You must travel all the way to northern Slovakia if you want to admire the medieval Castle of Strecno. The castle's unique design, the steep rock wall and the river Vah below the castle contribute to the exciting view.
As part of the guided tour, the castle is one of the most significant sights of the Váh region in Little Fatra. Ideal for history lovers and nature lovers alike. And a must-see half-day program with children.
Where is Strecno Castle?
Address, map, distance, parking, entrance, approach
The settlement called Strecno is located 10 km southeast of Žilina on the left bank of the river Vah. The castle is located south of the village centre (about 20 minutes on foot or 5 minutes by car). It is hidden from prying eyes by the mountains of the Little Fatra.
- Address: Hrad Strečno, Hradná 1, 013 24 Strečno
- Distance from Bratislava: 2 hours / 220 km
- GPS: N49 ° 11'13 '' E18 ° 51'47 ''
There is a parking lot under the castle. From here you can walk to the castle entrance in about 15-20 minutes.
More about the castle
The floor area of the castle was originally 18 x 22 meters. At first, only a smaller residential building and a water reservoir were placed, later the 13th century the Old Tower - the so-called bergfrit was added. The tower is connected by a bridge to the southern parts of the castle.
Later, in the 15th century, three Italian bastions were added to the castle, as well as a palace wing, a castle chapel, a gate tower and a restored rondella. The main reason for this was that it became the property of the queen.
Over time, the outer castle was also fortified, but unfortunately not much is visible today. However, the view is still unparalleled. The castle cliff and the path above the castle offer a beautiful view of the Strecno pass.
The most famous part of the castle is the chapel, where you can see the portrait of Sophia Bosniak. According to legend, the woman suffered so much from the infidelities of her husband (Ferenc Wesselényi) that she eventually died of grief.
You can only visit the castle on a guided tour. Arrive at least 1 hour before daily closing. There is no group during lunch break (12-13 p.m.).
- Season: April - September
- Closed: October - March
- Opening hours: Mon-Sun, 09:00 - 17:00
Admission to the castle is subject to a fee, which includes a guided tour. With your ticket, you can also visit the artificial village called Paseka.
- Adult ticket: 7 euros
- Child and pensioner ticket: 3.5 euros
- Under 6 years old: free
The castle may have been built in the 13th century, probably by the Balassa clan. At the beginning of the 14th century, it was the property of Matthew III Csák until 1321; later, it fell into royal hands. From here, at the beginning of the 15th century, this fortress became the property of Queen Elizabeth.
It was later owned by John Corvinus, John Zápolya, and the Dersffy family. In the 17th century, it became the property of the Wesselényi and Löwenburg families. It was here that Ferenc Wesselényi married Zsofia Bosnyak.
The castle belonged to the Esterhazy family at the end of the 17th century. The castle estate consisted first of two and then of three parts, the centres of which were Zilina, Teplička nad Váhom and Gbeľany.
The village was part of the manor of the castle above it, it was a service village. In 1598, it had 35 houses. In 1720, the number of taxpayers was 24.
In 1784, there were 336 inhabitants in 92 families in 76 houses. In 1828 it had 70 houses with 731 inhabitants. Its inhabitants were engaged in forest work, wood production and rafting.