Château Béla is located in the town of Belá, located in the southern part of the Slovak Republic, bordering Hungary. Belá is just 10 km / 6 ml. from the Danube river and the medieval town of Esztergom (Hungary).
The closest airports are Budapest (90km), Bratislava (130km) and Vienna (190km). We gladly arrange airport transfer for you on demand.
If you travel by car, we suggest you to click here to access GoogleMaps. Alternatively, you can input the Château´s GPS address N 47°49.875’ E 18°35.783’ in your car GPS for instructions.
Château Béla accepts the following credit-cards: VISA, and Eurocard/MasterCard. Maestro, VISA Electron and MasterCard Electron are accepted in connection with a personal identification number (PIN). The Château does not have a license to run an exchange office.
The Slovak Republic´s currency is the Euro (EUR). Payment is accepted in cash or by credit card at the Château´s reception in EUR, only.
Small, properly trained dogs are allowed at Château Béla at a daily fee of € 19 incl. VAT, in company of the owner of the dog, and kept at a leash. Guide dogs for the blind are allowed to stay for free. Dogs are not allowed in the restaurants, bars and meeting rooms, unless functioning as guide dogs for the blind.
Safety & Security:
While Château Béla has a security team on the estate assuring discreet and attentive care, additional security measures can be arranged customized to clients requirements.
Most of the Château´s rooms and all of the restaurants are non-smoking areas. Smoking is allowed on the courtyard terrace, and public bar and private dining area.
Citizens of the EU are permitted to stay in the Slovak Republic for an unlimited period. U.S. and Canadian citizens can stay visa-free for up to 90 days. Citizens of most other countries require a visa to enter the Slovak Republic. Current visa requirements can be obtained from your nearest Slovak Republic mission. Please click here for contact details.
Voltage in the Slovak Republic is 220 volts, and plugs are of the two-pin continental type. The Château has an ample stock of adaptors and converters for guests’ use.
Southern Slovakia has a temperate continental climate. The seasons are usually well defined, with July and August the hottest months (28-30°C, 82-86°F) and December and January the coldest, when temperatures may fall to -15°C or 5°F. Weather forecasts for your stay can be found on the Château´s website, by clicking here.
1138 First date on which the town of Belá has been mentioned in local records, as a local settlement by the Archbishop of Dömös, Hungary. The town is named after King Béla IV of Hungary.
16th century The invasion of the Turks left the settlement entirely destroyed, where after the town remained unpopulated until the early part of the 17th century.
1732 Construction of Château Béla started by Mr. János Terstyánsky, who was a local nobleman. Re-construction of Château Béla into a French baroque architectual style.
1780 Château Béla was bought by Mr. Pál Sherdahelyi, a local merchant. In the same year the Château´s chapel was consecrated. To date it still functions as the town’s local church, in which weddings can be held.
1834 Mr. Antal Baldacci from Corsica bought the Château Béla, and invested heavily in the estate by adding a fortification, water moat, drawbridge and the Château´s park landscapes.
1864 A crypt was added under the Château´s chapel, for the Baldacci family.
1910 Baron Adolf Ullman, a nobleman from Budapest, bought the Château.
1925 Georg Ullmann, the son of Adolf Ullman, inherited the Château.
1945 The Château was taken over by the government of socialist Czechoslovakia, and turned into a penalty facility for political prisoners. Later on the Château was also used as a factory for chemical production.
2000 Countess Ilona von Krockow, the granddaughter of Georg Ullmann, bought the Château from the Slovakian State.
With the support of her family, she lovingly restored the family estate in a very authentic and personal way, transforming it into a 5-star hotel, which opened in 2008.