Trencin

Beautifully located at the foot of the Strazovske vrchy hills in the valley of the Vah River, the region of Trencin, with its temperate climate, deserves a visit. A rich history, a large number of historical monuments and numerous cultural events guarantee a visit full of leisure activities and discoveries.

Originally a Roman military colony, the city of Trencin was founded at the beginning of the second millennium. In 1412, it acquired the rights of a free royal city. The high point of Trencin is the fortified castle which overlooks the city. Its construction probably goes back to the 11th century and building continued until the 14th century. It became the property of Matus Cak, a prominent Slovak historical figure, who ordered the construction of the Tower which carries his name and which is today, one of the symbols of the city. The castle has been renovated and is in excellent condition. Exhibitions are organized here as well as medieval music, classical and folkloric concerts plus medieval shows. The castle can also be visited at night. The fortified castle was built on a huge rock, on which a Roman inscription testifies to Trencin's history. On the hills leading to the castle is the beautiful Catholic Parish Church of the Virgin Mary. In the center of the Old Town is Peace Square (Mierove Namestie) where you will find a column erected in 1713 during the plague epidemics. Around the Square is the Trencin Museum as well as a 19th century synagogue built not far from the Piarist Church, next to which is a former monastery which today houses the Gallery of M.A. Bazonvky, a modern painter.

For nature lovers and hikers, the city of Trencin can be used as a base for several hikes or walks in the wooded region of Povarsky Inovec. At the foot of the Inovec Mountain (1,042 meters) is the well-preserved traditional village of Selec.

In the Strazovskc vrchy Massif is the Ostry vrch Hill (500 meters), the Baba Mountains (669 meters) and the Baske (955 meters). In this same region, you can go horseback riding, especially in the village of Motesice where race-horses are bred. From Trencin, it's possible to go to the region of the White Carpathians where there are numerous mineral springs. The most well-known are found in Kubra, Soblahov and Trencianske Mitice. Sports activities such as canoeing and swimming are available in this region as well as fishing and boating.

The CastlesThe areas around Trencin are also well-known for their fortified castles. The Beckov Castle, located southwest of Trencin, is particularly imposing. Constructed on a rock in the 13th century, this majestic castle towers above the surrounding hills and plains.

The Cachtice Castle was the home of the Countess Elisabeth Bathory in the 17th century, who, according to legend, had more than 600 young women killed during the course of 20 years.