There are also interesting expositions as you walk around. All in all a good day out!

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