Published On: Sun, Jan 5th, 2020

Best Undiscovered Slovak Castles

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In eastern Slovakia, there are castles everywhere, whether perched above busy cities or crumbling behind small village farms. While more tourists are discovering the larger complexes near major cities, some of the most romantic castles in eastern Slovakia are frequently overlooked. The castles listed below are mysterious, historic, and easily accessible, but also relatively unknown to tourists.

1. Krasna Horka: May 1-Oct 30, daily: 8.30 to 16.30; Nov 1-Apr 30, daily: 9.00 to 14.30

45 miles (71 km) southwest of Kosice, Krasna Horka rises on a stone outcropping over the rolling hills. This castle, continuously inhabited from 1333 until 1812, is noted for being remarkably well-preserved, down to its (original) furnishings.

Hourly group tours will lead you through the castle’s various sections, showcasing artifacts as varied as Bronze Age tools, medieval swords, and Victorian opera gloves. You’ll also get a chance to gawk at gruesome implements in the torture chamber and an even more grisly display in the family crypt— the naturally mummified body of Zofia Seredy.

Interesting Historical Tidbit: The last heir of the castle, Dionyz Andrassay, renovated it for unusual reasons– after his wife’s death in 1902, he had a mausoleum erected on the property and created a museum of her clothing and possessions, down to the bed she died in. For a glimpse of an aristocratic woman’s daily life, you can peruse her clothing, porcelain, favorite books, fans, hairbrushes, and purses.

2. Kezmarok: May-September, Tues- Sun: 9.00 – 16.00; October-April, Mon- Fri : 8.00 – 15.00

56 miles (90 km) north of Krasna Horka, just below the Tatra Mountains, is Kezmarok, one of the first four towns in all of the Slovak territories. Kezmarok was once a royal free town famous for its medieval craft guilds. This tradition is kept up with a town square bustling with small craft shops, open-air markets, and artisans in medieval dress. Kezmarok Castle was built inside the walled city as its stronghold, and so the entire town is a museum.

Best Undiscovered Slovak Castles

The whitewashed castle, built in the 15th century, is impeccably preserved and furnished, and also houses archeology and folk exhibits.

Interesting Historical Tidbit: From 1463 until 1702, the town residents fought against the nobles in the castle. They wanted to avoid serfdom and preserve Kezmarok’s status as a royal free town.

3. Stara L’ubovna : May-September, Mon- Sun: 9.00 – 18.00; October- April, Mon- Sun: 10.00 – 15.00

Among the dense spruce of Slovensky raj National Forest along the northern border town of Stara L’ubovna is 13th century L’ubovna Hrad. This castle, although considerably less posh, is rich with craggy towers, winding passageways and a natural fog- the perfect setting for a gothic horror story.

Stara L’ubovna is only 21 miles (34 km) north of Kezmarok. Tours of the castle are self-guided, although visitors can pick up a guide in the language of their choice to explain various exhibits and Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture. You are then free to roam the dim underground passages and climb up the narrow spiral tower staircases for glimpses of the Polish border. If you’re alone in the tower, it’s easy to pretend to be a medieval watchman, scanning the horizon for a messenger or enemy troops.

Interesting Historical Tidbit: The castle belonged to both the Hungarian and Polish crowns, and was, for a time, the hiding place of the Polish royal jewels and the prison of the future king of Madagascar.

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