SK, Mala Trna – Unique Observation Tower
Mala Trna village is to be found in Trebisov district, at the foot of Zemplinske Hills. The village is the heart of Tokaj wine region. The history of the settlement dates back 5 thousand years BCE. This adds to the claims of its strategic location. Tourists may see here landmarks such as a Renaissance church, or 18th century chateau, which is unfortunately in bad condition. However, the most interesting here is a new tourist sight built in 2015 – 12-meter observation tower.
The tower is of atypical shape. It resembles a wooden wine barrel. It is lcoated right amidst vineyards between the villages of Mala Trna and Cernochov. The tower consists of steel core to which wooden plates add. The tower is 13 meters high. The observation platform is situated at 12 meters. There are 900 joins and up to 1800 nuts. Staircase running up the core of the tower, will get you to its top. The tower sits on cocrete foundations.
Once you reach the top, amazing vista over the wavy Tokaj region terrain and its vineyards will open before you. Here you may use binoculars, or read information panels. The tower, which is unique in its architectonic style, also features illumination at night. It adds to its beauty and it also offer visitors unique experience to see the region of Tokaj at night.
As the Slovakian area of the Tokai region was chosen to become a part of UNESCO's world herritage be sure to visit the surroundings of this attraction. We recommend you to have some tastings at local wineries situated at historic or modern cellars. Also you can visit some of the local museums, Folk Traditions House, or you may cross the river Bodrog.
Text: Oskár Mažgút
Photos: HIK, o.z.
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