Čachtice Castle Festival

Location: Trenčiansky kraj, okres Nové Mesto nad Váhom, Čachtice

GPS: N48°43'30'' E17°45'39''

Venue: Čachtice Castle

Date: 6/16/2018

Event type: gastronomic event, exhibition, historic event, event for children, event for youth, TIP

Another eventful summer season at Čachtice Castle continues with commemoration of re-opening of the castle fours years ago. A two-year general reconstruction finished in 2014, 400 years after sadly known Blood Countess Elisabeth Báthory died at the castle.

Fans of castles, history and entertainment can enjoy archery, take a seat in Jack O' Lantern's Tea House or listen to the lovely music performed by an extraordinary musician known as Maok. The delicious fruit wines provided by fruiterer from Skalica, hot Royal Chocolate, caramelized nuts, cakes and other various goodies as well as fine coffee and tea will please your taste buds. Coming from the Dungeons of Čachtice, Elisabeth Báthory herself will perhaps also appear.

Come over to celebrate the 4th anniversary of the re-opening of the castle. Find a way to Čachtice, a place full of stories, heritage and traditions. Enjoy the all-day programme this Saturday will offer until midnight and have a nice time with your family and friends in beautiful surroundings.

The wealthiest and most powerful women of her time in the Kingdon of Hungary, the “Čachtice Lady” was a member of the noble House of Báthory who were princes of Transylvania, one of the most powerful Protestant families in this part of Europe. Báthory by birth, Elizabeth married Count Ferenc Nádasdy, a famous military commander in fights against the Ottoman Turks called the Black Knight of Hungary for his bravery, great courage, but also extreme cruelty and much respected also in the Ottoman army. After the death of a popular soldier who would go on to lead the armies of Hungary against Ottoman forces threatening Central Europe, his wife became the largest estates owner in country at the time. She is considered to be the world's worst female serial killer bacause of punishing and torturing of innocent girls as well as murdering them. The number of victims vary from dozens to over 650. A legend has it the Palatine Thurzo caught Báthory in the act. Being so influental, she was kept from facing trial. Elisabeth Báthory was imprisoned for life in the Čachtice Castle for her crimes. She had lived isolated on the castle until her death in 1614.

Infamous Čachtice Bloody Lady is still present in the area. In Čachtice, a larger than life-size wooden statue of the Countess is located on the main square of the village. A copy of the dress of Elisabeth Báthory made later by hands according to her preserved and also most known portrait can be seen in Draskovich Mansion. Also, red wine from Čachtice produced by local Agricultural Cooperative Farm is named after Elizabeth. If you dare, try the unique Báthory's Blood.

Web: The Čachtice Castle