Bratislava - capital of Slovakia
Bratislava is a capital of Slovakia, it is almost like a border town with Austria, Hungary is also not so far. As a capital, it is one of the main touristic objects in Slovakia. Old town, castle territory, Petrin hill, Devin suburb can be visited. To make city more important, one fact can be mentioned - it was even a capital of Hungary for some time.
It is possible to be around 3 days in Bratislava, but day trip is OK also, if only for basic things.
Trencin is about 130 kilometers from Bratislava.
Trnava - small town of churches
Trnava with a population of 70 000 people is 7th largest city in Slovakia. It is known for many church in small area, also called as "Little Rome". Why it happened so? In sixteen century place belonged to Hungarian Kingdom. It was decided to transfer Esztergom Archbishopric and Chapter here, so it became religious center of Hungary.
Trnava also is university town, housing Trnava University, mostly known in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, but during my visit I also felt it is student town. It is for sure worth visiting this town if you are nearby.
Trnava is about 77 kilometers from Trencin.
Castle of the Jester
Have you ever heard the legend of Beckó castle already?
In the beautiful valley of the river Vág, Voivode Stibor, a knight of Polish origins, was a real petty monarch, of who all of his servant were afraid, And Beckó was the kindest man of this powerful lord, the jester. Beckó castle stands on top of a tall rock that even the bird gets tired by the time it flies up. Lord Stibor built this castle, but not for himself, but for his jester Beckó.
By the way, the lord ended his life with a sad death; two snakes hollowed his eyes and fell down from the wall of the castle blindly into abyss, according to the legend.
Since a fire in 18th century it has not been inhabited ever more. Novadays, tourists visit the romantic ruins mainly in July when castle-festivals have been organized. There is also a museum of the castle-history under the hill.
Admission is 1,00 € for adults, for children 0,70 €, children under 6 free.
Open from May 1 to October 15, 9am to 6pm, Monday closed
Direction: From Trencsén on motorway E75 / D1 cca. 30 km
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Castle of the Bloody Countess
The Csejte Castle - in Slovakian Cachticky hrad - is a castle ruin not far from city of Trencsén.
According the Guinness Book of the World Records it was also home of the flagrant Countess Elisabeth Báthory, who is considered the most famous serial killer and mass murderer in the European history. Her family was very distinguished, two of her cousins were kings, one of Poland and the other of Transylvania.
She had killed numerous young virgin girls during her reign of more then 20 years, in order to maintain her beauty by bathing in the blood of the girls.
She was arrested and sentenced to perpetual imprisonment entombed in a room in her castle. She died after four years at the age of 54.
All that remains today is her legend and her crumbling castle ruin above the village.
There is also a museum, where you may look at a replica of the Bloody Lady portrait. The original portrait painted when she was 25, has been lost.
Admission: Adults 1,33 €, children 0,66 €
Opening Hours: May - October Tu - Sat 9am - 5pm
Direction: From Trencsén on motorway E75 / D1 cca. 35 km to the village and from there it is about 40 minutes by foot to the Castle Hill. Cars are not allowed to the area.
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In nearby Cachtice (train to...
In nearby Cachtice (train to Nove mesto nad Vahom, then to Cachtice) is a great ruined castle that used to belong to Elisabeth Bathory, a 16th century countess who tortured and murdered hundreds of young girls, and by whom I've been fascinated for quite a while. Cachtice was the castle she loved best ('for its wildness'), and it's also where she died, walled in her room (her accomplices were burnt at the stake, but she wasn't because she was high aristocracy; the only reason she was finally trialed was because the king owed her money, btw). To get to the castle from the station, walk up to the main square beyond the church and then take a street to the right (next to a phone booth). The trail leading up to the castle is marked from here, I believe by green-white-green horizontal stripes but I'm not 100% sure. It takes about half an hour to get there. I haven't seen any but I've heard there are still bears in this area, so it's probably a good idea to no get far off the beaten path here ;) For pictures or more info, see Zmrzlina's page or click here.
Beckov castle is located off the main highway to Bratislava. It is famous for the legend of Becko, the jester. a fire in 1729 gutted the castle, leaving only ruins.
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