Orava Castle, Oravsky Podzamok

One of Slovakia's most famous and popular fortresses, Orava Castle occupies a rocky crag overlooking the surrounding river valley. Though originally constructed during the 1200s, the castle underwent many reconstructions and restorations during the following centuries. You can visit the fortress, perched atop a 112 m (367 ft) high cliff, and explore its interior, which itself dates back to the 18th century. Take time to admire the castle's sturdy stone construction, with imposing walls built directly into the rock, and sheltered lower courtyard and church below. Joining the two-hour guided tour, offered in English, is the only way to enter the castle. Plan your visit to Orava Castle and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Oravsky Podzamok itinerary planner.
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  • Beautiful ancient castle which is situated in a picturesque place and well restored. Excursion an interesting, albeit in Slovak, but almost everything is clear. Lead around the Castle. Very interesting
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  • We went to the Orava Castle in January and it was a success! The winter atmosphere surrounding the castle in the middle of the mountains and forests is sensational. Good visit. The only but is at this time have no guides in English but still the Guide (in Slovak) helped us and we was translating between stop and stop
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  • Super Castle, beautiful views. Very friendly staff and guides, can communicate in English. Recommend with children:)
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  • I wanted to visit it on the way home, as a break from driving. Wasn't a great idea because it is only allowed to visit it with guide that has precise times to start the tour that lasts from 1 to 2:30 hours. From the outside it is spectacular. Sadly, from the side it looks best (the national/European road that passes by Orava) there is no possibility to stop for a photo. The next time I will take around 4 hours only for this, I think it's worth it!
  • Restored historical castle. Very good guided tours in multiple languages all throughout the day. Each tour takes about an hour. Make sure to bring good walking shoes as it's a steep climb up to the castle and there are a lot of stairs up and down on the tour. Deducting a star as you are not allowed take photos inside which was a bit disappointing.
  • Beautiful place... The castle looks amazing in and out, you most take the tour... The story of the castle is amazing!!!! 😉
  • Wonderful landmark! We had a mixed slovak/polish tour and it was definitely worth the 2 spent hours. English tours were also available and you can take photos inside for 3 Euros. Expozition was nice and the view from top is spectacular. Be prepared for steps :)
  • Nice Castle that feels more like a castle than a palace which is different then most we have visited. The tour took 1.5 hours and was fairly interesting. Only 3 English tours a day. Worth a visit.

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