The Levický Castle

The Castle is the most important dominant of the town Levice. It is from the end of the 13th century. It stands on top of volcanic rock protuberance above the swamps of the Hron river. It was the sentry fort guarding the road leading to central Slovakian mining towns.

Its role was crucial in time of Turkish wars when the Turks occupied the territory south of Levice. It was then when the Levický hrad Castle was fortified, widened and the bulky Renaissance bastions were built. In summer 1664 the Turkish troops suffered a heavy defeat here, which stopped their expansion further to central parts of the country. This battle is known as the battle of Levice where the legendary hero of the Kingdom of Hungary, Štefan Koháry was killed.

The Castle served the purpose until 1709 when its bastions were considerably damaged in the period of the Rebellion of Estates. Then it gradually lost importance as a military fort. Its conserved ruins and somewhat younger small fortified structures in the lower castle known as the Dobóovský kaštieľ (Manor House of Dobó) are the witnesses to the famous history of the Castle. The manor house of Dobó, two-storied Renaissance fortress bears the name of its owner, Count Štefan Dobó, one of the heroes of counter-Turkish wars. The manor house was built in the second half of the 16th century and it is the most extensive structure of the whole castle area. In the former unusually wide dike the castle park was planted.

Today the Castle houses the Tekovské múzeum (Museum of Tekov), which contains archaeological, historic, ethnographic, and nature collections gathered in the region.  Various events take place in the Castle – one of them is the Castle Festival of Levice, now more attractive, as it is held in a newly constructed amphitheatre.

The popular place in the Castle is its tea room located in one of the medieval bastions. The mysterious and reserved atmosphere of the place opened to public, which offers a varied assortment of exotic teas and drinks and the romantic silhouette of the Castle in background provide a pleasant experience to visitors.

Tekov museum in Levice

Are you one of those science enthusiasts and do you enjoy learning the history of various cities? If so, you should definitely visit the Tekov Museum in Levice, which is located in the premises of the Levice Castle from the end of the 13th century.

The museum was established in 1927 thanks to the generosity of postmaster Jozef Nécsey, who donated his collection of archaeological objects from the environs of the town of Vráble and the Lower Požitavie region, ethnographic objects from the northern part of the Tekov county and the environs of Zvolen, paintings, family archives and books to the town of Levice and that is how the history of the museum in Levice started. At present, it is a regional homeland studies museum with particular focus on folk culture and natural sciences and is situated in the premises of the most significant cultural monument of the region – the Levice Castle.

The collections of the Tekov Museum include more than 100,000 items from the areas of history, archaeology, folk culture, visual arts, numismatics, and both organic and inorganic nature. Currently, visitors to the Captain`s Building and the Dobó manor house can admire exhibitions focused on various topics and a permanent exhibition concentrating on the archaeological sites in the region, history of Levice Castle and pharmacysocial life in the town of Levice, crafts, August 1968 and folk costumes.

The concert hall is worth a special mention, as it meets the requirements of the most demanding music lovers. Primarily, concerts of classical music, events for expert audience and events with cultural and educational focus are held here, but it is also a place where you can marry your beloved one. An amphitheater has been built in the area of the south-western bastion; the museum uses it for events corresponding with the historical atmosphere of the Levice Castle (A Week in the Museum, The Night of Museums and Galleries, Levice Castle Festival, Folklore Festival, Christmas at the Castle, etc.)

The Tekov Museum in Levice administers expositions at other locations: Rock dwellings in Brhlovce and Water wheel mill in Bohunice.
The Museum in Levice looks forward to your visit!

Permanent exhibitions: Archaeology – History of the Castle – History of Pharmacy – Social Life – Guilds, Ladislav Bielik August 1968 – Folk Costumes

Source: Michal Lachký, Tekovské múzeum v Leviciach

Opening hours

November – March
Monday – Friday: 9:00 – 16:00
Sunday: 10:00 – 16:00

April, May, October
Monday – Friday: 9:00 – 16:00
Saturday – Sunday: 10:00 – 16:00

June – September
Monday – Friday: 9:00 – 18:00
Saturday – Sunday: 10:00 – 18:00

Kompletné otváracie hodiny poskytne prevádzkovateľ

Pricelist

1. Entry fee for one museum exposition:

– Children and pensioners0,30 €
– Adult0,60 €
Pri komentovanej prehliadke
Children and pensioners1,00 €
Adult
– dospelí1,50 €

2. Entry fee for permanent exposition:

Children and pensioners1,00 €
Adult2,00 €

3. Entry fee for all detached exposition of Tekov museum in Levice :

Children and pensioners0,50 €
Adult1,00 €

CONTACT

Tekovské múzeum v Leviciach

Ul. Sv. Michala 40

934 69 Levice

Phone: +421 (0)36/631 21 12

E-mail: tmlevice@nextra.sk

Web: Tekovské múzeum