Date updated: 02/26/2023
Budatín Castle (Budatínský hrad) is situated on the northern edge of the town, at the confluence of the rivers Váh and Kysuca. It was built in the 13th century and is reminded of it by the surviving central tower. For a long time the castle belonged to the Hungarian crown, until it was taken over by the uncrowned King of West and Central Slovakia Matúš Čák. The castle was then passed from one noble Slovak family to another until it was handed over to the state in 1945.
The chateau in Budatín has experienced virtually every architectural trend: Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Classicist. Therefore it is difficult even for specialists to define the final style, a peculiar mixture of styles and eras. Inside now a museum, where you can see the chest in which the treasure was found, mammoth bones, objects of noble life, executioner's swords and many other interesting things. From the observation deck, tourists can enjoy views of the surrounding area.