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City / Municipality: Beckov, District: Nové Mesto nad Váhom
Region: Region Trenčín (Trenčiansky kraj)
Tourist location: Považie - Middle Váh region (Stredné Považie)
Mountains: Považský Inovec
Beckov Castle is a castle in ruins located near the village of Beckov in Nové Mesto nad Váhom District, Trenčín Region, western Slovakia. It is a natural cultural monument and its present appearance is the result of renovations in the last quarter of the twentieth century and since 2002.

City / Municipality: Bojnice, District: Prievidza
Region: Region Trenčín (Trenčiansky kraj)
Tourist location: Nitra - Upper Nitra (Horná Nitra)
Mountains: Strážov Mountains (Strážovské vrchy)
Bojnice Castle is a medieval castle in Bojnice, Slovakia. It is a Romantic castle with some original Gothic and Renaissance elements built in the 12th century. Bojnice Castle is one of the most visited castles in Slovakia, receiving hundreds of thousands of visitors every year and also being a popular filming stage for fantasy and fairy-tale movies. The castle is renowned for its attractions, including the popular Castle Fairytale, the International Festival of Ghosts and Spirits and the Summer Music Festival. The ...

City / Municipality: Žilina, District: Žilina
Region: Region Žilina (Žilinský kraj)
Tourist location: Považie - Upper Váh region (Horné Považie)
The Budatín Castle is a castle in north-western Slovakia, near the city of Žilina, where the Kysuca river flows into the Váh river. It was built as a guarding castle in the second half of the 13th century near the confluence of the Kysuca and the Váh, where tolls were collected. At the beginning of the 14th century, the originally royal fortress passed into the hands of Matthew III Csák and the castle, especially the towers, were fortified, and inside the fortress a new palace was built. Since 1487, the new owner of the castle was Gašpar Suňog, whose family owned it until the end of the ...

City / Municipality: Čachtice, District: Nové Mesto nad Váhom
Region: Region Trenčín (Trenčiansky kraj)
Tourist location: Považie - Middle Váh region (Stredné Považie)
Mountains: Little Carpathians (Malé Karpaty)
The castle became famous thanks to Elisabeth Báthory who was born in 1560. The Báthory family owned large properties in Hungary and especially in Transylvania. According to legend, their predecessor Vid killed a dragon in the swamp of Eczed and that is why the family had three dragon teeth in their Coat of Arms. In the 14th century the House of Báthory divided into two branches: Báthory of Somlyó and Báthory of Eczed.  Elisabeth’s parents were George IV of the Báthory of Eczed branch and Anna Báthory of the Somlyó branch. The marriage with George was her third. For the majority of Báthory ...

City / Municipality: Fiľakovo, District: Lučenec
Region: Region Banska Bystrica (Banskobystrický kraj)
Tourist location: Novohrad - Poiplie
Mountains: Cerová Highlands (Cerová vrchovina)
Franciscan Father K. König was the first who came with idea to establish the castle museum in 1941. He established the first Castle Commitee as well. The Commitee began to gather money to set up the institution and an entreaty was sent to the Hungarian National Museum in Budapest to make an archeological research of the area. The research started in 1944 under the conductorship of dr. János Kalmár. The world war stopped the process of establishing the museum and the research itself too. The first regional museum of ...

City / Municipality: Kežmarok, District: Kežmarok
Region: Region Prešov (Prešovský kraj)
Tourist location: Spiš
The castle belongs to the castles called "town castles". It was built directly on the territory of the city of Kezmarok, in order to guard the city against enemies. The building of castle is connected with family of Zapolsky. The first written reference about the castle is from 1463. In 1528 it became the property of the family Lasky. The last owner of the castle  was Ferdinand Rueber, who the city of Kežmarok bought the castle from in year 1702.    The original gothic fortress was re-build  by the family Thököly to  plush residence. The Thököly family  built in 1657-1658  a baroque chapel in the castle. They built the building of stable in the same century. After passing into the ownership of the city, the ...

