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“Very unique place”
Review of Lubovna Castle

Lubovna Castle
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
New York City, New York
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Very unique place”
Reviewed September 22, 2013

The castle Stara Lubovna is well preserved. The restoration has been very well done. It's impressive structure with a lot of history. The view from a tower is spectacular. Below the castle is a "Skanzem" with actual wooden houses, schoolhouse, wooden church and work building. This village creates the model of actual life of the villagers at that period of time. The exhibits are provided in several languages including English.

Visited October 2012
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Date | Rating
  • Czech first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Hungarian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Polish first
  • Russian first
  • Slovak first
  • Any
English first
Moneta, Virginia
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73 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Do not miss this!”
Reviewed September 9, 2013

In Stara Lubovna you can see how 3 classes of people once lived, all in close proximity to one another. Nobles occupied this castle until 1945. Its impressive structure, location and history should not be missed. Restoration has been very well done and explanations of the exhibits are provided in several languages including English. Our guide gave explanations in both Slovak and English. There was also an impressive demonstration of falconry. The view of the surrounding countryside is amazing. You immediately understand why this place was chosen for a fortification.
Below the castle is a “Skanzen” where actual 100 year old buildings have been relocated from villages to create a model of life at that time. It includes a wooden church, homes and work buildings and a schoolhouse. In the town is a museum in a “Burger’s House” where you can see the life of the middle class. The guide there was very enthusiastic about her subject and spoke excellent English.
We have toured castles throughout Europe. This one is unique.

Visited August 2013
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Eance, France
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45 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Superb castle, with an excellent guide.”
Reviewed August 18, 2013

A fantastic place to visit, cheap to get in, a full morning or afternoon for your money. Good historical anecdotes all over the castle in English for me and French for my girlfriend.
This castle had gone to ruin after WW2 when the last owners moved out, it had squatters inside and was falling down until an EU funded project costing over 1 million euro's was launched to restore it. The work is still ongoing in places, but the work done has truly made this a place to visit.
Its easy to find, its signposted from the main road (I speak no Slovakian and found it with no problems at all) there are guides that speak English and the whole visit is structured by following the well laid out plan that you are given on arrival.
Our visit coincided with a falcon display that lasted about half an hour, I am led to believe there are other displays of varying types during the day.
In all honesty I would have to say the castle isnt ideal for someone in a wheelchair or who has difficulty walking, but there aren't many castles that could be adapted I wouldnt have thought.
Really enjoyed spending over three hours wandering round, and the view from the top of the tower is impressive.

Visited August 2013
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Prague, Czech Republic
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16 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“fantastic”
Reviewed August 16, 2013

Very well preserved ruins, some gothic and renaissance parts of the castle very excelent. They also had some interesting stuff and the lady who was our tour guide was very nice and knew a lot of things about the castle. She answered all our additional questions. There was also an amazing free falconers presentation. Couldn´t wish for more.

Visited August 2013
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Nice castle”
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Good view on the castle, nice stuff that is shown, all explanations also in English, very low price, easy to get there by car.

Visited July 2013
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