Slovakia tours from Bratislava – castles

Slovakia tours from Bratislava – castles

Šomoška - built of unconventional hexagonal basalt pillars

The first stop of the Slovakia tours from Bratislava is Šomoška located in the administrative territory of the village Šiatorská Bukovinka. In immediate vicinity of the Slovak-Hungarian frontier can one observe traces of the past volcanic activity in form of a huge basalt rock with one of the most picturesque Slovak castle on top of it.

Basalt columns, which at this site are a haven for snakes and lizards, are found at few places on earth: Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Northern Ireland, California and Wyoming and British Columbia.

Visitors to the Castle can also stop at the unique natural phenomenon Stone Fall. It lies north-east of the castle hill and it consists of a fan of hexagonal basal pillars. Stone sea is a large area in the middle of the near wood and it consists, as its name suggests, of a great amount of stones. Slovakia Tours from Bratislava - Somoska castle

Fiľakovský hrad - a medieval castle whose ruins lie above Fiľakovo

The second stop of the Slovakia tours from Bratislava is Fiľakov castle. The castle is situated at the top of the rock almost in the center of Fiľakovo. The first written mention of the castle dates back to the 13th century. In the 17th century during the recharging of Imrich Tököli, the castle was burned down and became a ruin.

Nowadays, Castle Museum is home to Fiľakov Castle, with expositions about the history of the castle and its surroundings. There are rare medieval castle finds and objects from the period of the 39-year Turkish occupation of Fiľakovo.

The exhibition also includes valuable exhibits from the most important archaeological sites around Fiľakovo. The findings from the Paleolithic period are supplemented with inflorescence of the invertebrates and prints of plants from the surroundings of Fiľakovo. Slovakia Tours from Bratislava - Filakovsky castle

Čičava - "Book of Lies and Liars"

Another stop of the Slovakia tours from Bratislava is Čičava castle. The road south of the Veľká Domaša water reservoir leads below the ruins of the Čičva Castle from the 13th century. The Castle did not survive the last Rákoczis rebellion in 1711 when it was damaged.

Near the town of Vranov nad Topľou, spread on a limestone hill in Ondavská Highland lies the handsome ruins of the legendary Čičava Castle. This castle is famous for a book (Book of Lies and Liars) that had been known in the past across the whole of Slovakia.

The hike to Čičava Castle is really rewarding and offers to those who make it to the top a great view of the East Slovakia Upland, the Ondava River or the Humenské Hills. More adventurous hikers can try to find the legendary treasure of Čičava supposedly hidden in the dungeon under the castle guarded by a mysterious fire-spewing black hound. Slovakia Tours from Bratislava - Cicava castle

Červený kameň - the most beautiful castle in the Malé Karpaty mountains

Another stop of the Slovakia tours from Bratislava is The Červený kameň Castle. It is situated just several tens of kilometres from the Capital Bratislava is one of the best preserved Slovak Castles.

A stone castle was built in the 13th century as part of the chain of the Kingdom of Hungary’s frontier defense castles ranging from Pressburg to Žilina. This castle was completely rebuilt as a fortress in the first half of the 16th century.

Although the castle was damaged several times by fire, it was always reconstructed by the Pálffys. Today, the castle is a museum. Because of its unique charm, the Castle has become the venue of shooting of various films and fairy tales like The Princess Fantagiró, the Dragon Heart or Cinka Panna. Slovakia Tours from Bratislava - Cerveny Kamen castle

Muráňsky hrad - the third highest castle in Slovakia

Another stop of the Slovakia tours from Bratislava is Muráň Castle, is a ruin of a medieval castle situated above the village of Muráň, in the Muránska planina National Park in Slovakia. The castle is noteworthy for its unusually high altitude of 935 m.

In the first half of the 16th century, it entered to the hands of the robber knight Matej Baša. The greatest boom occurred during the life of Maria Széchy. At that time, the castle was rebuilt, and the great social life of the Hungarian nobility took place between its walls.

In the 18th century, the castle was burned twice. At present, Muráň Castle is a ruin with a preserved area and an entrance tower. The foundations of the Gothic palace, fragments of the perimeter masonry and some secondary structures were preserved. The gateway to the most preserved is the gate with the tower. Slovakia Tours from Bratislava - Muransky castle

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