Having moved to Slovakia several months ago, I’m doing my best to explore the country, a country which is largely ignored by the hordes of tourists who flock to Bratislava in search of city breaks and stag parties. Slovakia is famous for it’s castles, thus I’ve made an effort to visit several, either as a specific trip, or in combination with some hiking excursion.
Slovakia has the world’s highest number of castles and chateaux per capita
This fact surprises many people, however the country lies at the heart of many historical trade routes, and has been subject to military pressure from various countries and regions since the middle ages. Whilst many of these impressive buildings were destroyed or damaged, and now lie in ruins, several were either preserved or restored. During the more peaceful times, royal and noble families constructed grand manors or chateaux. Consequently, Slovakia boasts a variety of castles and castle-like structures in various conditions and architectural styles. These are definitely worth seeking out if you travel to this amazing country in the heart of Europe.
Here are some of my favourites so far;
Below is a Google Map with various castles and chateaux that are either preserved (green) or ruins (blue), and here is my ‘Slovakian Castle‘ list on Trover. Like this blog post, these are very much a work in progress, and I’ll be updating them over the coming months as I travel around Slovakia.