Berencs (Branč) castle was built by the Hungarian Aba family in the 13th century. It is located in the Upper lands/Horná Zem/Felvidék, now it is in Slovakia, and 13 villages belonged to it. Berencs became the property of the Hungarian kings who owned it between the 14th-15th centuries. The kings enlarged it with new walls. Soon, the Czech king took it from Lord Csák Máté in 1314 but it returned after the peace was made in 1332.
The castle was reinforced with Italian bastions in the 16th century. As the castle was located in the western part of Royal Hungary, it was not targeted by the Ottomans and there were no important battles in the area. Rather, it was the center of the local landlord.
It was the prison of those Protestant ministers who were sent to the galleys in 1674. The castle was struck by lightning and burned down at the end of the 17th century. The archeological excavations began in the 1990s and by now (2019), you can see significant improvements in the castle.
The castle stands on a 475-meter-high hill and it is definitely worth visiting: