The castle possess 1729 historical items (in museum terminology – collection items) which makes 12,83 % of the total number of all collection items?
The historical library includes 14 312 books and we would need 286 m long shelf to store all the books?
The largest carpet from the museum collection has 44,12 m2 and it covers an area of the average two-rooms apartment?
In the year of our Lord 1751, a monk entered the Chapel beneath Red Stone? There were no doors even it had been standing for almost 6 years. At first, he seemed to be a simple monk – hermit. But the way he analyzed the unrendered altar was a signal that this poor God´s servant was accustomed to the higher standard. more:::.
The year 1961 was bad not only for the Burial Chapel itself but also for 13 members of the Palfi family buried inside? Sarcophagi with bodily remains placed within walls were pulled out of holes in May. Small coffin with a newborn baby was completely crushed. The other ones were broken as the offenders tried to get inside. Did they look for gold or jewellery? more:::.
Red Stone Castle should be originally situated at the different mountain of the Small Carpathians than it is today? In the 13th century Queen Konstancia had chosen a suitable area for its construction. It was the Mount Kukla, the large watcher of a valley situated in the Small Carpathians. The name of brook which flows through this area is Gidra. After digging out a basement and bringing building material very strange things started to happen. Some parts of a building already constructed in one day, were the following day replaced over the valley to the opposite mount. more:::.
A fish pond - nursery used to be at Red Stone? In 1535, both the castle and estate were purchased by the rich business family from the south-German town of Augsburg. Family members were very active in gaining a profit. Therefore, a new renaissance fortress was built in a big style at the place of gradually demolished old medieval castle. The primary goal of the family was a maximum economic independence of the estate. They established new manors, settled down dilapidated estates……built a system of fish ponds. more:::.
Welcome to Red Stone Castle, which is administered by the Slovak National Museum–Museum Red Stone Castle. Red Stone Castle specializes in the development of housing culture of the nobility and bourgeoisie in Slovakia. It is open all year except 24th, 25th, 26th December, 1st January and Mondays from 1 October to 30 April, but its activities for visitors take place especially during the season, from the 1st May to 30th September.
What Does The Museum Offer?
Explore both the Castle Front Yards (inner, outer) and the castle surroundings. From 2008 the new French park is opened and visitors can enjoy wandering around its grounds.
I. Long-guided tour
the route of a guided tour leads through twenty-four richly furnished rooms. The visitor walks through parlours, bedrooms, a dining room and a knight`s hall, where he/she can see the installment of contemporary interior furnishings of nobility since the Renaissance period until the Secession period. Onwards a guided tour will continue through the castle underground, a part of which is also a fortification system of the castle.
estimated duration of the tour is 75 minutes.
II. Short-guided tour
is in terms of content, focused on contemporary furnished castle interiors. The visitor walks through parlours, bedrooms, a dining room and a knight`s hall, where he/she can see the installment of contemporary interior furnishings of nobility since the Renaissance period until the Secession period.
estimated duration of the tour is 60 minutes.
III. Tour – Renaissance fortress
will lead you into the castle moat, vast cellars, a section of each bastion of a unique preserved castle fortification system from the 16th century and into a vine-pressing hall, where a guide will reveal who had torn the Red Stone castle down and what all happened after that.
estimated duration of the tour is 75 minutes.
IV. Tour – “What was living in a castle like?”
a tour of nineteen rooms of the south-western wing of the castle, focused mainly on a child visitor, during which you will learn how castle holders lived their day-to-day lives here in the past.
estimated duration of the tour is 45 minutes.
The bastion´s architecture from 1539 is really worth to see. There is a free access to each floor of the bastion from the castle courtyard. The information panel is placed at the entrance to the last floor and gives further information on the bastion itself as well as its “three colleagues”. Every season new exhibition takes place on the last floor.
At the entrance to the castle courtyard there is a free access to the gatehouse. The guard used to watch and guard the old wooden drawbridge later on rebuilt into the stone bridge. There is the stocks/baulk used for punishing offenders and you can try it out to see how they used to feel.
Castle mysteries sheet,
The work paper - The Castle Misterious Sheet (Hradny Zahadnik) was issued for your children. Enjoy a coffee or rest on benches while your children are solving 7 castle mysteries at the courtyard and the inner front yard.