The village of Betliar (Hungarian: Betlér, German: Betler) is located in the southeastern part of Slovakia, about 10 km north of Rožňava . Betliar’s principal attraction is the Andrássy Mansion.
The Betliar mansion was built by István Andrássy at the beginning of the 18th century, utilising the foundations of an earlier fortified mansion, built by the Bebek family in the middle of the 15th century. Strengthened with the addition of four corner-bastions, the building’s present form is the result of the rebuilding that took place at the end of the 18th century.
The building successfully survived the subsequent wars, as a result of which its original interior furnishings can still be inspected today. Following completion of the renovation of the mansion as a historic monument in 1994, it was awarded the ‘Europa Nostra’ prize.
The Betliar mansion features a permanent display on “The architectural and domestic-cultural preferences of the nobility in the 18th -19th centuries”; it also has a library of 15000 volumes.
From the Betliar mansion, it is worthwhile visiting the nearby Krásna Hôrka medieval castle .