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.
Bratislava is about 55 kilometers from Trnava.
Trencin is a town of small picturesque old town and castle on the hill. Trencin is known from the year of 1111. It was mentioned also already in Roman texts in 179 CE as Laugaricio. Nowadays it has a population of 56 000.
The main sightseeing object here, of course, is castle, founded in 11th century and was known as belonging of Poland. Old town is nice to, with some Catholic churches to see and synagogue.
Trencin is about 84 kilometers from Trnava.
You may be surprised at what you'll find if you leave the main square. Many restaurants and pubs are tucked away, with a very plain front while inside is quite old and quaint. Lots of them are downstairs in old cellars.
Also, have a beer! They are cheap, and the pils style beers are the closest in Europe I have found to an Australian type beer. I personally prefer pils style to wheat beer or the sweeter beers.
Talk to the locals! Find out what they like to do.
When we were exploring the University area we came across this small memorial opposite the Church of John the Baptist. We could neither understand the Slovak inscriptions nor work our the dates on the memorial but there were wreaths from many different countries, including USA and Sweden if I remember correctly. If anyone knows what it represents, I'd be interested to hear it.
St. Helen's Church is the oldest building in the town. This small church was built in the 14th century and is on the lower end of Hlavna, one of the main streets. There are so many big churches in town that it's easy to miss this one.
In the municipal tower we had seen pictures and a description of this beautiful street, Horne Basty, so later on, when we were walking through the University area we went to find it. It's at the northern end of the town, just inside the walls. Despite it's rather amusing name, there are some lovely, old houses here and couple of cosy looking pubs. We didn't stop as we were on a no-alcohol-before-evening policy for this holiday. We were going to try an alcohol-only-every-second-day rule but the Slovakian beer was too good. At the west end of the street there is a large, intact section of the old town walls.
This is called "Ears of elephant" Slonie usi in Slovak. Anyway, if you will be lucky and got such a funny guide it isreally good show. :) He was joking all time and when little children started to cry because they were tired he told us that they throw little crying children to the well because there is a dwarf who eats them :)
seems like little fairy tale chateau and you expect that there will come a princess or prince to
open the door ;) but be careful. The chateau is property of Slovak Academy of Sciences and
it isn't opened for public all the time. So it depends on situation, if there is a congress
or something similar, they will not allow you to go inside. But surroundings are also very nice, great
park and small pond, near is Driny cave. Anyway, if you will be lucky and get inside don't miss
beautiful view from the tower, there is possibility to see also Atomic Power Station (Jaslovske
The cave DRINY
founded in 1929 by Banic and Vajsabel, unique and the only one cave in Western Slovakia
created by chinks inside the moving rocks (generally there is a water stream forming caves).
There is a 550 m round for visitors, 150 stairs. Guide used to be very funny talking about
30 metres deep yawn and joking that there must be slung two children from every group. ;)
The dripstones are short called 'teeth', other bigger dripstones have their names such as
Dwarf, Turtle, Ears of Elephant, Crying Bride and the most favourite is 198 cm tall 'The root
of Life'. ;)) worth to see it and then you will understand the meaning of its name.
There is humidity 98%, 8 degrees of Celsius.Since November there is sojourning of 7 kinds of bats.
It is situated 1 km far away from Smolenice chateau, 35 minutes by feet from parking lot, ticket
is around 60 Sk.
Driny is one of 12 caves in Slovakia. The nearest cave is Harmanecka jaskyna. Jaskyna means cave in
Slovak. The best time to visit Driny is in summer, take a sweater even if weather is nice.