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SK, Cachticke Carpathians: Climbing Up Maly and Velky Plesivec – VIDEO
On this day we are about to explore the Cachticke Carpathian Mountains. Velky Plesivec is our objective. It is surrounded by a nature reserve of the same name. It's importance lays not solely in its beauty but in its natural characteristics as well.
The town of Cachtice became our point of start. Yet you may start in the small village of Hrachoviste as well. However, here count with more complicated way to get there, despite its proximity to the summit. A yellow tourist trail starts at firefight station in Hrachoviste and down the road it joins a blue tourist trail.
Let's get back to Cachtice. The road up to the top, a green tourist trail, goes to Cachtice Castle. At the castle we join a blue tourist trail which goes slightly uphill. The trail goes through the forest. Below the summit we spot an unmarked turn to Maly Plesivec. It is quite rocky lower summit. It is a great vantage point from which we enjoy vistas over the landscape. Upon returning to the tourist trail, we move on to our goal. Soon we observe the summit cross with a depiction of Jesus Christ. Close to this there is a pole with national flag. On the pole, there is a box with the book of records. Around it you can see limestone rocks emerging from the ground.
Grassy summit (steppe vegetation) opens a surprising and enchanting vista over the Povazi region. Thanks to an infomap on the summit we recognize the valley of Vah, the Povazsky Inovec mountain range, the summits of Zaruba, Zobor, and Velka Jarovina. Also we see Cachtice Dam, Slnava or Jaslovske Bohunice nuclear power plant. Next we see Piestany, Vrbove, Beckov, Trencin, Tematín, Podolie, and many more villges and towns.
What catches one's attention the most are the castles. Alegedly, seven are visible from the top. We counted three to four (Castle Cachtice, Trencin Castle, Beckov Castle, and Tematin Castle). The summit is popular for paragliders as well.
A tour with breaks took us about four hours. Even an unexperienced hiker can manage it. The trail is open all year round.
As soon as you enter the Trenčín region, you will find yourself in Matouš's kingdom, which is named after the most powerful ruler and Hungarian nobleman named Matúš Čák Trenčianský. In this kingdom, you can not only admire the beauty of nature and historical monuments, but also visit villages, towns, restaurants and hotels, which work together to offer services and traditions so that everyone feels at home.
Today we invite you for a trip just outside the Czech-Slovak border, at the foot of the Little Carpathians. Our base was the Diana Hotel in Nové Město nad Váhom, from which beautiful castles in the fabulous and gentle countryside of the Central Považie are easily accessible.
The ruin of Ostry Kamen castle stood once as a guardian of the so called Bohemian Road. The ruin is near Bukova, Trnava country. Its history isn’t as deep and as rich as in case of other castles nevertheless it is a popular place for tourists to see. And we went there as well.
The castle that once guarded the Vah river valley is easy to spot. It would be a missed oportunity to not to make a stop there. The town of Trencin itself is worth a trip. Throughout the centuries the city, one of the three oldest in Slovakia, emerged around the castle. Today we take a closer look at it.
Slovakia is a country that is rich in castles, chateaus, and small castles. We could count hundreds of them here. We planned couple of trips for our free time. One of them took us back in time to the middle ages. We saw mysterious Cachticky castle.
The region of Povazi offers many sights, natural as well as man-made. Today we visit one of the latter – Beckov castle is the most attractive sight in Beckov village which is near Nove Mesto nad Vahom.
On this day, we take you to the realm of small scaled models of castles, chateaux, native houses of many of Slovakia's famous personalities, observation towers, churches, and other types of strucutres.
The Region of Trencin is full of many landmarks hidden in nature. An example of such fusion os Brezova pod Bradlom, a town of 5 thousand situated at the foothills of the Small Carpathians. Bradlo hill rises above the town. On it, there is the burial mould of Milan Rastislav Štefánik who was born in Kosariska.
The Small Carpathian Mountains are not the highest mountain range in Slovakia. Nevertheless, they have a lot to offer. There are many interesting and picturesque nooks. From some peaks there are magnificent views of the landscape. However, the visitor will be enchanted by deep forests, caves, or many rock formations along the ridges.
Since the time immemorial people were attracted to high places so they can have a view over surrounding landscape. Observation towers emerged quickly in central Europe, mostly in the second half of the 19th century and at the beginning of the 20th century. There are countless towers in Slovakia and it can be claimed some more will be constructed every year.
If you like tourism and beautiful trips come and join us for one easy walk to the Small Carpathian mountains. We start at Plavecky Mikulas village. There are several marked tourist trails going on into the landscape.
You may go into the Small Carpathians anytime of the year. Tourist trails will lead you to interesting places. In this article, we tell you about one of possible hikes in winter hikes up Skalnata, one of the seven-hundred-meter peaks in this mountain range.