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.
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.
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.
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.
5 hours (short)
10 hours (long)
Availability: all year round
Transport, guide, snack and drink in local pub, entry fee
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)