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Devin Castle

The Devin Castle
The Devin Castle. Author / source: Vlado Bibel.

Ruins of the ancient Devin Castle over the confluence of the Danube and Morava (March) rivers. Beatiful view of Devinska Brana (Porta Hungarica, Theben Pforte).

The area of castle was used also in Prehistory, later by Celtic tribes and became a part of Limes Romanus. The fortress Dovina, used as a watchtower by the Slavonic count Rastislav, was mentioned in the manuscripts as early as the 9th century AD. After the fall of the Great Moravia of the ancient Slavs, the Devin fortress became an important strategic fortification of the Hungarian Kingdom. As early as in the 13th century, a smaller building with a tower (foundation of a later castle) was situated at the top of rocky hill. Advancing Napoleon troops in 1809 blew up the fortress.

Upper part of Devin Castle was open for public again in May 2017. There are caves inside the rock where is located a new exhibition devoted to medieval history of the castle and to geological history of the castle area.

In middle part of castle ruin are exhibition spaces where was till the end of 2016 located Exhibition Devin in Prehistory.

Exhibition Devin in Prehistory: >>

Since 1965 till now an archaeological research has been carried out in the castle area. The castle ruins have been partially reconstructed under auspices of the Municipal Museum in Bratislava.

Devin - Dubravka hiking route map

How to get there

Municipal busses in Bratislava: Bus No. 29, from the city. See time table.

Opening hours, entrance tickets, Museum of Bratislava City.


For instance from the Dubravka part of the Bratislava to Devin - approximately 2 hours. Look at the map from the Around Bratislava (Knapsacked Travel series guidebook published by the Dajama).

You can walk a little longer and visit the Sandberg area close to the Devinska Nova Ves. Total 4.5 hours. The sand field of Sandberg is known as a paleontological locality. Both hiking routes offer a great view on the confluence of the Danube and the Morava rivers and on the Devin Castle.

Walking route to the Devin Castle from Sandberg (Devinska Nova Ves)
Author / source: Vlado Bibel


Along Danube river - 8 km from the Karlova Ves, or along Morava, from Devinska Nova Ves (4.5 km). There is a special cycling route, which is a part of the informational pathway at the Morava River Floodplain.

The Devin Castle - a view from upper part of the castle
The Devin Castle - a view from upper part of the castle. Author / source: Branislav Bibel.

Motoring tourists

Motoring tourists can find a parking place just below the castle. There are two driving ways to the Devin area - shorter, directly from the Bratislava City, along the Danube River. Another route goes to the Devinska Nova Ves.

The Devin Castle  - a view from canoe on the Danube River
The Devin Castle - a view from canoe on the Danube River. Author / source: Vlado Bibel.

By a boat

During summer season there is a panorama sightseeing cruise from the Bratislava City to the Devin Castle. Tourists can take a return trip or an one-way trip and the ship anchors at Devin, close to the castle.

There was a seasonal river link connecting the Austrian town Hainburg and Devin. (In 2012 the link does not work.)

There is a very popular paddle trip from Austrian town Hainburg to Bratislava. Paddlers observe the Devin Castle from the Danube River.

More information:

Festival Devin 2013 - Photostory

Online Bratislava Guide

Birdwatching Tours - Devinska Kobyla

The village Devinska Nova Ves and Devinska Kobyla Mt.

Rocket Silos at the Devinska Kobyla in Bratislava

Published: 2003-06-06
Updated: 2003-06-06

Categories: Trips, walks - Trips, walks - Bratislava and Surroundings