Bojnice Castle is a medieval Romantic castle in Slovakia. It is one of the most visited castles of Slovakia and a popular filming location for fantasy movies such as Fantaghiro. The International Festival of Ghosts and Spirits as well as the Summer Music Festivals are hosted here every year, adding up to the castle’s popularity. Today, the castle acts as a museum specializing in the documentation and preservation of architectural neo-styles.
The castle is surrounded by a park that contains the Bojnice Zoo and continues into the Strážov Stmountains, becoming a forest.
The castle was first built as a wooden fort and its first owner was Matthew III Csák in 1302 and it was passed on to different people as the time went by. Among the castle’s owners were the Thurzós, one of the richest family in the Kingdom of Hungary, who turned the fortress into a castle.
The castle’s construction was finished by the Pálffy family and Count János Ferenc Pálffy, the last owner from the family ordered a reconstruction that took place from 1888 until 1910, creating the gorgeous castle we can see today. Pálffy was a collector of antiques, drawings, paintings, sculptures and his love for art and good taste show on the castle as he was the architect himself. The caslte was devastated by a fire in 1950 but was rebuilt by the government into its original state.