Beckov castle
Beckov castle
4.5
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Attenzione Attrazione
Florence, Italy160 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Relatively easy to find, just follow the road sign for Beckov.
Ticket price is 4.5 EUR per person.
Parking is free 250m from the Castle.
We visited in late May 2022., and the bigger part was under renovation, so wait maybe a couple of weeks for the full experience.
The view is amazing from the top.
Written May 16, 2022
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Sydney2019
Sydney, Australia21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Couples
Part ruins, part renovated old Beckov Castle is a interesting place to visit, the visit is short and cheap. The Turks could not take it, because was completely build of rocks, they had no chance to burn it from outside.
Recommending.
Written June 14, 2014
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PSmici
Bratislava, Slovakia4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Definitely worth visiting! Great for kids with fun activities. Beautiful views of the surrounding country.
Written May 9, 2015
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AgataM
Krakow, Poland26 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
We stopped there spontaneously on our way back to Poland. No much expectations, however, castle looked very impressive from the outside. Price - 5 euros, possibility of paying by card. At the entry we got 2 materials in English. Although there were many people, we had a small walk inside. However, the most horrifying thing we discovered at the end while exploring the main yard. There was 'exhibition' of owls and eagles which were ropped to sticks located in the ground. They had water next to them but they were in the full sun with 31 degrees! I got shocked the moment I saw that eagle wanted to fly and he fell down on the ground because the rope had maybe 30 cm. One owl was making a lot of noice. This was pure suffering of these animals. There were also pigs, goats and chickens but at least they were in the shadow. We left immediately with horrible feeling that we contributed to animal's suffering by buying tickets. I just hope that it was one off as it was an organized scout day. However, I have just noticed a comment from one year ago when the same situation took place. It is XXI century and these people should be punished !!!!
Written August 25, 2019
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It was not an „exhibition“, it was a falconer´s post. These posts were common at castles from early middle-age to the end of feudal era. The birds of prey were trained for hunting. Beckov castle wants to show to visitors ways of medieval life and because of that we have here falconers. And we are not the only – falconers are common at majority of castles at Slovakia, and also in another countries. About the sticks – these sittings are used, because it is more humane for birds than putting them to a cage, where birds would damage their feathers and won´t be able to fly. Raptors are bound to them and their legs are used, because they are sturdiest bodypart of the body and birds are trained to wear this straps, called jesses, from young age. And birds are flying numerous times every day, as a part of performance, or just for flying itself. Birds spend only about 2 hours of the day at direct sunlight – moving shaddow lefts them at about 12:30 and second arrives about 14:30. For birds of prey, it is not a problem. In wilderness, they have nests at top of rocks, cliffs and trees, where is no shaddow at all. Wild birds are not trying to spend time at a shaddow even in very hot days – they are sunbathing, because that grants them D-vitamine, crucial for their survival. And at falconer´s post, falconers gently pours water over them at very hot days to cool them down. The noisy owl was the barn owl (Tyto alba). If this spieces if raised by humans, all-day shrieking is natural for them. Ti is called imprinting – owls considers falconers, that raised them, as parents and is trying to grab their attention. Some of them shieks even while sleeping. About other animals, they are representing the farmyard, that was part of any castle in middle-ages. Animals are not closed in pen whole day, only through opening hours of castle – for their own safety. They can roam freely and feed of grass at castle before opening and after closing. Falconry is the art with 4500 year tradition. In 2010 was inscribed on a Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, with all of its methods and techniques of training and taking care of birds of prey. These methods are internationaly aproved and they are regurarly controled and in the case of violation of regulations, there are severe punishments. It is sad, that the art of falconry, which is unsepparable part of cultural history of humanity, is judged by some people, because they don´t know anything about it. In XXI. century, when majority of informations is achievable through a single click. Nejednalo sa o „výstavu“ dravých vtákov, ale o sokoliareň. Sokoliarne boli na hradoch bežným zjavom od raného stredoveku až do konca feudálneho obdobia. Drvavce boli trénované na lov. Keďže hrad Beckov sa snaží priblížiť návštevníkom stredoveký spôsob života, máme tu aj sokoliarov, pričom nie sme jediní – sokoliari sú bežnou súčasťou väčšiny hradov na Slovensku, a nielen tu. Čo sa týka umiestnenia dravcov na posedy, je to oveľa humánnejšie ako umiestnenie v klietke, kde si vtáky poškodia citlivé perie a už nebudú schopné lietať. Za nohy sa uväzujú z toho dôvodu, že je to najsilnejšia časť ich tela a dravce sú odmalička trénované, aby boli na kožené remienky zvyknuté. Navyše, s vtákmi sa každý deň niekoľkokrát lieta, či už vrámci vystúpení, alebo len kvôli pohybu. Na slnku dravce strávia denne len okolo 2 hodín – putujúci tieň ich opustí okolo 12:30 a druhý ich dosiahne okolo 14:30. Pre vtáky to nepredstavuje žiadny problém, práve naopak. V divej prírode hniezdia na skalách, útesoch či vrcholoch stromov, kde žiadny tieň nie je. Divoké jedince dokonca ani v horúčavách nevyhľadávajú tieň, ale slnia sa, pretože tým získavajú životne dôležitý vitamín D. Navyše, v sokoliarni sa počas veľkých horúčav pravidelne ovlažujú – sokoliari na nich jemne striekajú vodu z hadice. Takisto pitná voda sa im mení niekoľkokrát denne. Sova, ktorá robila hluk, bola plamienka driemavá. Pokiaľ je tento druh odchovaný v zajatí, celodenné škriekanie je jeho prirodzeným správaním. Hovorí sa tomu imprinting – sova sa naviaže na sokoliarov, ktorí ju vychovali, ako na rodičov, a neustále púta ich pozornosť. Existujú jedince, ktoré dokonca škriekajú aj počas spánku. Čo sa týka ostatných zvierat, ktoré sú na hrade, predstavujú zobrazenie hospodárskeho dvora, ktorý sa tiež vždy na stredovekom hrade nachádzal. Zvieratá sú v ohradách zatvorené len počas otváracích hodín, najmä pre ich vlastnú bezpečnosť. Pred otvorením a po zatvorení hradu sa púšťajú, aby sa prebehli a napásli. Sokliarstvo je umenie s 4500-ročnou tradíciou. V roku 2010 bolo dokonca zaradené do zoznamu svetového kultúrneho dedičstva UNESCO, so všetkými jeho postupmi a technikami tréningu a starania sa o dravcov. Tieto postupy boli preverené medzinárodnou komisiou a sú pravidelne kontrolované a v prípade porušenia pravidiel prísne trestané. Je smutné, že umenie sokoliarstva, ktoré je neoddeliteľnou súčasťou kultúrnej histórie ľudstva, ľudia odsudzujú, pretože o ňom nič nevedia. V XXI. storočí, dobe informatívnej, kedy človeka delí len jeden klik od nájdenia potrebných informácií.
Written August 27, 2019
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Andreas T
Thessaloniki, Greece8 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Friends
The castle itself looks nice from the outside & has a nice view to the valley. I consider the 5eur entrance too much since inside it's empty. It was really sad to see birds in captivity and even more sad to see management's argument to a comment of another traveller somewhere in the reviews saying that all recent techniques are used & the purpose is to show how people were living back then. So, If slavery existed back then, would this justify presenting it live for educational purpose???

