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Orava Castle, Oravsky Podzamok

(4.5/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web)
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. To visit Orava Castle on your trip to Oravsky Podzamok, use our Oravsky Podzamok vacation generator.
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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • At this point I was also with a friend in the summer of 2016, and it was amazing. The beautiful nature and the surrounding area. But we have been waiting for a long time in the Council when it rained. But that didn't deter us:)
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  • Well preserved the castle with an interesting tourist route (note! only in tour groups, with Guide). Just we were able to visit the Castle before month renovation, the Castle every year in April is not accessible for tourists. Nice guide Interestingly spoke about the history of the Castle, well preserved exhibits, shows, in my opinion this is not a boring Castle or place. From the Castle pretty view of the surrounding area.
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  • Monumental castle on the hill in Oravský Podzámok village offers great views on the surrounding areas. Castle is really extensive, lots of thing to see and study there. The tour is restricted at the m...  more »
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  • Nice and unique castle. Unfortunately the upper parts were closed for reconstruction and our tour guide seemed to be in a hurry. If you download the audioguide app, keep in mind you then have to download each segment individually and there are over 20. Tours are in Slovakia but there are other languages on the app.
  • One of "must see" if visiting in Slovakia. Still not convinced? It's so authentic, that couple of movies were filmed there. Which movies? Visit the castle, you will find out as one exposition is dedicated to "home filmed" movies.
  • Beautiful and authentic castle. Visit website before visit to see wvents. Very crowded on weekends and long wait for the tours. ( took us 2 hours waiting)
  • The tour is nice if you are small group. I recommend the longest route.
  • Beautiful castle with interesting and rich history. Guides are also great. Worth a visit.