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.
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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