Likava Castle Ruins

Likavka, Slovakia

Likava Castle (Likavský hrad) was referred to for the first time in 1315. Its construction started with the intention to have a guarding point over the passage across the river Váh and the trade route from the Váh Basin to Orava and further to Poland.

The castle owners, the noble family of Hunyady, gradually reconstructed and widened the core of the Castle and built the part called the lower castle in the second half of the 15th century. In the second half of the 17th century, the Thökölys" eventually finished the entire fortification system though it was of no use as it did not prevent the disaster at the beginning of the 18th century when the retreating troops of František Rákoczi completely pulled down the castle in 1707.

Likava castle gradually decayed in ruins. After a thorough reconstruction in recent year the tower Hunyadyho veža was opened to public. It contains the exhibition of the Castle history.



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Founded: c. 1315
Category: Ruins in Slovakia


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Branislav Flassik (11 months ago)
Majestic, sizeable, imposing and well preserved castle, but sadly, it is not completely open to public because of the safety measures, so there is not much to see of it's interior, just a small part.
Gal Anonim (12 months ago)
Nice ruins, free parking in the city Likava, not too high price for some history shown in expositions. I would recomend also to find place with good views of the castle- I did not have the time to do so but the castle must look nice from the distance.
Norbert P. (2 years ago)
For 2€ you can get from the first inner yard to the second inner yard, where you cannot go into the castle itself, because they closed it "for security reasons" and see almost nothing. Why they not allow a visit on your own risk, like every other castle ruin? For now it's not worth to go there..
Seb Seb (2 years ago)
a beautiful place with an interesting history. nicely situated on a mountain slope with a forest exit. I recommend
Peter Adamka (2 years ago)
Very easy and short walk. Suitable even for small children. Quite nicely preserved site, although only small portion of castle is accessible. The view from castle is awesome and worth the effort.
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