Devín Castle, standing on a massive rocky hill above the confluence of the Danube and Morava, is an extremely impressive landmark. It is part of the oldest history of Slovakia.
Its ground plan is very irregular. 55 meters deep castle well is located in the courtyard of the middle castle. Nearby is also a terrace overlooking the abandoned amphitheater, Danube and Braunsberg mountain in Austria. In the beautiful surroundings above the two-color confluence of the Danube and Moravia, the elegant tower stands out. The bridge runs through a moat and stairs, the remnants of a 13th-century watchtower that was rebuilt in the 15th-century and offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.
Historical fencing shows are organized during the tourist season. Devin Castle visitors can also try a javelin throw or an ax or bow shooting.
It is also possible to take a boat from Bratislava or Hainburg in Austria to Devín Castle. A short boat trip on the Morava River is an equally interesting experience.
The upper castle has been closed to the public since 2008, but the remaining areas of the chateau are open to the public.
History of Devín Castle
The first written reports about Devin Castle are from 864, where it is mentioned as a fortified camp of Prince Rastislav, who faced the attacks of King Ludwig Nemec.
There are several legends associated with Devín Castle, one of them being the legend of love. According to her, Rastislav had a beautiful daughter Miloslav. Slavoboj, the son of the castle lord of Šintava, who wanted to add Devina and invaluable contribution – the well of the castle, was also looked upon. He had succeeded in defeating a dangerous kite blocking the spring underground, and as he triumphed against the ground, water spurted out of the pit. Slavoboj also captured the miraculous sword. After his hero’s death, he apparently returned to the underground and emerges when the Slovaks are the worst.