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City guide by local people

Devin Castle

Devin Castle has been a National cultural monument since 1961. Nowadays the castle serves as a museum. The middle-castle is used as a show-room, while partly adapted caves are a part of the upper-castle.


The middle-castle is used as a show-room for seasonal exhibitions concerning history of the castle which artefacts date back to the acient times and Middle Ages. The caves are used as a show-room for permanent exhibition under the name "Architectural development of Devin Castle". The displayed artefacts date back to 12th - 19th century.

Devin Castle

Opening hours and entry

The castle is open to the public April - November daily except for Mondays (all museums in Bratislava are closed on Mondays) from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Saturdays to Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (in April, October and November from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)

How to get there

The castle is accessible by car (direction Karlova Ves and Devin), public transport (bus No. 29 from bus stop under the New Bridge - Novy most ), boat, bicycle or walking.

The boat leaves twice a day from a special port near the city centre (Fajnorovo nabrezie 2 - Fajnorovo Embankment). From April 25 to May 21 and from August 29 to Septembre 17 the boat leaves the port in Bratislava at 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.. From May 23 to August 27 the boat leaves the port at 10:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m..

For hikers the castle is accessible with a two hours walking tour in beautiful country side from Devin through the natural reserve Devinska Kobyla. The three and a half kilometres long educational path starts in Devin, ends at Sandberg (relics of cainozoic sea) in Bratislava-Dubravka and offers a beautiful view of Bratislava, Devin, the Danube river and Austria.

For detailed information visit our guide.

Short history

Devin Castle above the confluence of the rivers Danube and Morava is one of the three oldest historically acknowledged castles in Slovakia. The village of Devin is now a part of Bratislava. Oldest traces of settlement there date back to the 5th century B.C. Due to its advantageous geographical position, it was able to control the most important trade routes along the Danube as well as one part of the Amber Road. In the 1st century B.C, the territory was populated by Celts. The castle played an important role as a boundary fortress as a part of the Limes Romanus fortifications against enemies at the times of the Roman Empire and as a military station and trade centre at the times of the Great Moravian Empire the first Slavic state. The first written reference to the castle and its ancient name – Dowina comes from 864. After the fall of the Great Moravian Empire, the castle served again as a boundary fortress under the reign of the Hungarians. The castle was altered in 13th and 16th century and destroyed by Napoleon's troops in 1809. Archeological research began in the 30s of the 20th century.