Travel to Slovakia
Day 2 Smolenice - Cachtice - Beckov - Trenčín - Cicmany - Terchová (201 km)
(in 42 Km) Čachtice: We started our day tour at this village seeing the castle. As in 1708 a fire destroyed the castle not worth visiting the ruins; however on the hill of the castle you can see great views of the adjacent regional nature reserve. Čachtice was used as the set of ruins of the castle that appears at the beginning of the movie Dragonheart. No road leads directly to this site. The castle is reached by a path (a walk of 25 minutes) from the small town of Visnové. P>
(in 12 Km) Beckov: Beckov Castle is one of the most important castles in the history of Slovakia. Located on the banks of the river Váh on a crag not very high but difficult to access, which guarded a river crossing. It is one of the castles in ruins (closed throughout 2010 for restoration) more beautiful in Slovakia, still preserves a some rooms and from its walls there are fine views over the surroundings. In the seventeenth century during the wars with the Turks the nobility of southern Hungary went to live in the village below the castle and build their mansions and palaces, which makes Beckov the village with the greatest concentration of buildings of the nobility in Slovakia.
(in 23 Km) Trenčín: We started visiting the city at the main square called Mierové Namestie. It is one of the gateways to the city when it was walled. It is now known as the tower of the city. You can go up to her to see the views. In the square, going out of a well, is the figure of a "vodník", a storybook character who lives in rivers and lakes and is green.
Trenčín - Mierové Namestie - "Vodník"
The history of Trenčín Castle comes to Roman times, which is documented by an inscription on the rock that speaks of the victory of the second Roman legion on Laugaricio in the year 179 AD. The Castle has buildings dating from the eleventh century, when the castle was used as a border with the Czech kingdom. At the end of the thirteenth century it belongs to the important Hungarian magnate Matuš Čak that arrived to dispute the crown with the king. The castle was rebuilt and expanded several times. Reconstruction in the 1540s and 1560s became the castle, along with castles of Spiš and Devin, one of the largest castles in Europe.
The castle hosts the museum of history of Trenčín (founded 1877). It shows the history of the region and the castle itself. The view from the Matuš tower is unique. You can view a vast landscape with an almost aerial view and a view of the vast Gothic and Renaissance walls. Inside of the complex of the Castle also performed several shows such as representations of medieval battles, etc.
Trenčín castle - Matuš tower
(in 55 Km) Čičmany: The original village of Čičmany lies between the mountains of Small Fatras and Stražovce. It is the highest located village in the province of Žilina. The originality of the village is that their wooden houses are decorated with white geometric shapes which gives them a special character. Today the village is inhabited by about 250 people, but in the past came to live here until 1200 people.
On the way to Terchová you can stop in the village of Rajecká Lesna to visit the Slovak Betlehem by the carver Slovak Jozef Pekara. In his artwork not only shows Christmas, also shows the history of the Slovak nation. The scene of the Nativity is located in the center of the work that is in the village of Rajecká Lesna. All Slovak regions can be found represented there by its most famous sites and buildings such as the castles of Devin, Bratislava, Trencin and Orava, and the cathedrals of Nitra, Trnava, Spisska Kapitula and Kosice. The Betlehem is 8.5 meters long, 2.5 meters wide and 3 m in height.
(in 68 Km) Terchová: We rested in this population, at the door of the Vratná Valley.