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Trencin is situated in western part of Slovakia. The beautiful city is 90 minutes from Bratislava. Top sights in the Old Town centre include: the Castle (Hrad) which is illuminated in the evening, the County House (Zupny dom) close to Matusova Street, Piarist church, the Secessionist-style Tatra Hotel ( from which you can see a Roman inscription from 179 A.D. carved into the rock face below the castle, the Upper Gate (Dolna brana) from the 15th century city walls and a restored Synagogue close to Sturovo namestie. Stay at the 4* Tatra Hotel ( and imagine the country that the Romans saw.

Trencin / © Bedrich Schraiber │Source: Slovak Tourist BoardTrencin / © Ladislav Struhár │Source: Slovak Tourist BoardBojnice castle / © Štefan Kačena │Source: Slovak Tourist Board
Bojnice castle / © Ladislav Struhár │Source: Slovak Tourist BoardBojnice castle / © Bedrich Schraiber │Source: Slovak Tourist BoardČičmany village / © Ivan Hlobej │Source: Slovak Tourist Board
Čičmany village / © Ladislav Struhár │Source: Slovak Tourist BoardBethlehem in Rajecka Lesna / Source: Slovak Tourist BoardSpa Rajecké Teplice / Source: Slovak Tourist Board
Castle of Spis / © Róbert Buga │Source: Slovak Tourist BoardCastle of Spis - interior / © Ladislav Struhár │Source: Slovak Tourist BoardČachtice castle / © Róbert Buga │Source: Slovak Tourist Board

Bojnice and Cicmany
Drive east for about an hour via Prievidza to the beautiful Bojnice castle (, the most visited castle in Slovakia. But make sure you stop by the castle’s Zoo (, the oldest in Slovakia. Stop for lunch at Hotel pod Zamkom ( near the castle. Drive north about 35 minutes to Klak peak and turn towards Cicmany (, one of the loveliest villages in Slovakia, where traditional peasant homes are covered with fascinating geometric paintings.

Here, you have a couple of options. Either go north for another 15 minutes to admire the world’s largest carved wooden nativity – Slovak Bethlehem at 8m long and 2.44m tall – in Rajecka Lesna. Bethlehem features scenes from Slovak folk tradition. The museum housing it also features the work of contemporary woodworkers. Stay in Bojnice at the 4* Hotel pod Zamkom or the 4* Hotel Kaskada ( For the second option proceed north for another 10 minutes to reach Rajecke Teplice spa. Stay at the 4* Hotel Aphrodite ( and enjoy a sauna, massage or other relaxing treatment.

Spis castle
Spis castle is situated in the eastern part of Slovakia, approximately 40 minutes from Presov. Start early in the morning, going 20 minutes east to Spisske Podhradie, to admire the ruins of one of the largest medieval castles in Europe. Spis Castle (, a former royal residence is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is where Dragonheart (Dennis Quaid) and Kull the Conqueror (Kevin Sorbo) were filmed. Drive 40 minutes east to the cultural center of the Rusyns/Ruthenians and the vibrant university town of Presov ( Top sights are the beautifully restored main square, St. Nicholas' Church with altar carved by workshop of Master Pavol of Levoca, the Neptune Fountain (Neptunova fontana) built by the first Jew allowed to live within the city walls, the Greek Catholic Church of St. John Baptist (Kostol sv. Jana Krstitela) with its richly decorated iconostasis and the preserved body of a Greek Catholic bishop who refused to convert to the Russian Orthodox faith during the Soviet years.

Cachtice castle
Vrbove village is about an hour from the capital city of Bratislava, and approximately five minutes outside of it is Cachtice Castle (Cachticky hrad, Enjoy the view from the ruins of this tragic place, where Hungarian noblewoman Elisabeth Bathory, known as the Bloody Countess, lived. Here and at other residences, she sadistically tortured to death hundreds of young Slovak peasant women. She is believed to be part of the inspiration for the Dracula vampire story – there is evidence she bit her victims, and legend says she bathed in their blood. In the town of Cachtice, a museum tells the history of the castle and medieval town, and includes some archeological finds from the area.




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