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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. To visit Orava Castle on your trip to Oravsky Podzamok, use our Oravsky Podzamok vacation generator.
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  • Castle seems out of a fairy tale, the tour around is really interesting, a lot to see and the guide did a really good job as she did parts of it in English. I visited near the end of the day and it wa...  more »
  • This castle is surprising and most interesting since it has never been concurred nor destroyed, except for a fire that has harmed it, but has been fully restored. The guided tour which is mandatory if...  more »
  • I've seen all of the most popular castles in Slovakia and this is my personal favorite. The tour is also nice but even if the castle isn't opened when you go to see it, it's still worth going. A very ...  more »
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  • Huge queues! Other than that place looks awesome from the outside. There is information in English.
  • Haven't been inside but from outside has an amazing impact, built on top of a rock with the river on the side, makes a beautiful scenery and postcard photos
  • a must see, if you're around. beautiful piece of the Slovak history. very nice staff, knew their thing. not very expensive, beautiful view from above.
  • 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.
  • Apparently the best time to visit is May/June. On our tour there was a bit of renovation still ongoing which meant not all areas were open. The tour is in Slovak with a bit of Polish. Be sure to download the free Audioguide App when buying your ticket. Don't forget to also download the audio tracks before you leave the WiFi hotspot. I ended up just reading along in the app rather than listening to the audio track. Be sure to dress warmly if visiting in winter. There is no heating.

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