The Beckov castle stands on a steep 50 m tall rock in the village Beckov. The dominance of the rock and impression of invincibility it gaves, challenged our ancestors to make use of these assets. The result is a remarkable harmony between the natural setting and architecture.

The castle first mentioned in 1200 was originally owned by the King and later, at the end of the 13th century it fell in hands of Matúš Èák. Its owners alternated - at the end of the 14th century the family of Stibor of Stiborice bought it.

The next owners, the Bánffys who adapted the Gothic castle to the Renaissance residence, improved its fortifications preventing the Turks from conquering it at the end of the 16th century. When Bánffys died out, the castle was owned by several noble families. It fell in decay after fire in 1729.

The history of the castle is the subject of different legends. One of them narrates the origin of the name of castle derived from that of jester Becko for whom the Duke Stibor had the castle built.

Another legend has it that the lord of the castle had his servant thrown down from the rock because he protected his child from the lords favourite dog. Before his death, the servant pronounced a curse saying that they would meet in a year and days time, and indeed precisely after that time the lord was bitten by a snake and fell down to the same abyss.

The well-conserved ruins of the castle, now the National Cultural Monument, are frequently visited by tourists, above all in July when the castle festival takes place. The former Ambro curia situated below the castle now shelters the exhibition of the local history.

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Pali Varga (9 months ago)
I was amazed how huge the castle complex actually is - from the road it looks just a tiny building on the rock. In summer, there are stands with local products (some old-times food snack, sweets - as from the various fairs, would be very welcome), falconers with lots of birds, stage performances - giving it unusually vivid atmosphere. I liked the random expositions of the Mednyansky paintings, that perfectly fit into the walls of the castle ruins. The old (Jewish) cemeteries scattered among the hill-slopes and trees have a lovely ambience as well. The village underneath the castle has also couple of cute corners, urex sort, unreconstructed buildings that could become fancy accommodation or some tourist venues, perhaps a museum. There's a potential! Definitely worth a visit.
Lucia Polakovicova (10 months ago)
Amazing Castle. Lot of voluntary work was seen there...
Peter Stolc (11 months ago)
Stunning medieval castle on top of a large stone block in the middle of picturesque Slovak village. Small entrance fee is collected/required from visitors. Castle is in permanent maintenance and development state. From the village the castle entrance is less than a kilometer. After leaving the castle I recommend to climb on top of a ridge on opposite side of the access road. Only couple hundredth of meters of not very steep incline will offer beautiful view of whole castle complex. You will not be disappointed!
Dave Harper (13 months ago)
great place, not the biggest castle but it is easy accessible even with small kids (not good for strollers). entry fees are reasonable, everything is nicely marked, you can pay by card, you won't get lost anywhere. toilette's are nice. all is working as should. the views from every window, corner or wall is astonishing don't miss any. highly recommend.
Filip Med (13 months ago)
Liked the way they are taking care of this place. Some parts are renovated and there are also some new buildings built (exhibition rooms, stage, toilets). The walk up is short - about 10 minutes from the parking. The entrance is 4,50 € and you can pay by card ? There are also souvenir shops and refreshments. Recommend :)
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