Bzovík castle structure originated by reconstruction of the Cistercian Abbey founded around 1130. Several decades later the Premonstratesian provostship moved here and became the largest feudal estate in the region of Hont. Its fort was repeatedly destroyed in the 15th century.

In 1530 it ended up in hands of Sigismund Balassa who drove out the monks and had the Romanesque monastery reconstructed to the Gothic-Renaissance castle with strong outer fortifications including four corner bastions and the dike. The fort was damaged at the end of the Second World War and reconstructed recently.

Apart from fortifications and bastions, the ruins of the former monastery and part of the Romanesque church in the courtyard survive.

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Toby McGuinness (21 months ago)
I almost died but it's one of my favourite places in the world
Betty Bakker (2 years ago)
Wonderful hike with beautiful forests and varied views and landscapes. Easy to do also for families with children. Castle itself is large and you are free to explore it with few limited access areas. It's being renovated and people working on it are enthousiastic and willing to share stories and informations. From the walls and windows of the castle are priceless views. Beautiful experience.
Mojmir ELIAS (2 years ago)
Must to see. Remote place in the woods. Goats to keep the lawns. From the village follow the blue trail. Leave your car by the end of asphalt and 4 km walk.
Ben Campbell (2 years ago)
Very beautiful landscapes and scenic views
Petra Izsakova (2 years ago)
Nice walk, nice ruins, nice people who taking care for it
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