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Kezmarok Castle in the High Tatras
Poprad and surrounding
Castles, Fortresses, Towers,  Museums, Galleries, Exhibitions
Castles, Fortresses, Towers, 
Museums, Galleries, Exhibitions

Kezmarok Castle is one of more than 170 preserved castles in Slovakia, located in the High Tatras in the northeast of the country. Unlike its counterparts, it is not located on a hilltop. It stands on the outskirts of the small town of Kezmarok.

The nearest major city, Poprad, with its international airport, is just 20 km away. Thus, the sight is easy to reach. Besides, it is an ideal place for tourists to combine an interesting tour of the medieval castle with a vacation in a ski resort.

The first written mention of the castle dates back to the middle of the 15th century. Since then, the monumental structure has undergone many events: it was destroyed several times, and almost ruined by fire. Over time, it was nevertheless restored, but part of the castle is still undergoing a long reconstruction.

The castle is decorated with a tall chapel with stucco and frescoes in the early Baroque style.

The original name of the castle and its meaning are still hotly debated. Scientists already have more than 200 different versions. So the residents of Slovakia can choose the one that they like best. The most common hypothesis is that the name of the town "Kesmarok" (Kezmarok) came from the merger of the German words Kase and Markt.

Today, the castle houses several exhibition halls with recreated interiors and ancient exhibits. For example, one of the most popular halls displays original furnishings from the Kezmarok Town Hall, including the sumptuous chair of the mayor, the ballot box, and the oath crucifix.

The entrance to the castle is in a massive defensive tower. Then visitors enter a small courtyard and climb a spiral staircase to the second floor.

The castle is open from June to October but has limited entry. For a group excursion up to 1 hour long, you must register in advance, and no more than 4 people are allowed inside. The entrance fee is 5 euros. By the way, you can visit the attraction without leaving your home using a virtual 3D tour on the castle's website.

Address: Hradné námestie Kežmarok

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