Orava Castle

Orava Castle


One of the greatest tourist attractions of the region is the Orava Castle (German: Arwaburg, Hungarian: Árva). Overlooking the town of Oravsky Podzamok, it is situated in northwest Slovakia.

The medieval fortress stands on a steep rocky limestone cliff rising almost vertically for 112 metres above the Orava River.


The castle was built from the middle of the 13th century to the beginning of the 17th century, but the main construction work was began in the mid of the 16th century by the Thurzo family. It took on its present appearance at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, when Count József Pálffy had it reconstructed in a romantic style.


The castle presently functions as a museum; its exhibitions show the history of the castle and the Orava region.

More photos: Orava Castle photo gallery