Budatín Castle

Zilina, Slovakia

Budatín castle was built as a guarding castle in the second half of the 13th century near the confluence of the Kysuca and the Váh, where tolls were collected. At the beginning of the 14th century, originally royal fortress passed into the hands of Matthew III Csák and the castle, especially towers were fortified, and inside the fortress a new palace was built.

Since 1487, the new owner of the castle was Gašpar Suňog, whose family owned it until the end of the 18th century. At the half 16th century, the castle was rebuilt in the Renaissance style. The Turkish threat from the south, and more uprisings at the beginning of the 17th century forced Suňogs to fortify the castle in the Renaissance style. At that time, the Gothic castle was changed into comfortable Renaissance palace.

During the Baroque period in the 17th century, effort was concentrated on building a chapel and finishing various building of the castle and surrounding it by the park. After the Suňog family died, the new owners were the Csákys, who owned the castle until 1945. During the revolutions of 1848/1849, imperial troops seriously damaged the castle, which was repaired in 1870, and was serving as a barracks. The park's size was reduced by the construction of Košice-Bohumín Railway in 1872. The last major reconstruction was done in the 1922-1923, based on the historical and romantic motives. Today, the castle houses three exhibitions of the Považie museum.

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Topoľová 14, Zilina, Slovakia
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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Slovakia

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Laci Pénzes (2 years ago)
The center part is not too good condition but the seeing and the park is nice.
Vincenzo O (2 years ago)
Nice small castle to spend one hour
Samuel Hricko (2 years ago)
Lovely small place with very nice guides and a park where you can borrow sports equipment for free
Julian Geri (2 years ago)
Nice place to visit. One worker at cash desk was very angry for some unknown reason, everyone else was very nice.
Maroš Roman (2 years ago)
Well worth the trip, a great picnic spot and there is access to the Váh river
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