The castle of Devín is very close to the old town of Bratislava. This is one of the most important sights of the area and should not be missed during a visit to the Slovakian capital.
Bus 28 (departure SNP-bridge) gets you to Devín. It runs about every 30 minutes. You cannot buy tickets on the buses. We knew that in advance, but where, if not on the bus, were we supposed to buy the ticket instead? We were kindly helped to the small orange ticket machines under the bridge by a very nice local. Now the only question remaining was what ticket to get for a trip to Devín Castle. We chose a day card. So we were on the safe side and they were not much more expensive than 2 individual cars.
The bus takes about 20 minutes to get to Devín Castle. We were not exactly sure where to get off, so we winged it and got off at a stop called “Devín” (turned out that one stop earlier would have worked as well). From there, a 10 minute walk along a cycle path took us to the castle.
Admission to the castle was very cheap. We only paid 1.50 € per person. We had no idea why, regular admission fee per adult is usually 4, – €. So thanks to the nice vendor at the entrance, we were able to give our travel funds a little break.
The old fortress was built on a rocky hill at the confluence of the March and the Danube where the remains of the castle can still be seen today. As early as the first century AD, Roman soldiers built a border station here. The first ever mentions of the castle of Devín as the ruler’s residence with a church and a small cemetery appeared in 864. When Bratislava was part of Hungary in the 15th century, several different Hungarian aristocrats resided in the castle. In 1809, Napoleon’s troops blew it up. In 1961, the castle ruins were declared a National Monument and are now open to the general public.
The grounds of Devín Castle are well developed for visitors. A few old excavations can be visited below the castle. Well maintained paths lead down there and also uphill to the actual castle ruins. Unfortunately, the tour of the main ruin is no longer possible. The external influences have damaged the building so severely over the years that it is considered to be too dangerous. Nevertheless, there is still enough to see to be astonished. Well-preserved areas of the castle, small towers and a crazy good view of the Danube make the visit an experience. I have definitely felt like I had been put back to the times of knights and castles. I experienced a wonderful morning in the past.
Castle Devín Muránska ul.
841 10 Bratislava
Adults: 4 €
Reduced (children, students, retirees): 2 €
Family ticket: € 8
Opening hours Burg Devín:
November to March
Monday – Sunday: 10 am to 4 pm (last admission at 3:30 pm)
April and October
Tuesday – Sunday: 10:00 – 17:00 (last admission 4:30 pm)
Tuesday – Friday: 10 am to 6 pm (last admission at 5:30 pm)
Saturday – Sunday: 10am to 7pm (last admission 6:30 pm