Devín Castle

Castle in Western Slovakia

Perched on the border between Slovakia and Austria, the rugged ramparts of Devín Castle make a popular day trip from Bratislava. It features a well-tended archaeological exhibition, which shines a light on neolithic graves, bronze-age sculptures and other finds. But the real reason to visit is to admire views of goat-speckled hills from the crumbling medieval walls, pose by a 15th-century well, and linger for kid-friendly medieval games (summer only) and souvenir stalls. Buses 28 and 29 link Devin with Bratislava's Nový Most bus stop.

The castle complex stands 9km northwest of Bratislava, at the confluence of the Danube and Morava rivers. Settlements date back to the 5th century BC, and fortifications have stood here since the 9th century. The castle's name originates from the Slavic deva (girl), and its Maiden Watchtower has acquired various legends of tragic young ladies across its long history.