Castles & Ruins of Slovakia


The castles of Slovakia stand witness to earlier eras:

when the picturesque fortresses formed the last line of defence against various invasions from east and southeast in the middle ages...
when they help troops ready to tear each other apart during the Reformation’s internecine wars...
when the nobility simply wanted to keep its people in line...
when the aristocracy of more recent centuries simply wanted to show off...

Beautiful exemplars of all periods and purposes abound here, some as eerie ruins and others as fully restored museum pieces. Never are you further than an easy day trip from a castle worth seeing. The following gives details on some of the country’s best-known castles.

Bojnice Castle

Bojnice Castle

Zámok a okolie 1, 972 01 Bojnice

Romantic Bojnice Castle is one of the most visited and most attractive castles in central Europe.

Spis Castle

Spis Castle

Spisske Podhradie, 053 04 Spišské Podhradie

In the lands of Spis, the north-western region of Eastern Slovakia, large castle is standing proudly on the hill above the plebs.

Cachtice Castle

Cachtice Castle

916 21 Čachtice

Ideally located ruin of "the mysterious castle in the Carpathian Mountains" was made famous particullary because of its last resident, chatelaine Elizabeth Bathory.

Cerveny kamen (Red Stone Castle)

Cerveny kamen (Red Stone Castle)

Hrad Červený Kameň, 900 89 Častá

Site of a medieval castle that was gradually pulled down, Cerveny Kamen (pronounced CHER-ven-ee KAH-men) retains that castle’s name (from “Rothstein” in German, meaning “red stone”).

Orava Castle

Orava Castle

Oravský Podzámok, 027 41 Oravský Podzámok

One the most beautiful and largest castles in Slovakia, in the northern Orava region, Orava Castle is situated on a high rock above Orava river.

Bratislava Castle

Bratislava Castle

Bratislava, 08001 Bratislava

Bratislava Castle, the landmark overlooking the capital, was built in 9th century. It stands on the hill above Danube river.

Devin Castle

Devin Castle

Muránská, 84110 Devín

The well-preserved ruin is noted for a marvellous geographical position, offering terrific panorama views upon the confluence of Danube and Morava rivers.

Lubovniansky (Stara Lubovna) Castle

Lubovniansky (Stara Lubovna) Castle

Zámocká 22, 064 01 Stará ľubovňa

A large stone castle built in the 14th century to protect trade routes to Poland. It was an important administrative center, as well as a shelter for the Polish crown jewels.

Budmerice

Budmerice

Budmerice

The mansion built at the end of the 19th century by the Palffy family is dominating the village, where people lived since the New Stone Age.

Manor House of Betliar

Manor House of Betliar

Kaštieľna 6, 049 21 Betliar

This hunting estate of almost 50 rooms was owned by the noble Bebek family and then Andrássy family for centuries

Trencin Castle

Trencin Castle

Trenčiansky hrad, 911 01 Trenčín

The Trenčín Castle is a castle above the town of Trenčín, housing exhibitions of the Trenčín Museum. History of the castle goes back to the age of the Roman Empire.

Beckov Castle

Beckov Castle

Beckov 180, 913 10 Beckov

Standing on a steep high cliff above Vah - the longest river of Slovakia, magnificent ruins of Beckov castle are a dominant feature on the horizon.

Lupca Castle

Lupca Castle

976 13 Slovenská ľupča

Very preserved castle with bright white walls is standing on the road between Banska Bystrica and Brezno. An important route led here in medieval times - Via Manga.

Krasna Horka Castle

Krasna Horka Castle

Krásnohorské Podhradie, 049 41 Krásna Hôrka

Krasna Horka ("Beautiful Hill"), majestic castle in the heart of Slovakia. Now in the reconstruction due to extensive fire in 2012.

Pajstun

Pajstun

Pajštún, 90032 Borinka

Spectacular old ruin from 13th century close to the capital, Pajstun is a popular place among rockclimbers. Wonderful views and nice walk through the beautiful Carpathian woods.

Smolenice Castle

Smolenice Castle

Zámocká 18, 919 04 Smolenice

A wonderful, romantic castle serves as a convention centre, used for conferences, symposia, seminars and weddings. Open for public only in July and August.

Budatin Castle

Budatin Castle

Topoľová 1, 010 03 Žilina

At the exit from Žilina to Kysuce, at the junction of the Rivers Vah and Kysuca, there rises the far-visible water tower of the former medieval castle.

Strecno Castle

Strecno Castle

Hradná 1, 013 24 Strečno

It's impossible to overlook the ruins of a castle on a rocky cliff above the river Vah on the road from Žilina to Martin. The small castle, defender toll station, has become the best fortified castle of the area.

Liptovsky Hradok Castle

Liptovsky Hradok Castle

033 01 Liptovský Hrádok

A special combo of a preserved ruined castle and a Renaissance manor house on the edge of the town of Liptovsky Hradok offers stylish accommodation, restaurant and a very untraditional place for a visit.

Likava Castle

Likava Castle

Hrad Likava, 034 95 Likavka

History of Likava Castle goes back 700 years. It was once a royal guardian castle, later rebuilt as a sumptuous private residence.

Plavecky Castle

Plavecky Castle

Plavecký hrad, Plavecké Podhradie

Plavecke Podhradie Village is located 20 km from Malacky. A huge castle was built in the 13th century above the village to fill the role of the frontier fort.