The medieval Ľupča Castle, a National Cultural Monument, has a new owner – a joint stock company Železiarne Podbrezová a.s. from 2002. Then a new chapter of its interesting history started.
The Company planned gradual complete reconstruction. First of all it was necessary to repair the roof of so-called Upper Castle, which was in a very bad condition and caused devastation of the monument.
In 2005 and 2006 the newer part of the Castle – so-called Gisela’s House was reconstructed and today it is used for presentations or cultural – social events. The Gisela´s House and its dominant hall are called after Gisela, a daughter of Empress Sisi and Emperor Francis Joseph I. The premises are used for civil weddings as well. The southern courtyard of the Castle is connected with the southern Castle wall, which was reconstructed in 2007. Since the southern wall and the Gisela´s House are best visible from the main road E66 that connects Banská Bystrica and Brezno, this part of reconstruction made the Ľupča Castle that dominates the large surroundings more attractive. In May 2008 the heart of the Castle started to chime again after a copy of a bell from the 17th century was returned to the Castle bell tower. The bell was casted by company ŽĎAS a.s., which belongs to ŽP GROUP and has its seat in the Czech Republic. The bell weights 38 kilograms and it is tuned in G#.
The Castle reconstruction continued with older, medieval part of the Castle, castle chapel from the 17th century and the connected remises (presbytery, sacristy). Reconstruction of this part of the Castle was completed in 2008. In 2009 Železiarne Podbrezová and academic painter Jozef Dorica, the supplier of works, received an award “Cultural Monument of 2008” from the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic for a very delicate reconstruction of the precious Renaissance chapel. After the reconstruction of original farm buildings within the Castle premises, in 2009 the reconstruction of the lower castle courtyard and the entrance into the medieval castle was completed. After reconstructing parts of façade of the medieval part of the Castle, there is still much work to be done. Large part with beautiful inner courtyard has to be reconstructed. Major part of the reconstruction was done thanks to the programme of the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic “Let´s reconstruct our house” and thanks to the company Slovenský plynárenský priemysel, which supports this programme in terms of finance.
In spite of the reconstruction in progress, Ľupča Castle is still open to the public. However, considering the work in progress and safety of visitors, some parts of the Castle may be temporarily closed. Several years of work should bring a restored Castle from the 13th century that will serve the Castle owners and a wide public as well. Castle expositions will be gradually extended and besides interesting history and legends they will offer additional value to visitors.