Kamenica Castle

Kamenica Castle with a view of the High Tatras, the Čergov Mountains and a pond.

The attractive castle ruins are located above the municipality of Kamenica. Although the castle is now only a ruin (with remains of the walls and the Renaissance fortifications still visible), it is still one of the most attractive places in the region thanks to the interesting natural scenery of the Čergov Mountains. The castle, built in the 13th century on a high limestone cliff above Kamenica, lies on the western slopes of Čergov Mountains. It probably served as a royal hunting castle. At the beginning of the 16th century, it was rebuilt into a Renaissance fortress. However, in 1558 it was conquered and destroyed by the troops of Emperor Ferdinand. The ruins of the Kamenica Castle with the remains of the walls and the Renaissance fortifications offer a nice view of the surroundings and the Čergov Mountains ridge. The annual Night of Castle Ruins and the summer Castle Festival are being held here. Visitors can enjoy performances by historical fencing and shooting groups, see skilled craftsmen at work (pottery and basketry) and stroll through an exhibition of local archaeological finds. 

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How to get to the castle: You can reach the Kamenica Castle from Kamenica along a well-marked footpath with boards with information on the history and nature of the municipality and the castle hill. The less demanding yellow-marked footpath leads from the municipality of Lúčky – Potoky – a great hike for those who do not like to push themselves.

Length: hike with an elevation gain of 224 meters takes less than an hour.

Difficulty: expect a steep climb from Kamenica. For those who do not like to push themselves we recommend the footpath from Lúčky -Potoky.

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