City / Municipality: Banská Štiavnica, District: Banská Štiavnica
Region: Region Banska Bystrica (Banskobystrický kraj)
Tourist location: Hont
Mountains: Štiavnica Mountains (Štiavnické vrchy)
The building of the Nový zámok Castle (New Castle) is one of the architectural icons of the town. Its silhouette is unique in Europe; it reminds a rocket. It is also a place of Battles against Turks exposition with rare pieces of weapons. Moreover, the visitors of the castle are offered an extraordinary view of the town.When Buda collapsed in 1526, the country had to manage an effective defence against Turkish expansion. For unimaginable 150 years the Turkish thread was a day-to-day reality of the Štiavnica region. Turks subdued many municipalities in its surrounding, but they never conquered Banská Štiavnica. It might have been caused by the fact that the inhabitants of Štiavnica sacrificed very much for their ...

City / Municipality: Nitra, District: Nitra
Region: Region Nitra (Nitriansky kraj)
Tourist location: Nitra - Lower Nitra (Dolná Nitra)
Mountains: Tribeč, Peak / Mount: Žibrica
Nitra Castle is a national monument and landmark of the city of Nitra. At present time, visitors can see the restored castle complex, accessible is exposure casemate, diocesan museum and castle tower. Part of the castle complex is also the Cathedral of St. Emmeram's Cathedral, where are held masses every day. During the summer there are organized concerts and film screenings in castle area.

City / Municipality: Banská Štiavnica, District: Banská Štiavnica
Region: Region Banska Bystrica (Banskobystrický kraj)
Tourist location: Hont
Mountains: Štiavnica Mountains (Štiavnické vrchy)
Starý zámok castle (Old Castle) is considered a “stone chronicle of the town“. Its walls are the gate to the oldest secrets of Štiavnica. Long ago it used to be a church, but it was transformed into a fortress during the period of Turkish thread. It is a place of the exhibition about the oldest region’s history called “Miners Are Coming”, the exhibition of shooting targets, smithery, the famous pipe workshop or the exhibition of Baroque sculpture and Calvary in Asylum. The copies of the paintings from the altar of a ...

City / Municipality: Oravský Podzámok, District: Dolný Kubín
Region: Region Žilina (Žilinský kraj)
Tourist location: Orava
Mountains: Skorušina Hills (Skorušinské vrchy)
Orava Castle is situated on a high rock above Orava river in the village of Oravský Podzámok, Slovakia. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful castles in Slovakia. The castle was built in the Kingdom of Hungary in the thirteenth century. Many scenes of the 1922 film Nosferatu were filmed here, the castle representing Count Orlok's Transylvanian castle. Orava Castle stands on the site of an old wooden fortification, built after the Mongol invasion of Hungary of 1241. Its history since then reveals a familiar ...

City / Municipality: Podolie, District: Nové Mesto nad Váhom
Region: Region Trenčín (Trenčiansky kraj)
Tourist location: Považie - Middle Váh region (Stredné Považie)
Park of miniatures in Podolie is a unique product of tourism in Slovakia. In the open-air exhibition there are currently 68 models of castles, chateaus, churches, chalets, lookouts and native homes. The aim of the park builders is to save  min. 4-5 objects of cultural heritage per year, made in appearance from the time of their greatest glory. Slovakia has always been rich in castles, chateaus, churches, cultural and historical monuments. Many of them were abolished, or they are in dismal state, few stones in the ...

City / Municipality: Častá, District: Pezinok
Region: Region Bratislava (Bratislavský kraj)
Tourist location: Bratislava and surroundings (Bratislava a okolie)
Mountains: Little Carpathians (Malé Karpaty)
The first mention of Red Stone Castle was in the first half of the 13th century. The castle was built at a request of Queen Konstancia Uhorska, the widow of the Czech king, on her own land before 1240. At the same time the castle got the name – Red Stone (Cerveny Kamen in Slovak, Rothenstein in German, Vorosko in Hungarian) or Beaver Castle. The castle was originally held by the Crown and later passed into the ownership of Matus Cak Trenciansky and a number of families including Zapolski, Turzo and the counts of Svaty ...

City / Municipality: Slanec, District: Košice-okolie
Region: Region Košice (Košický kraj)
Tourist location: Kosice and surroundings (Abov) / Košice a okolie (Abov)
Mountains: Slanské Hills (Slanské vrchy)
The history of Slanec Castle begins sometime after 1270. Documents from this year, describing the Slanec feudal lands, make no mention of a castle. The initiators of its construction were most likely to have been the Slanec branch members of the Aba Royal House (during that time, the castle hill and its surroundings were held by Peter, son of Cham). The first written mention of the castle reads “sub castro Zalanch”(“under the Zalanch castle”) and originates in a document dated 9th of August 1281 from the Hungarian king ...

