The chateau in Betliar – an aristocrat among museums
When visiting this beautiful Classicist-Baroque chateau and the adjacent park, you will be transported to the atmosphere of the ancient period, when the Andrássy family ruled in the territory of Gemer. The chateau was built at the beginning of the 18th century by Štefan Andrássy on the foundations of the older Renaissance castle of the Bebek family, when the family decided to leave the family castle of Krásna Hôrka. The Andrássy family had a feeling and passion for art and beautiful things, and in the manor they were surrounded by a lot of rare furniture and works of art. The collection consists of paintings, imported exotic objects and hunting trophies. The Andrássy family considered science and literature equally important to art. The original library was founded by Leopold Andrássy in the second half of the 18th century. The collection consists mainly of scientific literature of the 18th and 19th centuries. In the building you will also find an artificial cave (grotta), which was built as a drip cave. It served as an exit to the garden and a sitting area during the summer heat.
Park in Betliar
One of the most beautiful English parks in Slovakia with an area of 81 ha offers the opportunity to peek into the former life of the Andrássy family. The park is surrounded by a hunting chateau and in addition to domestic woody plants you will also find rare exotic plants. However, the park is not only interesting for the plants that grow there. The Andrássy family have adapted it to spend their free time and it reflects the lifestyle of the aristocratic family.
There are interesting architectural structures in the park. The most interesting of them are the Masonic pavilion, a stone waterfall reminiscent of Roman ancient aqueducts, a grotta (cave) for polar bears, a menagerie in the form of a medieval castle with a turret, a rotunda, a Bosnia bar serving as an entertainment venue for aristocracy, Hermes’ well and the Chinese pavilion. You can find three fountains in the park. The most beautiful fountain is in the form of a four-leaf clover, located in a French boxwood planting. It is located in front of the manor house, in the middle of which is a bronze statue of a winged Psyche. The other two fountains were used as swimming pools. As you continue to go through the park, you will end up in a forest full of wildlife, which is why Betliar was frequently visited by aristocracy from all over Europe in the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. The famous nativity scene hunting for bears took place here. In 1978, the park was inscribed on the list of world historical gardens.
May – September: daily except Monday from 9.30 am to 6.30 pm (last entry at 5.30 pm) (June – August also on Mondays)
October – April: daily except Monday from 9.00 to 16.00 (last entry at 15.30)
Adults: € 8.00
Children aged 6 and more/ students up to 26 years / seniors over 62 years: 5, – €
Children up to the age of 6 / disabled visitors / ICOM / Press: free of charge
Photo ticket: 2, – €
FREE ENTRY every first Sunday of the month