Devin Castle is a fantastic day trip when staying in the lovely old town of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. It is just a short journey to get there and the route follows the Danube River to the west on the border of Austria. In addition to the fascinating ruins of Devin Castle there are stunning panoramic views of the Danube river and stunning countryside.
There are several ways to get to Devin Castle from Bratislava. You can travel by car, boat, bus or even walk or hire a bicycle and simply follow the river side path. We decided to take the bus. It was cheap and took about 20 minutes.
To get the bus to Devin Castle from Bratislava old town you need to get under the New Bridge which is named: ‘Most SNP’. It’s known locally for the fact that it looks like a UFO! Here you will find a bus station. Take the number 29 bus. We got off at a stop called Strbska. There are a few stops where you can get off that are within walking distance of the Castle (10/15 minute walk).
At the base of the castle there is a big car park where you will find a couple of restaurants and stalls selling locally made souvenir type stuff. We ate at the restaurant called NajVac Palac before we went in to see the ruins. I had the national dish Bryndzove halusky (similar to gnocchi) made using locally produced sheep cheese. They also had a wide range of pasta and meat dishes. The food was of a reasonable standard and not pricey considering the location.
Once you’ve paid for entry into the castle there is a gradual slope to climb. There are ruins and statues to see on the way up along with spectacular views of the countryside. Once at the top of Devin Castle ruins there are a few rooms inside containing castle artefacts plus display boards (with English included) where you can find out about the history of the castle. The panoramic views of the River Danube are worth the visit alone.
We spent over 2 hours exploring the castle ruins. When we wandered out afterwards we took a walk along the river edge at the base of the castle. This is a public space outside the castle perimeter. My partner and I had a great day out here and followed it with a lovely evening back in Bratislava Old Town which is full of bars which often stock their own home brewed beers.