Červený Kameň Castle MuseumČervený Kameň Castle Museum
The Slovak National Museum– The Red Stone Castle Museum specializes in the development of living culture of nobility and bourgeoisie in Slovakia with focus on artistic-historical character of collection objects and the history of the Red Stone Castle. It gains, protects, processes in a special way, uses and shows the collection object to public within its mentioned specialisation.
The first mention of Červený Kameň Castle was in the first half of the 13th century. The two noble families played the most significant role in the history of the castle. It was the German family of Fugger and the Austrian-Hungarian family of Palfi. Anton Fugger, a head of the family, was not only educated but also rich, capable businessman coming from the South-German town of Ausburg. He decided to utilize the strategic position of the castle, situated close to Bratislava and Vienna and transform the old gothic castle into a renaissance fortress - safe storehouse for goods traded across the whole Europe. Many castle reconstructions had been done by the Palfi family. In the 16th century, Mikulas II Palfi converted the Fugger fortress into dwelling premises. After one century, Mikulas IV Palfi rebuilt the castle in an early baroque style. Further modernization and enlargement of the castle were carried out by Rudolf Palfi and his wife Maria Eleonora Kaunitz - Rietberg. The next centuries did not bring any significant changes in a shape and outward aspect of the castle. In 1945, the castle was proclaimed a national cultural property.
The Museum offers visitors the Castle Front Yards (inner, outer) and the castle surroundings - French park. 24 rooms of the castle display interiors of noble residences from the end of the 15th until the beginning of the 20th centuries, the unique room - Sala Terrena, the Castle Pharmacy, the Chapel of the Assumption of St. Mary, the Exhibition of Historical Weapons, amazing Cellars and the Fortification System of two bastions from the 16th century and many other attractions.