Somló Castle Ruins

Somló, Hungary

Somló castle was built in the 13th century soon after the Mongol Invasion. It had a great deal of owners. Kinizsi Pal was also among them but the castle’s golden age was when the bishop of Eger, Bakócz Tamás bought it in the late 15th century. He rebuilt it and it served as a castle and as a chapel. The Turkish tried to occupy several times unsuccessful. By the 18th Century it was a bad condition. The ruins are not easy to reach, but when you get there, you will have a spectacular view on the Somló wine region.


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Virág utca, Somló, Hungary
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Founded: 13th century
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in Hungary


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Endre Barcs (4 years ago)
A good place but maybe hard to reach. The parking what you found on the map is crowded. Usually 5-7 cars can park and the road is only one car wide. Maybe you have to reverse a lot on a very narrow road with trees and rocks so leave the car down near thr road. You have to walk a bit to reach the castle. After the a while it is really hard to walk up. It is really steep.
Zoltán Balogh (4 years ago)
Spectacular view. Not an ordinary castle as it is not renovated and there is no service at all. It is a fairy ruin in the middle of the forest. The climb is not easy but if one goes on the asphalt road it is just steep.
Peter Asher Singer (4 years ago)
Wonderful landscape. Magnificent fortress even in its ruins.
Catinca Manaila (4 years ago)
Nice hike and really great views from the top. We visited in late September and the atmosphere was very moody around the ruins. Very cool example of ‘charming ruins’ of a 14th Century hilltop fortress.
Robert Tonkinson (4 years ago)
This was a very enjoyable hike. The signage to get there is a little weak and we made a couple of wrong turns before finding it. But, we had fun climbing on the ruins and taking pictures. We also enjoyed one of the most spectacular sunsets I have ever seen. We did the hike up from the church. It is moderately steep for maybe the first .75 kilometers, but fairly flat thereafter. I highly recommend a visit.
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