City / Municipality: Zvolen, District: Zvolen
Region: Region Banska Bystrica (Banskobystrický kraj)
Tourist location: Horehronie (Upper Hron River region / Horné Pohronie)
The medieval castle is currently the most extensive gallery in Slovakia. Its space offers visitors a large collection of old masters from the 13th to the 21th centuries. The halls of the ground and first floor are attractive exhibition spaces with a wealth of artistic types, themes and styles. Zvolen Castle was built for the Hungarian King Louis of Anjou in the final third of the 14th century, on the site of an older manor. Originally it served as the occasional seat of the royal court, and from 1424 it was part of ...

City / Municipality: Smolenice, District: Trnava
Region: Region Trnava (Trnavský kraj)
Tourist location: Bratislava and surroundings (Bratislava a okolie)
Mountains: Little Carpathians (Malé Karpaty)
Smolenice Castle was built in the 15th century, but it was destroyed during Rákóczi's War of Independence and Napoleanic wars. In 1777, Count János Pálffy from Pezinok inherited Smolenice but did not reside in the castle due to its poor condition and lack of money for rebuilding it. The castle was only rebuilt in the 20th century, by order of Count József Pálffy. The architect Jozef Hubert designed the new castle by using Kreuzenstein castle near Vienna as a model, and the works were controlled by the architect Pavol ...

City / Municipality: Žehra, District: Spišská Nová Ves
Region: Region Košice (Košický kraj)
Tourist location: Spiš
Mountains: Levoča Mountains (Levočské vrchy)
The ruins of Spiš Castle in eastern Slovakia is one of the largest castle sites in Central Europe. The castle is situated above the town of Spišské Podhradie and the village of Žehra, in the region known as Spiš. Spišský Hrad has one of the largest ensembles of 13th and 14th century military, political and religious buildings in eastern Europe, and its Romanesque and Gothic architecture has remained remarkably intact. In 1993, the Spiš Castle was included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Spiš Castle was built in ...

City / Municipality: Strečno, District: Žilina
Region: Region Žilina (Žilinský kraj)
Tourist location: Považie - Upper Váh region (Horné Považie)
Mountains: Little Fatra (Malá Fatra)
The Strečno Castle  is a reconstructed ruin of a medieval castle of an irregular plan located in northern Slovakia, 12 km east of Žilina. The castle stands on a 103-metre-high calcite cliff above the international road E50 and village Strečno. Along with the Old castle constitutes a significant landscape landmark of the Upper Váh region. The first recorded mention of the stone castle is from 1316. Today the castle belongs to the national cultural heritage of the Slovak republic.

District: Nové Mesto nad Váhom
Region: Region Trenčín (Trenčiansky kraj)
Tourist location: Považie - Middle Váh region (Stredné Považie)
Mountains: Považský Inovec
Castle Tematín, the ruins of castle that have remained of it, are still majestically overlooking the valley of river Váh. Castle since its inception fulfilled gardian function, and together with Trenčín Castle, Beckov castle and Čachtice castle, was part of the protection of  Kingdom of Hungary (Uhorsko). From the 13th century, this castle lying on one of the hills of Považský Inovec mountains was the center of county comprising several villages lying on the left side of the river Váh. Its area was relatively small, ...

City / Municipality: Trenčín
Region: Region Trenčín (Trenčiansky kraj)
Tourist location: Považie - Middle Váh region (Stredné Považie)
Mountains: Považský Inovec
The Trenčín Castle is a castle above the town of  Trenčín in western Slovakia. Trencin Castle is quite extensive refurbished castle, towering on a steep limestone cliff directly above the town of Trenčín. It is a not only landmark of town, but also of the whole of  Middle Váh region (Stredné Považie). It is National Cultural Monument. History of the castle goes back to the age of the Roman Empire, testified by the inscription telling about the victory of the II. Roman legion at Laugaricio (the Latin name of Trenčín) ...

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