I am also not aware as a traveller about that era and many others are the same I guess. It's your responsibility to enlighten us.

Anyway, big disappointment.
Written August 31, 2019
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Good day, admission to the castle is 5 € on weekends when the program is in progress. During the week we have 4 € entrance fee. I think that we discussed the issue of falconry in a previous review, so I will not go back to that. Slavery in this connection is a bit of a strong word and it is certainly not in our interest to present something. Then you could call the slaver a man who leads his dog on a leash and does not allow him to move freely. Similarly, all hop animals and the like. It may be a pity that both falconry performances as well as animal descriptions and individual lectures are in Slovak. However, this would probably not change your mind. There are various programs in the castle during the weekend. At the same time exhibitions (Ladislav Medňanský - paintings for example) and two small exhibitions of archeology. The truth is that most of these exhibits and descriptions are only in the Slovak language and so the foreign-language visitor will learn in English only the history of the castle and the description of individual objects. We will therefore have to translate all our activities into English at least. Not just the basic offer.
Written September 1, 2019
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Andy G
Livingston, UK1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
We visited this castle yesterday. Whilst it was quite interesting, the conditions they keep the birds of prey and other creatures was disgusting. The birds are in hot sun without shelter and nothing to drink. It was 33 degrees and it was obvious they were struggling. Chickens and ducks in a pen, no shelter, no food, water full of mess. Piglets in the same condition. Birds in a hut with no foliage, a few perches, dirty water. And worst of all near the well, a ferret and a polecat in 2 separate huts with absolute nothing except a pool of dirty water. No food, nothing to do, no bedding - a solitary confinement prison. You ought to be ashamed of yourself as it does not take much to make their environment more comfortable. The slovakian tourist board or the animal welfare department should close this place down. Disgraceful
Written August 18, 2018
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aiholm
London, UK94 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Family
An amazing old castle ruin full of corridors, staircases and rooms to explore! They have set up audiovisual demonstrations of dragons in some of the dungeons, which has a very cool and memorable effect! There are also cafes, souvenir stores and toilets in the castle inner yard.

We had a bit of a hassle when we arrived as the people in the ticket sales were busy preparing for a special event at the castle, and we, as confused tourists who didn't understand Slovak language, mistook their inattentiveness as "oh, the castle has a free entry!" and just boldly walked in. The staff probably noticed this but were too nice and kind to run after us... We noticed our mistake only later and paid the tickets when leaving the castle......(so, for a bit dumb people like ourselves: it is NOT free!)
Written June 24, 2018
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Slyvaa
Vilnius, Lithuania25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Friends
Sadly we arrived after working hours of the castle but nevertheless it was impressive. We took a short walk nearby the castle and it left us amazed by its greatness and architecture. I believe if you arrive when it is open to visitors it is even more interesting.
Written July 4, 2017
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katkuta123
Bratislava, Slovakia39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Friends
mediaeval fortress ruins, good indication from the main road. Parking in the local village, CCA 10 min walk.
Possible guided tours, but not necessary.
Written April 25, 2017
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Nikoleta H
Aalborg, Denmark90 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015
Beckov is really one of the castles you must visit. Majestic construction with beautiful legends and views. There is a free library of used books too, if you want to read them or just take them or import som of yours, you can. I love the castle very much, was there several times.
Written August 29, 2016
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