Devín Hike and Drink Tour
Hiking tour in Bratislava to sand rock and Carpathian forests, legendary Devín castle and currant wine tasting. Tour combining hiking, medieval as well as recent history and authentic gastronomy. Explorer tour takes you also to an abandoned Cold War military base and involves 2-3 hours walk more.
Why to visit Devín castle and its surroundings
Devín is a picturesque place located 10 kilometres west of Bratislava city centre. Castle ruin proudly standing above two rivers, tradition of making blackcurrant wine, steppe-like ecosystems with natural sand rocks, abandoned military base hidden in the Carpathian forests – all this forms a must-do destination during your stay in Bratislava.
Difficulty: Classic tour: easy, ca 1 hour walk on unpaved path. Explorer tour: moderate, 3-4 hours walk on unpaved path with a few steeper parts. Elevation gain is ca 350 metres (Devín: 160m above sea level, Devínska Kobyla Mt. 514m above sea level). Sneakers or hiking shoes are recommended.
Easily the most unique tour I have been on ever. You can only see so many churches, castles and palaces. Seeing the recent socialism past was a very different and eye-opening trip through Bratislava. This is what Bratislava is all about. Truly enjoyable and overwhelming.
This was without doubt the best guided experience I have had to date. Juro did an fantastic job – both knowledgeable, enthusiastic and able tailor the experience to us. I give my highest recommendations to Authentic Slovakia.
It was a fascinating trip through this dystopian architects’ playground, and a really interesting look at how a small city like Bratislava has coped with the onslaught of communism and the effects of sudden urbanisation and centralized planning.
Tour highlights (sites can vary a bit depending on actual conditions)
| hike from Devín to Sandberg, unique sand rock and former sea cliff above Morava river with splendid views to Austrian Marchfeld, Schlosshof chateau and Volkswagen factory
| walk through preserved Carpathian beech forest
| exploring abandoned 1980’s Cold War Czechoslovak military base on the top of Devínska Kobyla Mt. (541 metres above sea level), the highest point of Bratislava (only the Explorer tour)
| guided tour on legendary Devín castle upon the rock above the confluence of Danube and Morava rivers
| Memorial of Iron Curtain victims: stories of the geopolitical isolation and escapes
| Blackcurrant and redcurrant wine tasting in authentic local wine cellar – well-earned traditional reward after the hiking adventure
Note: In case of really bad weather (rain, snow, etc.) the tour can be cancelled, or we would suggest our Post-Communist Bratislava Tour instead. From Bratislava to Devín, we take you by a regular modern car. On demand and upon availability, we can take a retro Škoda car instead.
Duration: 4 hours (Classic)
6-7 hours (Explorer)
Availability: all year round
Transport, guide, authentic snack and drink, currant wine tasting, entrance fee to Devin castle
Your accommodation in Bratislava at 9:00am (or according to agreement)
Price per person
What is more in the Explorer tour?
Explorer tour takes you also to an abandoned Cold War military base and involves 2-3 hours walk more.
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Not decided yet? Take a look also on our other tours in Bratislava
Post-Communist Bratislava Tour: tour in a classic Škoda car around communist-era highlights of Bratislava
Iron Curtain Bike Tour: cycling tour from Bratislava Old Town to WWII bunker and border zone with Austria
Authentic Wine Tour: wine tasting tour to Svätý Jur, picturesque town in Little Carpathian wine region
Village Pub Crawl: alternative tour to explore authentic local pubs in Záhorie region
Carpathian Castle Ruins Tour: visit medieval castle ruins settled above the Carpathian forests