The dominant building in the Hlohovec is a Renaissance-Baroque castle built in 1720. The castle is built on the place of a pre-existing Slavic settlement and a medieval castle from the 13th century. In the castle area is the Empire theatre built in 1802, a riding school from the 18th century, and a Baroque garden pavilion.

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Zámok 1, Hlohovec, Slovakia
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Founded: 1720
Category: Castles and fortifications in Slovakia

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Martin Višňanský (6 months ago)
An interesting sightseeing experience, combining real exhibition with extremly detailed and well-designed virtual reality on "how it used to look many years ago". Very enthusiastic lady-guide, with deep knowledge, keen on and still able to engage visitors. BiG Thanks for such a surprise in small town of Hlohovec.
Tomáš Hodor (2 years ago)
The best thing is VR experience
Peter Stolc (2 years ago)
The old Castle in Hlohovec is in restoration process. However, it is available for visitors. Only very small part of the castle is restored, though it is well worth the visit. Inside you can find small expositions and also virtual reality demonstration of the castle how it was supposed to be furnished in the distant past. Easy to use, easy to navigate for each age category. Especially kids will be thrilled by experience. Beautiful gardens are surrounding castle, beyond gardens is even bigger park. Small (fee free) parking lot is available just above the main building.
Miroslav Miklovic (2 years ago)
Still lots of work needs to be done, but worth the visit...
Patrik Hromada (3 years ago)
Na zámku prebiehajú rekonštrukčné práce. Zatiaľ bolo možné prehliadnuť si zámok z vnútra iba počas sporadických akcií určených pre verejnosť.
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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.

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