"the magical castle" Oravsky Podzamok by GentleSpirit

Oravsky Podzamok Travel Guide: 85 reviews and 156 photos

A beautiful castle

Orava is recognized as one of the more beautiful castles in Slovakia. As castles go it is not in the same league as residential castles like Bojnice, in the sense that it is not as luxuriously decorated. That shouldn't deter you from going, its a beautiful castle. Inside you can appreciate the different stages of life this castle has gone through, as well as the multitude of changes of ownership.

Like most of the major castles in Slovakia you will find plenty to do if you are there at the right time of year. You can find demonstrations of falconry, music of the period, and lots of historical presentations.

The castle is an imposing sight, carved into the rock it has been around since the Tatar Invasion of 1241. Gradually, it went from being a wooden fortress to stone foundations. By 1370 Orava Castle was the seat of power in the entire Orava region.

More than anything else this castle was essential because of its location, on a river and near the traditional border with Poland. Therefore, the chief function of this castle was defense, to protect the trade routes, to protect the local populace from invasion and to safeguard the borderlands.

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  • Last visit to Oravsky Podzamok: Sep 2011
  • Intro Updated Aug 5, 2012
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  • briantravelman's Profile Photo
    Nov 13, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    This castle was on the top of my list of places to see in Slovakia. Unfortunately, the only view I got of it, was a brief one from our bus. I really wish I could've actually gone up to the castle, but my aunt wanted to skip it, to avoid paying the freeway toll.

    • GentleSpirit's Profile Photo
      Nov 16, 2013 at 7:01 AM

      it was definitely a wonderful castle and im glad i went out of my way to see it!

  • Regina1965's Profile Photo
    Jun 10, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Looks interesting - thanks for the virtual tour of the castle :)

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Nov 1, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    looks like another great castle I should visit some day !

    • GentleSpirit's Profile Photo
      Nov 1, 2012 at 7:14 PM

      not much if you like luxury castles, but a fine castle with superb views, still very genuine

    • globetrott's Profile Photo
      Nov 1, 2012 at 7:49 PM

      most of these castles never had much luxury inside in medieval times and it is still great to see them !

  • evaanna's Profile Photo
    Sep 26, 2012 at 4:53 AM

    I have only seen the castle from below so it was interesting for me to see your lovely pictures taken inside. The place does look imposing!

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Sep 6, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    Great looking Castle, thanks for the tour. I've had the same problem with dvds, even when I have asked if they would work!

  • katamorgana's Profile Photo
    Aug 11, 2012 at 6:05 AM

    wow, well done as usual :-)

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