Cachtice Castle: Ghost of Elizabeth Bathory

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Čachtice Castle

Deep in a remote region of Slovakia hides a ruined castle with a particularly bloody past. Čachtice Castle stands upon the steep side of a mountain top, overlooking quint villages below. It has been ruined for some time. Remaining as a crumbling stone edifice linked to dark history and a supposed murderous torturer, Elizabeth Bathory.

Čachtice Castle, Slovakia.
Approaching Čachtice Castle in Slovakia.

Čachtice Castle was built in the 13th century and received alterations to its appearance throughout the following centuries. It passed through the ownership of prominent families until falling into the possession of its most famed and notorious owner in 1575. At this time it was passed onto Elizabeth Bathory, best known as the Blood Countess, as a wedding gift.

Elizabeth Bathory: Blood Countess.
Portrait of Elizabeth Bathory, The Blood Countess.

Elizabeth Bathory is recorded in the Guinness Book of Records as being the Most Prolific Serial Killer of all time. During her lifetime she supposedly murdered and brutally tortured hundreds of young girls in a dungeon below Čachtice Castle. The highest report of her murder toll stands at 650. Legends would swirl about Elizabeth Bathory after her arrest for these supposed crimes. These stated that she would bathe and drink the blood of her virgin victims to keep a youthful and beautiful appearance. Hence, her popular nickname, The Blood Countess or Countess Dracula.

Torture chamber Čachtice Castle.
Torture display set up in a chamber underneath Čachtice Castle.

Elizabeth was eventually arrested for these crimes and locked in a tower at Čachtice Castle, where she remained for the final years of her life. She was to eventually die within this tower. Though Elizabeth’s supposed crimes are well known, it is likely they are sensationalized and exaggerated. Many even believe her to be innocent. The victim of being a widowed, rich, powerful women during a time of political unrest. Although there is the possibility that Elizabeth Bathory was framed for these murders, many claims of the paranormal have surrounded Čachtice Castle.

Tower of Čachtice Castle.
A tower at Čachtice Castle where Elizabeth Bathory was imprisoned.

Haunted Tales of Čachtice Castle

There have been many stories told about ghosts haunting Čachtice Castle in Slovakia. Though the existence of Elizabeth Bathory’s crimes has been debated, many believe tormented souls haunt the area. Some say they have sighted shadow figures and full body apparitions. Sometimes, these appear as young girls crying.

Haunted Castle in Slovakia.
View from above one of Slovakia’s haunted castles.

The ghost of Elizabeth Bathory, herself, is also thought to haunt Čachtice Castle, where she was imprisoned and died. Many claim to have sighted her and she is sometimes described as being faceless.

Elizabeth Bathory Castle.
Exploring the castle of Elizabeth Bathory.

In addition to these ghostly apparitions appearing before people. Some say that they have experienced disembodied voices in and around the castle.

Underground Elizabeth Bathory Castle.
Heading below Elizabeth Bathory’s Castle.

Visiting Čachtice Castle

Čachtice Castle is a sight worth seeing for those venturing to Slovakia. It has an interesting history and many mysteries surrounding it! The castle exists in the small, but charming town of Čachtice. This town is linked to other major cities by train, including Bratislava. There are plenty of eateries and accommodation in Čachtice, so you could also spend the night there. Čachtice Castle is a decent hike up a large hill but can also be accessed by car. The entrance fee is small and contains access to the castle and a museum.

Elizabeth Bathory in Čachtice.
Sculpture in the town square of Čachtice, displaying Elizabeth Bathory and one of her victims.

If you enjoyed this article and are looking for other castles connected to bloodthirsty rulers. I recommend checking out Poenari Fortress, Vlad the Impaler’s castle. If you want to see more of my visit to Čachtice Castle, including my night time paranormal investigation, check out my other video.

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