Dobrá Voda Castle Ruins

Dobrá Voda, Slovakia

The Dobrá Voda castle was built on the site of an earlier castle in the first quarter of 13th century in the mountainous terrain on one of the roads that cross the crest of a small Carpathian Mountains. It was first time mentioned in 1263. In ancient times, the castle formed an elongated structure of the palace, which was close to both sides of the four-sided tower, a palace located on the southeast side of the associated itself another part of the castle chapel ending. The castle, originally the property of the king, became the property Stibors Stiborice in the 14th century and since 1436 it was in the possession of family Orszagh.

In the end of 16th century castle owners started to secure the gate and restored the lower court, where they added a few strongholds in the fortification wall. The uprising of Francis II. Rákóczi (d. 1703) badly damaged Dobrá Voda castle and it was burned in 1762. After that it was a prison.



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Dobrá Voda, Slovakia
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Founded: 13th century
Category: Ruins in Slovakia


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Peter K (2 years ago)
Výlet na hrad Dobrá Voda sme spojili s výletom na neďalekú zrúcaninu kláštora Sv. Kataríny - Katarínka. Odporúčam toto spojenie, lebo samotná prechádzka na hrad Dobrá Voda je krátka. Ak zaparkujete v kopci pri cintoríne v obci Dobrá Voda, tak do 25 minút ste po červenej značke na hrade. Boli sme tu v zime, takže stromy boli bez listov, ale aj tak sme hrad zbadali až keď sme sa priblížili asi na 50 metrov. Toto ma dosť na našich zrúcaninách mrzí. Neviem či je to strach z rôznych pseudoochranárskych aktivistov a združení, ale okolie stredovekých hradov nebolo v minulosti nikdy zalesnené. Mnohé naše pekné hrady sú zarastené stromami a z diaľky neviditeľné. A výhľad z nich je tiež obmenzený aj keď sú na vyvýšených miestach. Samotný hrad bol v minulosti jedným z tých väčších a aj dnes je jednoduché si predstaviť ako vyzeral. Len by to chcelo pár ľudí s motorovými pílami, aby hrad v lese zviditeľnili. Štát by s tým mal začať niečo robiť.
Martin Polacek (3 years ago)
Very nice place in the woods, several fireplaces, accessible for bikes and childrens strollers. Castles ruins are much bigger than seems
Lubko Chabada (3 years ago)
Miroslav Hurban (3 years ago)
Very nice place for family and friends trip with places to prepare a fire and have a meal. Nice view. Still surprised how many places are worth repairing and taking care off.
Peter Žido (4 years ago)
Beautiful nature and ruins. Unfortunately, the state of ruins is getting worse and worse. Suitable for kids. Easy to access.
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