Smolenice Castle was built in the 15th century, but it was destroyed during Rákóczi's War of Independence and Napoleanic wars. In 1777, Count János Pálffy from Pezinok inherited Smolenice but did not reside in the castle due to its poor condition and lack of money for rebuilding it. The castle was rebuilt in the 20th century by order of Count József Pálffy. The architect Jozef Hubert designed the new castle by using Kreuzenstein castle near Vienna as a model, and the works were controlled by the architect Pavol Reiter from Bavaria. During its construction there were masters from Italy, Germany, Austria and Hungary, and 60 workmen from Smolenice and nearby villages. The main building has two wings and a tower, and is made of ferroconcrete.

The castle was damaged in the spring of 1945 during World War II, and in that same year the state became the owner of it. Some reconstructions have been made after 1950, and since June 26, 1953 the castle is property of the Slovak Academy of Sciences. The castle serves now as a conference centre, and it is only opened to the public in summer season.

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Founded: 15th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Slovakia

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prakash narwani (7 months ago)
Good for walking aroung grt atmosphere
zulejka 720 (9 months ago)
Very nice place, beautiful castle worth to see
Daniel Ivanovic (15 months ago)
Beautyfull castle build by grof Palfy.Open for public in sumer.Origin it is congres centre of Slovak Academy Of Science.Nature and forest arround is one of the nicest area in Male Karpaty mountains.
Volodymyr Obi Van (15 months ago)
It’s nice and spectacular, but closed often due to its status of Congress center
Adam Augustín (16 months ago)
Cooool as your mama. Seriously, nice castle, nature. Good for half day trip or hitchhiking.
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