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Desolate castle

Ruins above Zvolen

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Desolate castle
Inserted: 10.05.2018
Author: Marian Gabor © gigaplaces.com

The ruins of Pustý hrad are located on a 572 m high hill above the confluence of the Hron and Slatina rivers. The castle complex consists of two parts of the Lower and Upper Castle. With a total area of 7.6 hectares, it is one of the largest castles in the world. The first settlement on the castle dates back to the Bronze Age. The castle experienced its greatest expansion during the Mongol invasions, when most of the fortifications were built. The castle was burned down by Ján Huňady in 1451. During the Turkish invasions, a wreck was built on the site of the castle.

Ascent to the castle

The road to the castle leads through beautiful beech forests with a view of the Hron valley. The ascent to the Upper Castle takes about an hour.

Ascent to the castle
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View from the Lower Castle

Beautiful view from the remains of the Lower Castle rampart to the town of Zvolen and the surrounding area.

View from the Lower Castle
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Lower castle

The ruins of the Lower Castle in the background with the hill on which the ruins of the Upper Castle are located.

Lower castle
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Upper castle

View of the only partially preserved building in the Upper Castle. In the background you can see the Štiavnica hills.

Upper castle
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View of the Štiavnica hills

View of the Štiavnica hills together with part of the town of Zvolen.

View of the Štiavnica hills
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The lower part of the Upper Castle

The lower part of the Upper Castle brings beautiful views of the surrounding Zvolen basin with the dominant town of Zvolen and in the background with Sliač and Banská Bystrica. In the left side there are Kremnické vrchy and in the background the Low Tatras.

The lower part of the Upper Castle
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Dolina Hrona

View of the Hron valley, which cuts between the Štiavnica and Kremnica hills.

Dolina Hrona
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