Take this for a fact – you won’t find a prettier view in Bratislava than the one from Sandberg. It’s definitely my favourite – the beautiful vistas stretch from the Devín Castle on the left, all the way to the Male Karpaty mountains on the right. On an exceptionally clear day, several times a year, you can even spot the first mountain of the Alps -Schneeberg and Vienna in the distance.
Sandberg was once a sand quarry, but turned into a protected area when fossils of prehistoric sea animals were found here. Looking down from the cliff towards the open landscape of the Austrian fields beyond the river Morava, it’s not that hard to imagine this was once the seashore.
The sandy cliffs are full of birds’ nests and the area is known for its varied vegetation too. Sandberg is a great spot for curious kids, nature lovers, romantic strolls or just some alone time. Just take this very important piece of advice – bring a bottle of bug spray!
There is a sandpit where kids can play and discover fake fossils in order to discourage them from climbing on the cliffs. They are indeed protected. There is also plenty of information about the geology and living organisms of the area.
You can continue up to Devinska Kobyla, walk through the forest towards Devín. For a more relaxing day just return to Devinska for a beer, kofola (the local –and much tastier- coke) or delicious coffee.