Devín Castle Tour
Visit the legendary Devín Castle ruin near Bratislava. Explore the former Iron Curtain border zone with Austria with remnants of the barbed wire and a WWII bunker. Extend the tour by the hike to the sand rock (View Hike, +2 hours), abandoned Cold War military base (Army Base Hike, +4 hours), or local Wine Tasting (+2 hours).
Why to visit Devín castle and its surroundings
Devín is a picturesque place located 10 kilometers west of Bratislava city centre. Devín castle ruin proudly standing above two rivers is the site being a witness of history since thousands years ago. Devín has a tradition of making (not only currant) wine, steppe-like ecosystems with natural sand rocks, abandoned military base hidden in the Carpathian forests – all this creates a must-do destination during your stay in Bratislava.
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.
Duration: 2,5 hours
Availability: all year round Tu-Su, not on Mondays (Devín Castle closed)
Transportation by car, English-speaking guide, entrance fee to the Devín Castle, soft drink
Meeting point and time: according to agreement
Price per person
(by 1 guest)
(by 2 guests)
(by 3-4 guests)
(by 5+ guests)
| Our English-speaking guide picks you up by car at your accommodation or in the city centre and drives along the Danube river to Devín (ca 20 minutes)
| Visit of the iconic Devín castle upon the rock above the rivers
| Drive along the foothills of Carpathian hills with sand rock
| Walk across the “Chuck Norris” bridge across the Morava river to Austria
| Explore the open-air Iron Curtain museum with barbed wire fence and WWII bunker
| Drive back to Bratislava city centre
Note: In case of really bad weather (ice, snow, heavy rain etc.), the Devín Castle is closed. 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.
Need more? Prolong the 2-hour Devín Castle Tour according to your preferences by one or more of the extensions. Enjoy hike with splendid views to the sand rock or even to the abandoned Cold War military base. Taste Slovak wines in an authentic wine cellar with a local producer.
+2 hours, 15€ per person
Army Base Hike
+4 hours, 30€ per person
+2 hours, 25€ per person
Taste Slovak wines in an authentic wine cellar made by two generations of local producers. Mr. Vlček makes traditional black and red currant wine, typical for Devín. His grandson Juro Cenký offers you his delicious white grape wines, typical for Little Carpathians.
+2 hours, 25€ per person
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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
Bratislava Identity Bike Tour: cycling tour from Bratislava Old Town to Petržalka socialist district and new developments
Carpathian Wine Tour: wine tasting tour to Svätý Jur, picturesque town in Little Carpathian wine region
Carpathian Castle Ruins Tour: visit medieval castle ruins settled above the Carpathian forests
Village Pub Crawl: alternative tour to explore authentic local pubs in Záhorie region
Working Class Food Tour: walking tour beyond the Bratislava Old Town with tasting workers' cuisine in retro spots