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Devin village.JPG
Coat of arms of Devín
Area of Devín in Bratislava
Area of Devín in Bratislava
Devín is located in Slovakia
Location of Devín in Slovakia
Coordinates: 48°08′00″N 17°07′00″E / 48.13333°N 17.11667°E / 48.13333; 17.11667
Country Slovakia
Region Bratislava Region
DistrictBratislava IV
First mentioned864 (Julian)
 • MayorĽubica Kolková
 • Total13.98 km2 (5.40 sq mi)
158 m (518 ft)
 (1 January 2018)
 • Total1,538
 • Density110/km2 (280/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
841 10
Area code(s)+421-2
Car plateBL, BA, BT

Devín (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈdʑeʋiːn], Hungarian: Dévény, German: Theben) is a borough of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, located in the Bratislava IV district. Originally a separate village at the confluence of the Danube and Morava rivers, Devín maintained its rural character and today, it is one of the smallest boroughs of Bratislava by population. It is an important archaeological site, featuring the ruins of Devín Castle.

Geographically, Devín lies on the foothills of Devínska Kobyla next to the Devín Gate, a narrow stretch on the river Danube, which was viewed as the western gateway to the Kingdom of Hungary. It lies near the border between Slovakia and Austria which runs down the middle of the Morava and Danube rivers, and which previously formed part of the Iron Curtain between the Eastern and the Western Bloc.

The word Devín stems from the Slovak word deva, which signifies "a lass".


Devín is bordered by Austria from the south and from the west, the borough of Devínska Nová Ves from the north, the borough of Dúbravka from the east and the borough of Karlova Ves from the south-east.


  • Buses
    • Line <span style="color:#FFFFFF;font-weight:bold;font-size:inherit;white-space:nowrap">29</span>
  • Night buses
    • Line <span style="color:#FFFFFF;font-weight:bold;font-size:inherit;white-space:nowrap">N29</span>


Thanks to its strategic location at the confluence of the rivers Danube and Morava, the nearby cliff was an ideal place for a fort. The site has been settled since the Neolithic and both the Celts and Romans built forts here.[1]

Iron Curtain memorial at Devin.
Iron Curtain memorial at Devin.

Devín was first mentioned in a document from 1237 under the name Villa Thebyn. Originally, it was a small village, belonging to the Devín Castle, but quickly attained the status of a small town in the 15th century. In 1568, Devín became separated from its former owner. Croats fleeing from the approaching Ottomans in the south settled here in the 16th century. The castle above the village was burned down by Napoleon's troops in 1809. Due to its mainly German population the village was ceded to Germany as part of the Munich agreement in 1938. From October 1938 to April 1945, Devín was part of the German Third Reich, being part of Lower Austria. In 1946, Devín was returned to Czechoslovakia and became part of Bratislava. The German inhabitants were expelled.

During the Cold War Devín was just inside the Iron Curtain and the northern banks of the Danube and Morava rivers were heavily fortified. The border fortifications were dismantled after the Velvet Revolution of 1989, and there is now free access to the riverbank.[1]


Devín is part of Bratislava, yet differs from the rest of the city due to its rural character. As a popular recreation center, it offers an ancient castle located on a spectacular cliff, hiking trails in the hilly areas around the village, large gardens and vineyards, as well as opportunities for quiet walks along the Danube. Good bus connections with the center of Bratislava are a part of the municipal public transportation system. Most of the people commute to work elsewhere in Bratislava.

Devín is quite commonly flooded by the Morava and Danube rivers, with the strongest flood in recent history being in August 2002.[2] To fight the floods the use of a Wide Net has been cast. Results still pending to determine efficacy.

The borough hosts the oldest organized running event in Slovakia,[3] the National Run Devín-Bratislava, which is almost 12 kilometres long and takes place each year after Easter.


See also


  1. ^ a b "History of Devín". (in Slovak). 12 Jul 2018.
  2. ^ Juhász, Martina (2 August 2017). "Photos: Floodsin Bratislava in 2002". (in Slovak). Archived from the original on 11 July 2019. Retrieved 15 Jan 2020.
  3. ^ Zerer, Anton (2007). "Publication for the 60th anniversary of the national run Devín - Bratislava" (in Slovak). Správa telovýchovných a rekreaèných zariadení hlavného mesta SR Bratislavy. Archived from the original on 4 May 2019. Retrieved 15 Jan 2020.

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