Selected Passages from Hungarian-Ottoman Wars between 1372-1699


Csobánc (picture: Civertan)

Csobánc castle is one of the forts guarding the highlands of Lake Balaton in Hungary.

It used to belong to the Gyulaffy family until the second part of the 17th century. It was an important castle in the Borderland-chain of forts, its most famous captain was Gyulafi László in the 16th century.

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The Turks were trying to take it in 1554 but couldn’t, but one of its walls collapsed due to the siege.


It was besieged again in 1559, in vain. The Ottoman historian Evija Cselebi mentions the fort and the Turkish army’s withdrawal.

The fort was getting more and more ruined but there was no money in Vienna to get it repaired despite its strategic position. Only its garrison was increased.

It was given to the Eszterházy family in 1664. Later, the Austrians decided to have it exploded. When there was no need to keep these Bonderland castles as the Ottoman peril had gone, these forts became dangerous for the king. In fact, they couldn’t explode the castle due to the revolution of Prince Rákóczi Ferenc II.

Its greatest siege was in 1707 when General Rabutin could not take it even with his 1000 men. It was protected then only by 30 Hungarian rebels and 30 noblemen and by a few women and children. They killed more than 400 men of the enemy, including 52 officers. Finally, it was taken in 1709 and the Habsburgs had it blown up.

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