Orava Castle, Oravsky Podzamok

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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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  • Very beautiful castle on top of a rock. Picturesque views and very well maintained even inside. One of the best castles in Slovakia and must visit castle for history lovers.  more »
  • Spectacular views and a lovely castle. Spent the day here and was very impressed. Lots to learn about and plenty to see. Great day out.  more »
  • Special castle, we were surprised, hoe structured it is. The oldest part, that used as barracks is at the top of rocky mountains, newer parts including fortification are lower, that means a lot of...  more »
  • We loved this castle, but skip it if you do not like stairs. Two cash registers with long line ups had very friendly staff. Small washroom was next to the cash register. There are three types of tours you can pick from: 70 minutes, 115 and 180 min tour. See price list. We picked the longest tour and we paid 10 Euro for adult ticket, 5 for child 7-15 year old and 5 Euro for senior over 60 years old. If you want to take photos you have to pay additional 3 Euro and 5 Euro if you want to use camera. The tickets are sold for a tour at specific time. We had to wait for our tour two hours so we visited near by coffee shop. About 15 min before the tour, you need to walk up a steep hill to the castle gate. Group tours start every 10 min so you have to make sure that you are at the gate at the right time. You will not be allowed to join another group tour.
  • We actually helped the guide as she only knew English, most of our tour group, did not, so one can say we were tour guides for the day as well. Other wise very nice. As well the ticket buying process could be smoother if they installed like a self serve thing.
  • This castle is propably the best in Slovakia a there is also a LOT of people to see it during high season. Castle alone is great, a lot of stairs, great views but if you can go here out of high season.
  • If your are taking the full tour make sure to have an English speaking guide because there is so much to see. Prepare a day to tour the castle and good walking shoes as you have to tackle 759 steps in various stairways in the castle grounds. Lots of history
  • One of the well preserved castle. Great piece of history. Main tour is fine for kids as well. We took 2y old son and he did... 2 hours spent very well...

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