Carpathian Castle Ruins Tour

Back to the past!

Slovakia is a country with unexpectedly high density of castles and castle ruins. Hundreds of them are hidden in Carpathian forests, built as a protection against Tatar invasions in 13th century, serving for the next 500 years.

Off-the-beaten-track places without souvenirs, but with special medieval atmosphere instead. We offer the best selection of the ruins you can see during one-day trip from Bratislava.

Short tour (5 hours): 2 castle ruins explored. A) Pajštún: proudly standing above Little Carpathian forests with splendid views, destroyed by Napoleon. 1 hour hike included. B)  Plavecký castle, in operation 1256 - 1703, views to forested Záhorská lowland. Again, 1 hour hike included. Pleasant landscape and drink in local pub included, too.

Easily the most unique tour I have been on ever. You can only see so many churches, castles and palaces. Seeing the recent socialism past was a very different and eye-opening trip through Bratislava. This is what Bratislava is all about. Truly enjoyable and overwhelming.

Bratislava Post Socialist CIty Tour
“Fabulous tour!” Chris, TripAdvisor review

This was without doubt the best guided experience I have had to date. Juro did an fantastic job – both knowledgeable, enthusiastic and able tailor the experience to us. I give my highest recommendations to Authentic Slovakia.

Bratislava Post Socialist City Tour
“Best guided experience to date” Rune, TripAdvisor review

It was a fascinating trip through this dystopian architects’ playground, and a really interesting look at how a small city like Bratislava has coped with the onslaught of communism and the effects of sudden urbanisation and centralized planning.

“Absolutelly brilliant!” Marcus, TripAdvisor review

Long tour (10 tour):

4 castle ruins explored.

|     Dobrá Voda, gothic ruin in pine tree forest, after fire in 1762 serving as a prison for half a century. 1 hour walk.

|     Čachtice, seat of the cruel countess Bathory, taking bath in the blood of young virgins. Amazing views to surrounding rural landscape.

|     Branč castle, fired by Turks in 18th century, located in Myjava region rich for folk culture.

|     Plavecký castle, in operation 1256 - 1703, views to forested Záhorská lowland. 1 hour hike included.

During the long tour, we have authentic lunch in local restaurant included.

Please note: on this tour, we do not use our retro cars, but we go by comfortable (mostly air-conditioned) cars - VW, Peugeot, BMW. This is due to your comfort and safety.

Carpathian Castle Ruins Tour, departing from Bratislava: by Authentic Slovakia
Carpathian Castle Ruins Tour, departing from Bratislava: by Authentic Slovakia
Carpathian Castle Ruins Tour, departing from Bratislava: by Authentic Slovakia
Carpathian Castle Ruins Tour, departing from Bratislava: by Authentic Slovakia
Carpathian Castle Ruins Tour, departing from Bratislava: by Authentic Slovakia
Carpathian Castle Ruins Tour, departing from Bratislava: by Authentic Slovakia

Details

Duration:
5 hours (short)
10 hours (long) 

Availability: all year round

Included:
Transport, guide, snack and drink in local pub, entry fee

Meeting point:
Your accommodation in Bratislava at 8:00am (long) or 9:00am (short) or according to agreement

Price per person

Short (5-hour tour)
€55 (2 participants)
€45 (3 participants)
€37 (4-7 participants)

Long (10-hour tour)
€85 (2 participants)
€60 (3 participants)
€50 (4-7 participants)

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