Slovakia is a country full of stunning historic castles perched high up on hills, with beautifully restored interiors and jaw-dropping panoramic views. Old royal residences now serve as luxury hotels, restaurants with gorgeous events spaces and full time wedding venues. If you’re interested in a destination wedding, one of these fairytale castles in Slovakia might be perfect for you.
Weddings held in the majestic Golden Hall of the Bojnice Castle will linger in guests’ minds for years to come. The Golden Hall is a small, intimate space for weddings with a maximum capacity of 60 standing guests. The golden ceiling with carved angels provides the perfect canopy for the lucky couple who weds in this fairytale castle. Bojnice Castle also offers weddings in other beautiful rooms; including the larger Hunady Hall and the Columns Hall. There is also the possibility to organize an outdoor wedding with the picturesque castle as a backdrop, or to have an outdoor reception with a tent. Bojnice is one of Slovakia’s most popular castles for tourists to visit and for weddings, so the events team really knows how to help each couple create a memorable day.
Zámok a okolie 1, 972 01 Bojnice, Slovakia +421 46/543 06 33
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Château Béla was restored to its former splendor in 2007, and now operates as a luxury five star hotel and vineyards. The hotel was voted as the Best Romantic Hotel of Europe in 2013. You can offer wine from the Chateau’s own vineyards during your special day, and an outdoor reception in the hotel’s romantic gardens is a popular choice during warmer months. The Roman Catholic Church dating back to 1780 on the Chateau’s grounds is a great option for many couples wanting a religious ceremony. The Chateau is conveniently located about an hour and a half away from both Bratislava and Budapest international airports.
Belá 1951/1, 911 01 Trenčín, Slovakia +421 36/757 76 00
The castle at Viglas sat in ruins for many years, before it was restored in 2013 and opened as The Grand Viglas Hotel, a luxurious four star hotel with many amenities which make it an ideal wedding destination. The Restaurant AnjouCourt features a hand-painted ceiling, a grandiose fireplace, and gourmet food served by candlelight. AnjouCourt can seat about 100 guests, but if you are planning a larger celebration, the castle’s spacious inner courtyard can accommodate up to 200 guests! After dancing and drinking all night, your guests can stay in one of the 55 guest rooms at the hotel.
Vígľaš 602, 962 02 Vígľaš, Slovakia +421 904 994 499
Cerveny Kamen was originally a royal residence during the 13th century, then several noble families took ownership of the estate until 1945, when the castle was designated as a national cultural monument. The “Red Stone Castle” now serves as a branch of the Slovak National Museum dedicated to the development of housing culture of the nobility and bourgeoisie in Slovakia. Guided tours are offered year round, but there is also the possibility to rent various spaces in the castle for a special wedding day. The impressive size of the castle and regal appearance makes it a lovely backdrop for photos.
900 89 Častá-Červený Kameň, Slovakia +421 33/690 58 03
Perhaps Halič Castle is the most off-the-beaten-path royal residence on this list, but it is also one of the most grandiose and romantic wedding destinations in Slovakia. Originally dating back to the 12th century, Halič Castle underwent a massive renovation project and was re-opened to the public as the Galicia Nueva castle hotel in the summer of 2016. The hotel offers 50 luxurious rooms in the south central region of Slovakia, near the Hungarian border. A cafe, a restaurant, a bar, a wine lounge, and a smoking room round out the hotel’s ample facilities. Most couples opt to have their ceremony in the castle chapel or in the central Arcadia Great Hall, which shows off the hotel’s lavish architectural style and features a large glass ceiling. The County Hall, with its Late Baroque frescoes, is an ideal place for a reception of up to 80 guests.
Mieru, 985 11 Halič, Slovakia +421 47/285 22 00
The elegant Renaissance Chateau Appony is a lovely destination for a large outdoor wedding or for an intimate wedding in the beautifully renovated library of the Appony dynasty. Many couples choose to plan a wedding weekend here, and invite guests to book a room at the four star hotel for the Friday or Saturday evening following the ceremony. Chateau Appony has a large events hall with glimmering chandeliers which can accommodate more than 100 seated guests for a reception. Offering a bar, a restaurant, tennis courts, a bowling alley, a swimming pool, and a spa, the hotel easily caters to guests’ every whim. Several wine cellars are located near the Chateau, making it easy to serve some of the best Slovak wine during a splendid wedding reception.
Oponice 271, 956 14 Oponice, Slovakia +421 38/323 81 11
Trenčin Castle dominates the hill above the city, where it used to keep watch over an old mercantile road which connected the Mediterranean with the Baltics and Northern Europe. Some parts of the castle date back to the 11th century, but others have been added throughout the centuries. The events spaces at Trenčin Castle aren’t as lavish as some of the other castles on this list, but the breathtaking beauty of the castle and the panoramic view from the hill provide an excellent backdrop for photos of a special wedding day.
Matušova 19, 912 50 Trenčín, Slovakia +421 32/743 56 57