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.
Almost nobody knows this village is one of the places which have the oldest trace of settlement (since the Paleolithic Age) in the Povazi region. The first written evidence dates back to 1208. The history of the village was closely intertwined with the medieval castle looming on mighty cliff. The castle was part of a defense castle perimeter in the Great Moravia . Stibor of Stiborice, a Hungarian nobleman of Polish origin, was the landlord of the castle in the 14th and 15th centuries. He made an important cultural center out of the village. Later there were other owners. In 1729, the lower castle burned down in fire which eventually spread over the castle itself making it a ruin. In case you are interested in castle’s history, we recommend you to visit the Ambrovci family renaissance homestead which hosts a permanent collection on the castle.
Church of Joseph the Foster Father and the adjacent Franciscan cloister, Roman-Catholic church of St Stephen the King , which is the oldest sacral building in the village (built in 1424), classicist evangelical church, Jewish cemetery, or renovated Zhupa orphanage which is today a restaurant, are among other sights to see in the village.
Craftsmen and production of alcoholic beverages, there were 5 distilleries in 19th century, were other features which made predominantly agricultural village famous. Famous persons of Slovakian life were born there. Among them the writer and Slovakian revivalist Miroslav Hurban, geologist and paleontologist Dionyz Stur, or famous painter Ladislav Mednansky .
In case you have already discovered all sights in the village, set off to its surroundings. You can visit Sychrov, Skalka u Beckova, Beckovska Skalice all of which are nature reservations. Or go to Lipovy Sad, another protected area, or to the Beckovska Cave discovered in 1983 the total length of which is 150 meters. However, it is closed to the public. Beckovske Castle Klippe is a natural sight which will certainly capture your attention.
The ruin of Chocsky nappe was formed by the Vah river’s erosion. The place is an important locality, geology-wise. The klippe serves for the purpose of training climbs. On the top, the ruin of Beckov castle is to be found being one of the greatest attractions in the region and also one of the most impressive sights in Slovakia. The view is impressive atop on the 60-meter cliff and you can also travel back in time to the age when Beckov castle hosted kings, noblemen and knights. All thanks to extensive renovation works. As mementos on the time when Turks and Tatars invaded the land are various events held throughout the year at the castle. A more insightful look into its history is here. In case you prefer a walk, then we can bring you the castle closer in our video. Anyway, we recommend you to see this village veiled into mystery by yourselves!
On the territory of the South Moravian village Mikulčice there is one of the most important archeological sites in the Czech Republic, which is undoubtedly related to the early history of our state. Hradiště belonged to the important fortifications of the settlements of Great Moravia and was one of the important centers of power and spirituality. Near Slovanské hradiště there is also a cycle path along the Morava River and a new bridge has been built there, which leads directly to the Slovak side.
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.
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.
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 set off on the wanderings in Slovakia near the village of Ladce, which is known mainly thanks to the cement plant (it was built in 1889). This is also related to the natural dominant in the form of the highest peak of Butkovské Parallel Bars - Mount Butkov, which has been conquered for decades to release its wealth in the form of limestone.
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.
Last week we started with discovering the beauties and sights of the pedestrian zone in Piestany. Today, we continue in our little sightseeing. Our first stop of today is the bridge of people in love. The bridge is close to the hospital and a visitor center.
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.
One of the most beautiful and best preserved castle ruins, which was reopened to the public on the beginning of the summer season this year after several years of extensive renovation, definitely worth a visit.
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.
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.
We left the former luxurious hotel Grand Hotel Royal and walked down Sad A Kmete street (Winter Street) which takes us through the historic center. Soon we get to the so called Berlin guest houses (Dr Cmunt).
In western Slovakia along the Vah River there is one of the oldest Slovakian places, an ancient center of market, economy and culture. A city of kings, fashion and the most known Slovakian festival. Please accept our invintation for a short walk in Trencin, a gem of center Povazi.
Trencianske Teplice is a small spa town hidden under the Strážovské Hills. Thus the town is surrounded with green hills. People from various world countries come here to for healing effects of its sulfurous springs.
Two obviously most important sightseeings of Trenčín, West Slovakian Regional town, are connected with powerful rocky cliff. It is majestic Trenčín Castle and a unique inscription from Roman time period, situated at foot of the rock.
Today we are going to visit one of the most important national cultural monuments in Slovakia - majestic mound of General Milan Rastislav Štefánik on Bradlo. Who was Milan Rastislav Štefánik and why he has got so much recognition, even after death, you could read in the previous part. Today, together we go on a little trip to his mound.