one of the most beautiful castles in Europe
the tour is a bit rushed
I am grateful to VT member Katamorgana who helped me choose from so many good options- this was unforgettable! Dakujem moc!
I didn't have time to see this, but it seems like it would be very interesting. A great deal of prehistoric items have been found from the Paleolithic age. Apparently archeologists consider the area around Bojnice significant in terms of Paleolithic/Neanderthal settlements. I really was not aware of this until much later, but it seems it would be...more
The Bojnice altar is a series of 10 panel paintings produced around 1350. The story was that the altar went through a series of owners. it was originally done by Nardo Di Cione in Florence. The date is significant because it is right around the time of the peak of the bubonic plague in Europe (1348-50) Apparently the Altar was in several...more
Bojnice is one of Slovakia's most famous castle. It's had many renovations over the course of history, so it doesn't look very old. Nevertheless, it is still an amazing castle with lots of history and interesting things to see inside. The castle is located in a very green, forested area. One of the first rooms you see is the colorfully painted and...more
If you are traveling with kids and they are exhausted and cranky from going through the castle without seeing any ghosts then just take them to Bojnice Zoo, which is the oldest zoo in Slovakia, dating from 1955. It is large (42 hectares, 100 acres) and was supposed to have over 300 species as of 2006. Admission is 3 euro for adults, 1.50 euro for...more
Most castles and noble residences seem to have a fairly similar decor throughout in terms of color, intricacy of decor, furnishings. Count Palffy, the last owner of Bojnice Castle was a known art collector and clearly his taste was as varied as it was exquisite. The main rooms of the castle are decorated a bit differently, you have the normal...more
Admission to Bojnice Castle is 6.50 euro for adults (half that for children under 15)Admisssion is daily, except MondaysForeign language tours have to be ordered 2 days in advance and must have a minimum of 10 persons. (My guide translated from Slovak for me, I'm sure i missed some things but I got the most important stuff)Tours last 75 minutes. I...more
I can't believe that this beautiful town is all the way down at #17 of places to visit in Slovakia. I enjoyed a wonderful two days here in May and it was very memorable. The castle here is one of the most interesting to tour. Interestingly, as the tour was winding down (unfortunately not in English) and I thought we were all done, the tour leader...more
Town also offers the oldest ZOO in the state and one of the most romantic castles - Bojnice castle with attractive events like International Festival of Ghost and Spirits, Castle Fairytale, Knights Days, Christmas at the Castle or concerts of Summer Music Festival.Bojnice gives you lot of possibilities how to spend your free time during the whole...more
Bojnice castle is a national cultural monument. It is the most beautiful historical and cultural monument in Slovakia. At the end of the 13th century Bojnice was seized by the magnate Matus Cak Trenciansky then the ownership of the fortress changed hands between the noble families of Gileth, Leustach and Noffry. In 1489 King Matej Korvin presented...more
I just had to include this photo as an example of the ornate design in some of the Castle's rooms. Different rooms are done in different motif's. Some of the bedrooms appear to be wallpapered but it turns out they were all hand-painted. The spiral staircase rises several floors and is cool for the kids, are the chapel and the crypt down in the...more
I go there with my colleagues almost once a month. The staff is very polite and quite fast. One can choose various kinds of meal. We are usually 8-10 persons and each of us was always satisfied and well fed up :-)
Favorite Dish: My fauvorite is Salomon with brocoli or with cream - herbs sauce and Tiramisu as dessert. Also dessert "Hot raspbery" is appetizing.
There are many bars and pubs where you can enjoy the nightlife in Bojnice. All of them are located on Hurbanovo square. You might find it difficult to find a free table as many young people start their night there. Some fav places are: Square - restaurant, bar; U Princa - discotheque, Extaza - tiny disco club, Muzika - restaurant, bar; Varadero - coctail bar; Woodstock - cozy irish bar. Enjoy!!!
Dress Code: There is no dress code but some people may stare at you if you are too extravagant.
The place has a nice terrace outside, but inside looks like an imitation of a strip joint, very sleazy.
The waiter there is one of the rudest individuals I have ever experienced. He seemed most interested in serving his drunk, loud and obnoxious friends what appeared to be free wine from the bar, completely ignoring the other guests.
The wine list looked quite interesting but I don't want to wait 15 minutes to be served in a half empty bar!
Unique Suggestions: Sit outside, at least if you dont get served you can enjoy the sun
Fun Alternatives: Go to Rija Coffee Shop next door, you will find a much better atmosphere and staff
Bojnice Castle hosts a Festival every year - the International Festival of Ghosts and Spirits.There is a legend connected with the castle, oh which i have heard several versions in varying detail.Generally, the knight that owned the castle was a good man and a brave warrior. The evil plotters accused his beautiful wife of infidelity while the...more
These stories can be fascinating, though you have to wonder if they are just flights of fancy or a creative mind. There have been tales of a night watchman at the castle seeing the apparition of a guard dog or other tales that a gilded angel's head has been seen spinning on the ceiling of one of the rooms of the castle. Not surprisingly, this has...more
When I visit castles or other residences of the sort I bear in mind that not all the furnishing are original. Due to a large number of fires, for example, a lot of castles do not have original furnishings. Secondly, I try to pay attention to the time the owner lived in. A castle whose primary purpose is defensive is going to have much different...more