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Devin Castle Bratislava

Dévény Castle used to guard the western border of the Hungarian Kingdom where the Danube and the Morava Rivers meet on the summit of a 212-meter high cliff. It is located eight kilometers from the city center of Bratislava the capital of Slovakia.

History:

Dévény, a fortified place since the Bronze Age, used to guard the Limes of the Roman Empire as well.

Its Slavic palisade castle was mentioned as „Dowina” in 864 AD. The fort saw the famous Battle of Pozsony in 907 when the Hungarians defeated the huge army of Louis the Child.

The royal stone fortress of Dévény was built between 1242 and 1271 and it was called Dyven in 1288.

The castle was the strategic gateway between Hungary and Austria so it witnessed lots of contests. It was assaulted by the Austrian Frederick of Badenberg in 1234 and by the Bohemian King Ottokar II in 1271. (more in the History section)

What can you see?

As for the size of the castle, even the remains are quite impressive. The fortress used to be encircled by outer walls that reached down to the Danube River but only a few sections can be seen now. Inside, there are the remains of the palace built by Baron Garai along with the 55-meter-deep well. From there, you can see the Castle of Hainburg from the walls on the Austrian side of the Danube River.

Perhaps the most beautiful watchtower is the small Maiden Tower overlooking the confluence of the Danube and the Morava Rivers. Below the castle, there is a Gothic church from the early 1300s as well. During the summer, the tourists can enjoy castle festivals and presentations of re-enactors.

Dévény Castle can be reached by public transportation from Bratislava or by car easily in 15 minutes. The Museum can be visited between 10 A.M. and 5 P.M. except for Monday. Boat trips can also be organized to Hainburg or to Bratislava.