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Cachtice Castle, Cachtice

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Čachtice Castle (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈtʂaxtɕitse]; 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 Matthew 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 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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  • I wasn’t planned to come in the beginning. I saw a postcard of Cachtice Castle at reception of my hotel. It was stunning! I went on hiking after getting off a train at Cachtice Station. The hiking... 
    I wasn’t planned to come in the beginning. I saw a postcard of Cachtice Castle at reception of my hotel. It was stunning! I went on hiking after getting off a train at Cachtice Station. The hiking...  more »
  • Castle is beautiful with good service. Recommend to wait until some medieval days and other events. The road is good but wear proper shoes - you go to the top of hill, and you are awarded by... 
    Castle is beautiful with good service. Recommend to wait until some medieval days and other events. The road is good but wear proper shoes - you go to the top of hill, and you are awarded by...  more »
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  • Pretty ok, there is not many "buildings" left to admire, but what is there was well used. it has some children's amusement facilities, some cute corners, some lovely views, a cafe, couple of stands with local products, even a beekeeping exposition. I liked the "castle couch" feature - that gives it a rather funny touch. For what is standing, the space was well used and worth one visit.
  • Great and interesting trip, well laid out and plenty to see. Information in a few languages too. Beautiful views. Worth a visit for sure.

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