Plavecký Castlee was built as a royal frontier castle between 1256 and 1273. Until the 16th century it was owned by Counts of Jur and Pezinok. In the second half of the 16th century the castle was rebuilt into a Renaissance style with the lower court. Gradually it was again fortified and maintained during the 17th century (new cannon towers were added then). In 1706 the castle was damaged the imperial army that conquered it from the rebels.

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Founded: 1256-1273
Category: Ruins in Slovakia

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Oliver Bona (2 years ago)
Amazing place for a hike and sight seeing. Came over for a weekend, did a little paragliding, gorgeous !
Manuel Campagnoli (2 years ago)
Nice view, is possible to reach the castle in 30 min easily from the parking.
Pavol D (2 years ago)
nice historic place accessible 30minutes from parking lot. possible to do bbq on the way.
Andrew Rose (2 years ago)
Free castle ruins. Still well developed. Lots of precarious places to explore and take great photos. Must visit if you can! You can get to the nearby village by bus and then walk too :)
Matt Pierson (2 years ago)
Great castle ruins. You can either take the hike up from the town below, or we drove our four wheel drive up the back side of the mountain and were able to park in a meadow a couple hundred yards away. Don't attempt the road in bad weather or after rain, you'll get stuck. Looks like people camp in the meadow too. Castle ruins are more intact than most, but people are restoring parts of it and it's fairly safe (I brought my two and four year old), just watch out for the cliffs at the edge of the castle.
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