Devin castle spreads on the hill above the crossroad of two important rivers of this region: Danube and Morava, which form a natural Slovak border with Austria and Czech Republic. Nowadays, the castle remains as a museum and the surrounding is shaped with landscape of walls, staircases, open courtyards and gardens.
In 863 AD the history of Christianity started being written right in this place, thanks to two saints - Cyril and Methodius, who arrived here to begin arranging their missionary road.
Due to its strategic location (a point comprising 3 countries) Devín Castle was as well an important point of the Amber route, because many traders and travellers passed by there.
Famous Napoleon was also aware of its great location and he himself ordered destruction of the castle as a part of his military neutralisation.
In 1989 the Iron Curtain separating the Eastern Block from the West has spread right in front of the castle. The surroundings of the castle were filled with watchtowers and barbed wire.
After the Velvet Revolution, the area was demilitarised but you can still find several monuments and remainings here to commemorate those chilling times.
To get there, you need to take a bus at the stop "Most SNP" (under the UFO bridge) number 28 or 29 and get off at the bus stop "Devin" (last stop of bus number 29). This route takes about 20 minutes and you can find ticket fares under Public transport section.
After getting off the bus, you will see the cliff (212 meters high), where Devin castle is situated with its characteristic tiny watchtower, known as the Maiden Tower.
October - April: Tuesdays - Sunday 10:00 - 17:00, last entrance 16:30
May - September: Tuesdays - Friday 10:00 - 18:00, last entrance 17:30; Saturday-Sunday: 10:00 - 19:00, last entrance 18:30
Basic entrance: 3€
Discounted entrance (children, students, seniors): 1,50 €
Family entrance (2 adults+children under 14y): 6 €
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