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    SCENIC DRIVE

    by balhannah Written Jan 30, 2014

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    The Tatra Mountains
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    A beautiful scenic drive along good road [E50], is the one that follows the River Váh to Liptovský Mikuláš. The drive is approx. 86kms and takes approx. 1.5 hours.

    We followed the road and found it wound around some big river bends and gave us excellent views of the River Váh. We saw Castle ruins as we went through the forested area, then came out into the open where the farmers crops were a brilliant bright green! Farmers were out and about on their Tractors ploughing more ground. We passed through some towns and by-passed some. Best of all, were the wonderful views we had of the Tatra Mountain Range. In April, they still had snowy peaks and were beautiful.
    This is a very scenic area of Slovakia

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    STARY HRAD RUINS

    by balhannah Written Jan 30, 2014

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    Stary Hrad

    Still travelling along the E50 and only a little further on from Strecno Castle, I see some more ruins, only this time they are on the left side and on the other side of the River Váh. Once again, the ruins are sitting high above the surrounding area.
    The Castle used to be called Varin and was mentioned in 1267, how-ever the name changed to Stary Hrad after Strecno Castle was built The main function of the Castle was to protect the ancient trade route through the Považie Valley and to collect the toll at the nearby river ford.
    In 14th century it was a home of the King’s captain and his soldiers. The last time it was inhabited was the beginning of the 18th century, when five soldier watchmen of the castle lived there.

    I couldn't find any information saying it was open for viewing.
    Address: Nezbudská Lúèka, Slovakia

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    STRECNO CASTLE

    by balhannah Written Jan 30, 2014

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    Strecno Castle

    I wish I had known about Strecno Castle located just 16kms from Zilina. From the road, we could see Strecno Castle towering above us on a rock overlooking the river Váh. Unfortunately, there was no-where to pull off the road and park so photos were taken from a moving car. The road we were following was the E50 which runs alongside the River Váh to Liptovský Mikuláš. From what I could see, Strecno Castle looked somewhere worth visiting, even if it was just for the views!

    Strecno castle is one of Slovakias famous Castles and is declared a national monument.

    Where the Castle is located, dates to the Iron Age and the late Roman period. Strecno Castle dates from 1321. Until almost the end of the 14th Century the castle was owned by King Karol Robert and served as a toll gate, since then, it has changed owners many times.
    In 1424, the castle served as Queen Barbara’s dowry in her marriage to King Zigmund of Luxembourg.

    It is thought the Gothic styled palace was built in the 15th century, then in the Renaissance period, fortifications with semi-circular towers were built and a new gate was installed on the south side. In the 17th century it was enlarged again and three massive bastions and two gates were added.

    The Castle ruins can be visited and the archaeological finds such as ceramic remains, tiles, iron objects, coins, glass and pottery fragments, stones and clothing remains can be seen. During the excavation of the chapel, tombstones with Latin inscriptions were found and are now on display.
    Many cultural events are held in the Castle

    ADMISSION
    Adults – € 3
    Students, Pensions and those with disabilities – € 2
    Children under 6 years – free entry
    Family Ticket (2 Adults + 2 children over 6 years) – € 8

    ADMISSION TO EVENTS
    Adults – € 4
    Students, Pensions and those with disabilities – € 2.60
    Children under 6 years – free entry
    Family Ticket (2 Adults + 2 children over 6 years) – € 10.60
    Use of camera or video – € 1

    Opening hours do vary, so please check the website.
    http://pmza.sk/eng/?page_id=26

    How to reach the Castle
    http://pmza.sk/eng/?page_id=61

    ADDRESS - Hradná 1 , 013 24 Streèno

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    VISIT THE WALLACHIAN OPEN AIR VILLAGE

    by balhannah Written Jan 29, 2014

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    Wallachian open air village
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    The wonderful Wallachian Open air village in ROSNOV POD RASTHOFEM in the Czech Republic, is only a bit over an hours drive or 73 kms along the E442 from Zilina.

    The scenery is of farms and snow capped Mountains as you head there.
    The Open Air village could easily take up most of the day to have a look around. They hold festivals and in the summer season have folk dances and more.

    It makes a good day trip from here.

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