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Don't expect to be able to buy food (or anything) on a Sunday morning
In a nutshell
A Town Less Visited
An easy-to-miss (look for the bright banners and follow the long hallway upstairs) oriental tea room with pleasant atmosphere and great people (most of whom speak English). They serve tea, non-alcoholic cocktails and (sometimes) light vegetarian fare. There's a terrace outside that's great when the weather is pleasant. Some interesting live music, slideshows, workshops and other events. Open from the afternoon until 9 Sun-Thurs and until 11 on the weekend. Free wifi.
Dress Code: casual
Written Jul 19, 2009
Address: Hviezdoslavova 8
No risk or danger of any kind in this beautiful place...but to avoid feeling upset & annoyed, please read this.
For 80 Sk, we will get to see the most of the castle with a guided tour....but in Slovak language! We have to endure listening to the language for about 2 hours & we get the feeling we miss so many things about the castle. Please enquire about the English text or better still, an English tour guide (probably during the summer months..) to understand the castle history...when we purchase the ticket.
Updated Apr 5, 2003
Miscellaneous: There is no special rainy season
Avg. Temp. in Spring: max.: 9 – 20°C ( 49 - 68°F ); min: 1 - 9°C ( 34 - 48°F )
Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 21 – 25°C ( 70 - 77°F ); min: 11 - 13°C ( 51 - 55°F )
Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: 6 – 19°C ( 43 - 66°F); min: 1 - 10°C ( 34 – 50°F )
Avg. Temp. in Winter: max.: 1 – 3°C ( 34 - 39°F); min: -3 - 0°C ( 27 - 32°F )
Written Oct 6, 2004
There's a small gym in town (http://www.jamestrencin.host.sk/stena.html), and a small local crag just outside the city, by the pilgrimage site of Skalka.
Climbing is also possible under the castle at Beckov, about a half hour away, but easier to get to without a bike or car.
Equipment: A 50 meter rope and 12 draws would be fine for Skalka, maybe 60 meters for some climbs at Beckov. Trad gear isn't necessary, but could be useful to protect some of the longer runout climbs.
Updated Apr 4, 2011