The Advent is here, a time has come. Opening its gates for all lovers of castles, history, traditions, tales and legends, Čachtice Castle will welcome the Christmastime 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 most favourite holidays of the year. The turn of the months November and December
will therefore be dedicated to joyfull celebrations.
Great atmosphere will take all over. Sweet rewards or hot Royal Chocolate will please your taste buds
. No worries, if you would feel cold, hot tea, coffee or mulled wine will warm you up.
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.
The Čachtice Castle