Červený Kameň Castle
Červený Kameň Castle
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CarolDM1900
Montpelier, VT3,333 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Talk about old -- the original Gothic castle was built here in 1230 -- this enormous castle has "seen" so much and undergone so many changes in its nearly thousand-year history that you just have to see it "up close and personal" to believe it. And I don't mean only from the outside. Buy a ticket for the guided tour of your choice AND be sure also to buy one that will allow you to take photographs. We didn't know about the latter requirement and were already starting the tour, so we never got pictures of the interior of this extraordinary place. On the other hand, it is something we will not soon forget.

There are short tours and longer ones, in Slovak and sometimes in foreign languages (which cost more), and occasionally some specialzed tours, such as one for kids to show what life was like for the castle's children. The fees are not too bad, maybe 6 to 8 Euros for adults but these include various discounts such as those for seniors or certain card-holders, and children pay far less, just a couple of Euros; age 6 and under are admitted free. The photo tickets are also inexpensive, I think 2 Euros but don't quote me, as I never actually bought one.

A general tour here has something for everyone. Overall, it is arranged like a walk-through showing fashionable styles, trends and ways of life from the late 1600s to the first part of the 20th century. Each room, interesting or beautiful in its own way, offers a new "take" on castle life as it evolved through centuries, under different owners until the noble Hungarian family Palffy (who also have properties in Austria) took it over, massively rebuilding and refurbishing it in the 17th century and likely continuing to improve and update it periodically afterwards. The Palffy family lived here continuously until 1945.

For me, apart from the glorious fashions, fixtures and furniture in each period room, the best part was the tour of the massive cellars and support structures below the ground. Here the castle gave the appearance of being greatly overbuilt in its footings so that it would endure no matter what. I thought at the time that the below ground structure may actually be larger than the above-ground one. It had a prison, many wine cellars, kitchens and large areas for storage of necessities for daily use and to withstand sieges, an assortment of living quarters, and some very deep, dark places whose purpose I can't even imagine.

Most fascinating of all, to me, was how precisely and securely the castle was built from the bottom up, with such remarkable engineering skills, to last...almost forever, it would seem.

If you are here exploring for a while, food and drink are available, and there are souvenirs/gifts you can buy at the castle or from the vendors standing just outside the entrance with their wares. Prices asked tend to be high, though, so be prepared to bargain.

Highly recommended.
Written 2 October 2022
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juesienz
Weil Im Schoenbuch, Germany46 contributions
Jun 2021
A small nice park with benches to rest in front of the castle.
Clean.
Worth a stop and to stay a bit. You could also buy a ticket to visit the inside of the castel.
Written 25 June 2021
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Eric H
Wallersdorf, Germany74 contributions
Sep 2020
a real big castle ! it was even used for US B-movies. Alot of furniture from all ages - in best condition! fascinating
We bought the Bratislava tourist card in Bratislava - and it is also valid in Cerveny Kamen castle!
Written 13 October 2020
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Mary Jo N
Benton, AR1,168 contributions
Sep 2019
Just a short drive north of Bratislava through the lovely countryside lies the beautiful Cerveny Kamen castle. There has been a castle on the site since 1240, but the present Cerveny Kamen, meaning “red stone” in Slovak, is an imposing Renaissance fortress built to protect the huge cellar stores of wine and other wares owned by two noble families from 1537 onward. We just happened to arrive in time for an English language tour and were treated by an excellent guide who showed us the many rooms filled with 17th-19th century furnishings. The tour included viewing two different chapel areas decorated with elaborately frescoed ceilings, an armor room with a large collection of period weaponry, and the private living quarters of the former owners furnished with exquisite period pieces. There was even a replica of Michelangelo’s Madonna and Child sculpture, the famous work housed in Bruges, Belgium. Included in our tour was also a look at the cellars where the dukes who owned the castle stored the products of a massive trade network. Built into a hillside, the cellars are like a huge cavern with 20-30’ ceilings and a hand-dug well of 300 meters in depth. You can look down the well and still see the water running at the bottom. The tour takes about 75 minutes and is well worth it. If you have a Bratislava Card you get in free.
Written 26 February 2020
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Janoo0601
Bratislava, Slovakia327 contributions
Aug 2019
The castle in Small Carpathians quite close to Bratislava, easy access. Well preserved, nice expositions, huge cellars under the castle. Friendly and competent guide & staff. Nice vicinity to spend longer time - green forest, bird garden, local winery. Worth of visiting.
Written 4 February 2020
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Serena C
Cheshire, UK851 contributions
Nov 2019
I'd have given this a higher grade if there had been an English guide. We had to join the Slovakian tour but they gave us a brilliant three-page document about all the rooms we were going to see so that did the job quite well. We did the short tour as the cellars were being used - an hour tour but wrap up as it is pretty chilly! There is a nice cafe on site - cash only - and the usual souvenir shop! Impressive building with interesting pictures, portraits, furniture and a weird and wonderful "grotto" type room. Go and see as much as you can - well worth it and the grounds are pretty too..
Written 4 November 2019
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PhilipRylah
Bratislava, Slovakia233 contributions
Oct 2019
Less than an hour from Bratislava by car, with nice gardens and good views, interesting castle tour which wasn't too expensive. There's a cafe and kiosks on site, though we didn't actually go in. Ample parking, which was free. A good day out.

The thing to be aware of is you can't wander round the castle on your own but have to join a tour, so check the times online. And they only seem to be in Slovak, though provide an English script with all the details. Good idea I think to start providing tours in English, given the number of foreign tourists, and so attract more visitors.
Written 18 October 2019
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Advait Amarana B
Sheffield, UK38 contributions
Sep 2019
Amazing well preserved castle that looks really great. Was given a good english speaking tour even though I was alone. Many steps and also down into vast cellars. Set in beautiful area of gardens and other attractions.
Written 7 September 2019
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JBN1958
Highland Park, IL127 contributions
Aug 2019
The Red Castle is about 45 minutes by car from Bratislava, tucked away in the woods. As you drive up the hill and the forest clears, you find a well-preserved medieval castle. Guided tours give a good overview of the furnishings, art and weaponry on display. In addition, there is an amazing falconry demonstration a short distance outside the castle walls with a chance to see eagles, hawks and other raptors up close and in action. Overall, a fascinating journey back in time.
Written 4 September 2019
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909kat
Niskayuna, NY17 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
The "Red Castle" is located within an hour's drive from Bratislava and gives the visitor a chance to see a furnished castle. There are two tours in English on Saturday (otherwise they are exclusively in Slovak). The young man who conducted our tour was both knowledgable and spoke very good English. Don't miss the tour of the cellars. Kids will get a kick knowing that they have been used as the backdrop for several horror films (though this is NOT a torture chamber or prison or anything frightening like that). Also, across from the parking lot is a venue which does several shows a day (extra price to enter) showing off some beautiful raptors. Children especially might enjoy this show and the chance to see eagles, hawks, owls, etc. up close.
Written 27 June 2019
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