It is not a piece of cake to climb up to the ruins of Tátika Castle but the stunning view is well worth the effort. Even in less clear and sunny weather there is an unobstructed view over the Zalaszántó Basin or the slopes of Keszthely Mountains as well as the snow white tip of the Zalaszántó Stupa is visible, too.
Tátika Castle is situated on a basalt peak of 413 meters near Zalaszántó, Zala County. It was named after its first owners, the Tátika clan. In the mid-13th century due to their overbearing practices the castle was confiscated by King Béla IV and passed to the Bishop of Veszprém, who further fortified it. Later the Lackfi family took possession of the castle and in the 15th century the Pető family of Gerse ruled the area.
The castle fell into decay in the 16th century when raiding Turkish troops robbed and burnt it. From then on it was referred to only as a ruin in documents. It was finished off by the Habsburg troops in the early 18th century when the remaining part was set on fire. The castle received a ‘facelift’ a few years ago as archaeological excavation and maintenance works had started.
Although only a little is left of it today, the walls that survived throughout history create a special atmosphere resembling a fantasy film scenery. Walking among the walls made of black basalt is like discovering the remnants of an ancient world fallen. Only dark tunnels, hidden chambers and treasure chests are missing. The castle is accessible via the Blue (K) Trail and the Blue L (KL) spur trail.