Castles and Chateaus

Strečno Castle

A visit to the medieval Strečno Castle emblazoned with many legends will certainly be an interesting activity that will make your vacation even more memorable. The castle is located 20 km from Terchová, on the route from Žilina to Martin, at the point where river Váh reaches the Small Fatra, perching high atop the limestone rock in the altitude of 420 m.

The castle rock is an essential part of the Small Fatra scenery and offers beautiful views of the Strečno Mountain Pass and Žilina basin. Accessible by car with parking right under the castle and a 20 minute walk to the entrance.

 

Oravský Castle

One of the most beautiful castles in Slovakia located in the village of Oravský Podzámok, district of Dolný Kubín, is a popular tourist destination. Perched atop the edge of a rocky cliff, it can be seen from afar.

The castle was built in around 1241, changing owners and its appearance during centuries. Three entry gates with a tunnel and tangle of accessible underground hallways make Orava Castle highly attractive.

Very popular are night-haunted tours as well as theatre performances. The castle is a home to the Orava Museum including historical, archeological, naturalist and ethnographic expositions. A trip to Orava Castle will certainly be an enjoyable and memorable experience.

 

Budatín Castle

At a junction of rivers Váh a Kysuca nearby a crossing place, a round residential tower was built in the second half of 13th century. The tower served as a toll-house on the crossings of routes from Ponitrie and Považie to the north regions of Sliezsko and Poland.

Built in the times of defense after the Tatar invasion, this four-story massive tower was also an observation point and a strong-hold for guards. Budatín Castle has been continuously expanded over the centuries, however only the tower remains its dominant benchmark. It is a home to Považské Museum with a unique collection of tinker art.

 

Bytča Chateau

If you are a renaissance admirer, definitely take a trip to visit Bytča Chateau, one of the most attractive renaissance buildings in Slovakia. Originally built in 13th century as a medieval castle belonging to Nitra episcopate, it was later owned by František Thurzo who had it rebuilt during 1571-1574 to serve as a strong-hold – a renaissance castle with multiple functional buildings.

Nowadays, the castle is a home to the National Archive with expositions of Považské múzeum.