Beckov Castle - alias Beckovský hrad - is one of the biggest castles in Slovakia. Beckov is only 1 hour from Bratislava and is also one of the most visited fortresses in the country. A real medieval ruin that triggers one’s treasure hunt. A visit to the former fortress is a must-see with children.
The village of Beckov got its name from the castle. The old Hungarian name of the castle is "Bolondóc" (which means foolish), which according to the legend, comes from the fact that it was built by the court fool of a local voivode of Beckov.
|Slovak name||Beckovský hrad|
|Address||Beckov 180, 916 38 Beckov, Slovakia|
|Distance from Bratislava||1 hour / 110 km|
|Season||Apr - Nov, every day|
|Opening hours||09:00 - 16:00 / 09:00 - 18:00|
|Time you need to visit||1.5 hours|
Where is Beckov Castle?
Address, distance, getting there, approach, parking, entrance
The castle is located in the village of Beckov, not too far from Trenčín. It is located 7 km northeast of Nové Mesto nad Váhom on the left bank of the Váh river.
- Address: Trenčiansky kraj, okre Nové Mesto nad Váhom, Beckov
- GPS: N48 ° 47'26 '' E17 ° 53'54 ''
- Distance from Bratislava: 1 hour / 110 km
- Distance from Trencin Castle: 30 mins / 20 km
- Distance from Bojnice Castle: 70 km / 1 hour
There is no possibility of parking next to the castle so you can leave your car in the village. The castle is a comfortable 10-minute walk from Beckov.
There is not much information about the construction of the castle. We know that the fortress was already here in the 12th century and had a major role in the area.
In the 13th century, the walls were built at the urging of Béla IV. (Hungarian king), after which Beckov became the property of Matthew III Csák. After his death, the castle became the property of the king.
At the turn of the 14th and 15th centuries, the castle was first pledged and later purchased by the Stibor family. During these times, the settlement under the castle was constantly evolving. In the 16th century, Beckov already had the right to hold fairs; in the 17th century, workers, boots makers, and millers also established guilds in the settlement.
The Turks and the Kurucs besieged the castle, but its walls persisted. Only the troops of László Ocskay (brigadier of the Kurucs) were able to take it - at the beginning of the 18th century.
The castle also served as the site of the Rákóczi War (Hungarian independence war), which the castle survived, but later due to negligence and neglect, the castle collapsed.
The castle has not been rebuilt since. It was renovated in 2012 with EU funds to preserve it in its present state.
Visiting the castle
You can walk around the castle in the outer courtyard. Here you can admire the former towers, bastions and the castle wall. Of course, it is also worth looking at the surrounding panorama. Inside the castle, you can see temporary exhibitions. But perhaps even more exciting is that there are also programs in the castle during the summer.
The castle is closed in winter and only opens its doors to groups (by prior arrangement). Individual visitors can admire it from April to November. The castle is open from April to October, but the daily opening hours may vary.
- April - September: 09:00 - 18:00, every day
- October: 09:00 to 17:00, every day
- November: 09:00 to 16:00, not every day
In the castle, prices are slightly different on weekends and weekdays. On weekends, the ticket is about 1 euro more expensive.
- Adult ticket on weekends: 5.50 euros
- Student ticket for the weekend: 4.50 euros
- Retirement ticket for the weekend: 4.50 euros
- Child ticket on weekends (up to 15 years old): 3.50 euros
Yes, dogs can be brought into the castle. Using a leash and muzzle is mandatory!
- Trencin Castle
- Remains of a former castle near Váh
- Beckov parish
- Franciscan church in the village
- Ambrovec mansion
- Mednyánszky mansion
- Holy Trinity column
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