Cachtice Castle
Cachtice Castle
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Aerik V
Tarrytown, NY8 contributions
May 2023 • Solo
This is one of the more fulfilling sites of grim East European history to travel to…. While the castle is technically a ruin there is actually much to see and the view is absolutely beautiful… For anyone interested in the history of Elizabeth Bathory this is a must see…
Written 4 December 2023
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averyglenthorne
London, UK73 contributions
May 2023 • Solo
I visited in May 2023 by train from Bratislava and changing at Nove Mesto onto a two coach local train. Cachtice station is 5 minutes from Nove Mesto and has no platforms - one jumps off onto the ground. The castle is 2.5km away and is well sign posted from the station. There is no public or castle transport from the station but the distance is walkable. The road does not have a continuous footpath although there is one around the church archway. Cachtice village is reached after 15-20 minutes and has a cafe but nothing else of note. It is then a long 30 minute walk up a very steep hill to the castle. The cafe and souvenir stalls in the castle grounds were closed. Toilets are chemical outside the castle entrance. Nevertheless it was worth every puff of breath to get there. A good outside view of the castle is available from the high level path above the entrance road. Trains back are only one an hour or two hours but also go on to Trencin where I ended up to see another castle. There is a bus stop outside Cachtice train station for buses to Nove Mesto.
Written 3 June 2023
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Patti H
4 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
A great way to get some exercise and see some history. There are a couple of ways to get to the castle. We went up a steeper trail that was through the woods, directly off the Visnove train stop. They are restoring part of the castle, but it does not limit your beautiful city views from the top. Lots of opportunities for great pictures! Even had a small shop with Bathory wine!
Written 25 August 2022
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Robert Chang-Chih Chou
Edinburgh, UK206 contributions
Jun 2022 • Solo
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 path was so tranquil in a forest. I was so relaxed and enjoyed the hiking so much. When I arrived the castle, the view was breathtaking! So beautiful. I was very glad that I added this extra journey to my trip in Slovakia.
Written 4 June 2022
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Canis L
Slovakia8 contributions
Oct 2020 • Family
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 beautiful views. In the castle is also place where to get something to drink.
Written 9 October 2020
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Som.macko
Saint-Etienne, France1 contribution
Aug 2019 • Couples
Once we walked up the steep hill (30 min) and paid €3 each for the entrance fee we were disappointed with the lack of information available both slovak or English to give us an understanding of even what we are looking at. The view is the only saving grace.
Written 28 August 2019
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lonewolf44
Kingston upon Thames, UK1,306 contributions
Jul 2018 • Friends
There's a brilliant typically hammy Hammer horror film 'Countess Dracula' based on stories about the infamous Countess Elizabeth Bathory who was one of the occupants of this ruined castle, perched high on a hill outside the village of Cachtice. Whether she really did bathe in the blood of captured young virgins in an attempt to rejuvenate herself is like most historical legends open to question, but we had to visit. In common with many Slovakian tourist sites the expected infrastructure is lacking and you'll need to yomp 2-3km up from the nearest carpark. Make sure you give yourself time as the ruin has defined opening hours. It is quite atmospheric and affords mahnificent views over the surrounding countryside but don't expect much help in English as there is an only partially informative sheet and one information panel once inside. An enterprising local couple have set up a little refreshment stall near the castle gate - good on them as you'll need a cold drink after the long yomp up!
Written 6 August 2018
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DanielD525
London, UK1,312 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
Giving 3 stars because of it's supposed gory history, but looks wise has seen better days and lives off its tales and secrets. We combined Cachtice and Beckov castles into a half day trip, and ideally they are only 30 minutes drive apart. Once in Cachtice vicinity, there are signs that take you to the car park. 1 eur parking fee and then its a 20 minute trek up to the castle with 15 minutes coming down.
The castle's state is a crumbling one, but not a lots of visitors here so easy to cast back on its trials and tribulations. The views are nice of Visnove and surrounding greenery. Not sure how valid the 600 females being executed\blood baths stories were, but its definitely the key selling point as the castle from exterior looks not inviting. 40 minutes maximum is all thats needed here, during which we found Beckov as the much better visit out of the 2...
Written 4 August 2018
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Ken D
Portland, OR1,270 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
For any fan of Gothic Horror, Cachtice Castle is a must see place to experience, but its often not clear from the online postings on how to get there by public transport. We took the train from Nové Mesto nad Váhom to the little village of Visnove at the base of the hill. Visnove is actually closer to the castle than Cachtice and getting dropped off in this sleepy village and being greeted by only wandering sheep helped set the mood for the visit. The trail up to the castle is behind a house in the center of the village and is not clearly marked (look at Google maps). However, climbing up the steep, unpaved trail through the forest continued to add to the experience, especially considering we didn't see another soul the entire time. Once you get up to the top of the hill, take a left where the trails intersect and soon you will be overlooking the castle. After visiting the castle, we took the main path into Cachtice with all the tourists coming and going and caught a train back up to Nove Mesto and onto Trencin, where we were staying.
Written 11 July 2018
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iceman123EastSussex
East Sussex543 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
After a hairy drive up to the castle, we found it was closed and boarded up. The views made up for it.
Written 31 May 2018
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