Budatín Castle tower


in short

Budatin castle is a part of Žilina’s historical and architectural heritage. The origin of the castle is dated to the middle of the 13th century. It is placed to the planarity terrain, which is relatively unstandard according to common practice – to built castles and defensive fortifications on uplands. However, selection of site for the position of the castle is not completely random, due to the most significant roads, which led from Liptov region and Turiec region to Trenčín, and from Žilina to Silesia.
Budatin Castle
© Anna Kucharčíková
Logo: Budatín Castle tower

Budatín Castle tower

in detail

Budatin Castle became the permanent residence of several exhibitions. These include ancient archaeological findings from the north-western territories of Slovakia, Burghers’ exhibition of domestic interiors, wire crafts art exhibition and a special collection of 18th and 19th century art. The wire crafts art collection is unique, it is one of a kind in presenting Slovak art.

We know the original historic character of the castle and its subsequent rebuildings thanks to the realized archaeological and building researches. The oldest part of modern castle is a round tower, which originally formed the entire castle. It was surrounded by a low external wall and enclosed with a moat, over which probably led the drawbridge. Budatín castle is one of the few water castles in Slovakia. As we can see in the St. Florian picture, moat was certainly part of the castle in 18th century. The original gothic tower is built on low reef, which is supplemented by artificial mound, which is called “motte”. It is interesting that the tower had approximately its current height already in the early periods. Several floors served as living rooms. The entrance was solved by external wooden staircase, which stood up to the level of the second floor for the higher defensibility of the castle. The possible alternative to the staircase were wooden ladders.

Budatín Castle tower became the seat of the Regional Museum in Žilina, the predecessor of the Museum of Považie Region in Žilina, in 1953. Since then, it has been constantly inseparable part of the museum exposition. 

There was created new observational space by raising the space between castellated wall and roof, so if the visibility is good, we could see unique views to all cardinals. There is a majestic mountain range Malá Fatra on the East and view of whole Žilina city on the South-western part. You can also see near Lietava Castle on the south and valley of historical route of Považie region on the West. On the North, there is Kysuce region, through which led the Silesian route.

Budatín castle is under the administration of Museum of Považie Region in Žilina, which administred also the Strečno Castle with Middle Ages village Paseka, Wedding Pallace in Bytča, the Folk oachitecture objects in Čičmany, exposition Jánošík and Terchová in Terchová and new Museum of Transport in Rajecké Teplice.
Hrad Budatín
Entry to the parc is free Museum: Adults 3 € | Students, Pensions and people with disabilities 1,50 € | Children under 6 years Free
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Visitor entrance

Budatin Castle
Topoľová 1
010 03 Žilina
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Opening Times

09:00 - 01:00
09:00 - 17:00
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09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
Opening Hours
To the Museum exhibition:
1st October – 30th April, Tuesday – Sunday 9am – 4pm (Last admission 3:30pm)
1st May – 30th September, Tuesday – Sunday 9am – 5pm (Last admission 4:30pm)

To the Park:
1st October – 30th April, Monday – Sunday 7am – 6pm
1st May – 30th September, Monday – Sunday 6am – 10pm

Permanent exhibitions are opened except:
CLOSED: On Mondays and during National holidays (18. 4. 2014, 24. 12. 2014, 25. 12. 2014, 26. 12. 2014, 1. 1. 2015, 6. 1. 2015)

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