Easter at Čachtice Castle

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

GPS: N48°43'30'' E17°45'39''

Venue: Čachtice

Date: 3/30/2018 - 4/2/2018

Event type: theatre festival, gastronomic event, market, Easter, exhibition, TOP Event, historic event, event for children, event for youth, workshop

Opening its gates for all lovers of castles, history, traditions, tales and legends, Čachtice Castle will welcome the Easter in its full splendour. The village of Čachtice, famous especially for sadly known Blood Countess Elisabeth Báthory, prepared attractive and manifold programme to welcome the very favourite spring holidays. The turn of the months March and April will therefore be dedicated to joyfull celebrations.

Decorated eggs symbolising new life is something you can try to produce at workshops. Or you can join the quest and seek for treasure or join the longest whip competition. But a lot more waits in Čachtice for anyone during fours days of various activities for the whole family. Anyway, how many ribbons can you collect?

Children will certainly enjoy farm animals and historical handicraft fair with archery, crossbow shooting, coinage, caligraphic graphics and greffier's works as well as exhibition of historical armour, weaponry and arrows will definitely please all. Three times a day a theatrical performace about Elisabeth Báthory's Easter bathing will also be presented. You can have a look at the hygienic habits of the Blood Countess at 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Lovely fruit candy, fantastic jams, quail eggs and other goodies provided by local farm will please your taste buds. Also, do not hesitate to try delicious fruit wine "Summer Breeze" that will be dosed here. This apple and mint wine will not be the only one to degust, many others will be available as well. No worries, if you would feel cold, hot tea or wine will warm you up.

Make your way to Čachtice, a place full of stories, heritage and traditions. Enjoy the four-day programme this Easter event will offer 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 baceause 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