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"It was a place where writers, poets, painters and sculptors met to capture the spirit of the time, the uniqueness of the moment, the beauty of nature, the old manor house and the romantic ruins of the old castle ..." (Eloise Beutelová, Oponice around 1880)

Oponice manor house

"It was a place where writers, poets, painters and sculptors met to capture the spirit of the time, the uniqueness of the moment, the beauty of nature, the old manor house and the romantic ruins of the old castle ..." (Eloise Beutelová, Oponice around 1880)

The original stone building became the majestic seat of the old Hungarian aristocratic Apponyi family in the 16th and 17th centuries. It combines graceful curves of the Renaissance with the purity of classicism, which change from bright white to the green oasis of the adjacent park with rare trees. Its nobility is accentuated in the interior by Prussian snow-white vaults resting on pinkish Spanish marble in corridors reminiscent of the Medici and Borgia families.
It is the only luxury historic hotel in Slovakia with four stars and a 20,000 baroque library in Slovakia, which boasts not only a rich history with many personalities, but also its "uprising from the ashes of ruins" in 2007-2011.


The manor is located in a small Slovak village just north of ancient Nitra. It has about 900 inhabitants and is a village rich not only in history with four historic buildings that attract visitors, but also has a long tradition in growing vines. According to documents, it was grown here as early as the 13th century, and the coat of arms of the village is a man dressed in the Middle Ages, holding a large bunch of grapes in his hands. The history of the castle, whose ruins stand out from the mountains above the village, dates back to the times of the Great Moravian Empire, and according to legend, Svätopluk stored his sword and treasure in this place. King Sigismund of Luxembourg also used to come here and organize rich fox hunts. For a time, the castle also belonged to oligarch Matúš Čák of Trenčín. In 1392, in exchange for the Čeklí estate (Bernolákovo), the castle was acquired by the Pecz family, who appropriated the name of the village of Appony (today Oponice) as the name of their family and still use it in various parts of the world. The family lived in the castle until the 17th century, then they rebuilt a stone building in the village into a manor house and gradually added more wings to it. Finally, the last completion of the manor house in 1846, which was the famous family library, gave the manor house the shape of the letter U.

The Apponyi family was an important Hungarian family and during the Enlightenment and the reign of Maria Theresa they were among the most important and richest families in Hungary. They excelled in the military, took part in battles against the Tatars (1241), crusades and battles against the Turks (1606). They were promoted by Emperor Rudolf II for their merits. and Charles VI. To the barons and counts. In the 18th century, but especially in the 19th century, some members of the family excelled in high diplomacy, and Metternich set an example for others. The last member of this family in Oponice was Henrich Apponyi (1885-1935), who died without descendants and after his death the manor was bought by a completely different family, the Slezák family, to whom the manor and the whole manor were nationalized in 1948.

Additional information

Transport: By foot, By bike, By car, By bus
Parking: Free parking nearby

Accepted payments: Cash
Languages: Slovak

Suitable for: Childrens, Families with childrens, Elderly, Young, Adults
Season: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Updated on: 11.9.2021
Source: Chateau Appony

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Phone: +421 383 238 111
Website: chateauappony.sk
Oponice manor house
Chateau Appony
Oponice 271
956 14  Oponice
Region: Nitriansky
District: Topoľčany
Area: Ponitrie
 48.464032, 18.14828

Chateau Appony
Oponice 271
956 14  Oponice

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