Cachtice Castle, Cachtice

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Čachtice Castle (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈtʃaxcitsɛ]; Slovak: Čachtický hrad, Hungarian: Csejte vára) is a castle ruin in Slovakia next to the village of Čachtice. It stands on a hill featuring rare plants, and has been declared a national nature reserve for this reason. The castle was a residence and later the prison of the Countess Elizabeth Báthory.

Čachtice was built in the mid-13th century by Kazimir from the Hont-Pázmány gens as a sentry on the road to Moravia. Later, it belonged to Máté Csák, the Stibor family, and then to Elizabeth Báthory. Čachtice, its surrounding lands and villages, was a wedding gift from the Nádasdy family upon Elizabeth's marriage to Ferenc Nádasdy in 1575.

Originally, Čachtice was a Romanesque castle with an interesting horseshoe shaped residence tower. It was turned into a Gothic castle later and its size was increased in the 15th and 16th centuries. A Renaissance renovation followed in the 17th century. In 1708 the castle was captured by the rebels of Ferenc II Rákoci AKA Francis II Rákóczi. It was neglected and burned down in 1799. It was left to decay until it was turned into a tourist attraction in 2014.
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  • Once we walked up the steep hill (30 min) and paid €3 each for the entrance fee we were disappointed with the lack of information available both slovak or English to give us an understanding of even.....  more »
  • There's a brilliant typically hammy Hammer horror film 'Countess Dracula' based on stories about the infamous Countess Elizabeth Bathory who was one of the occupants of this ruined castle, perched...  more »
  • Great Castle. Our tour guide knew all the best stories. We will go again!
  • Ruins of a castle connected with a history of Elisabeth Bathory, a known serial killer from Middle Ages. You can buy small refreshment. 1.5 km on foot from the last parking (paid parking). Trip convenient for children 3+ years old.

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