If you’re wandering around the ruins of Devin Castle just outside Bratislava in Slovakia it’s hard to imagine that the Iron Curtain ran right past it, but it’s only a couple of decades ago that they tore down the barbed wire fence along the Danube River dividing Slovakia from Austria. These days the castle ruins on the hill are a really photogenic spot and it seems too romantic to have been a dangerous place where people tried to cross the river into the West, risking being shot.
Just recently Queen Elizabeth II took a trip to Bratislava to officially unveil a statue next to Devin Castle. The new artwork is a huge iron sculpture which represents the Iron Curtain and includes quotations from Winston Churchill. It’s interesting to see that Slovakia seems to be taking a kind of step forward in acknowledging its Cold War history more openly and that definitely adds another reason to visit.
If you’re in Bratislava it’s easy to get out to Devin Castle – a regular bus service leaves from the Novy Most bridge near the Old Town. There’s also a new-ish resort out there where you might find alternative accommodation to the city centre.