» SR: Smolenice – Castle Of Smolenice And Beautiful Surroundings
SR: Smolenice – Castle Of Smolenice And Beautiful Surroundings
Fabulously beautiful Smolenice castle now serves as the congress centre of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, and so many people think it is closed to the public. It is not like that.
Beautiful Smolenice castle that will surely enchant you will find above the village of Smolenice in the eastern foothills of the Little Carpathians. Its romantic silhouette, rising above the splendid English park visitors has very attractive.
Castle tours for the public
If you would like to see, however, and its interior spaces, you must come here in summer. For the public is open only during summer holidays in July and August, every day from 10am to 18pm. Admission fortunately is not too high, so don’t worry you will stay poor, after buying tickets for all family. Your little princesses will have long to remember what, though the inside will not see any really valuable historical exhibits. However, you can admire a few corridors and stylish rooms. During weekends, you may be here and meet a real princess. Many couples because the castle and courtyard spaces used to create their wedding photos, Red Salon and facilities directly to express the most important - so I take.
Castle Park - relaxation in the surrounding green
Nice large park is suitable for walking or relaxing in a quiet environment. On warm days it looks particularly young families whose kids here can enjoy themselves to the full, young couples or lovers who just lounges on blankets under the bushy tops of trees. Also, I often visited by groups of friends, who like to spend their days off, whether by playing different games or just relax on the grass. Castle Park is an ideal place for a picnic and a starting or end point of many marked hiking trails.
Hiking and biking for everyone
If you fit as a top athlete, or rather belong to those lazy ones, like me, from nearby hiking trails so you can choose. Surrounding the castle provides many opportunities to really walking, or interesting routes for cycling. In the castle you can even rent bicycles. Perhaps the most appropriate starting point for hiking around the area are under lock and key crossroads, the signpost at the municipal office or station.
Half-day tour cross Smolenice Karst
To the really nice and undemanding walks include half-day hike Smolenice Karst, during which can´t get over about 200 meters. If you go by car here, you can park in front of municipal office in Smolenice. From there, go southwest along the green trail. Soon you find yourself on a rocky pavement that relatively steeply rising. Small rocks and limestone cave you will confirm that you really are in karst areas. From the edge of the plateau below the summit of Drina, which reaches 400 m above sea level, go down quite sharply, to the entrance to the cave Drina. Since it is the only cave accessible to the public on the western Slovak Republic, it certainly would have had during your trip visit. After the inspection is necessary to connect the yellow tourist sign, which will bring you down to park resort Jahodník. This again changes the colour, this time you continue along the green trail. This results in a northwesterly direction along the road up the hill across the valley. When you find yourself at the crossroads of the Devil's trough, turn the blue tourist sign (green would bring you to the Devil's trough), which will soon lead to a meadow called Vlčiareň. Here turn left and join the trail Smolenice Karst. The trail continues through the valley Hlboča, than through important archaeological sites Molpir, to take you back to the village of Smolenice.
Here just run down to the local pub for Kofola and schedule another interesting trip around the neighborhood.
Text: O. Maňáková
Photo: O. and O. Maňáková Mažgút
At the eastern foot of the Little Carpathians near the wine-growing town of Modra, the castle colossus Červený Kámen, protruding from the wooded landscape, will fascinate you from afar. You can get here either from the village of Častá or from the neighboring village of Píla.
We will not leave the Trnava region even this Monday and visit the village of Buková, whose buildings are at the bottom of the distinctive Bukovská basin. In the eastern part of the village, the area narrows into a deep gorge surrounded by limestone hills. In the cadastre of this village there are up to five cottage areas - Závršie, Hrnčeková dolina, U Maruše, Bílá Hora and Hrudky, so it is clear at first glance that it is a popular cottage, tourist and mushroom locality.
The village of Košolná lies on the right bank of the fertile floodplain of the Parná river, approximately 12 km northwest of the district town of Trnava. The cadastral area with an area of 959 hectares in the north borders Boleráz, in the east and south with Suchá nad Parnou and in the west with the cadastre of Dlhá and Dolní Orešany.
Slovakia is a country that is characterized not only by beautiful nature, but also by a number of sacred monuments. It is a pity that they are overlooked by the number of tourists who come here. Therefore, I decided that at least in this form I will acquaint visitors to the villages of Boleráz and Klčovany with these monuments, their significance and the reason for the settlement.
Head to the 25 most beautiful castles in western Slovakia, their overview is brought to you by a new tourist guide from the family publishing house Dajama. The book Castles for Children is another engaging publication in the edition Trips with Children, which will introduce you not only to Slovak medieval gems.
One week later, we return again to the Trnava region, more precisely to the surroundings of Skalice. We will visit the popular tourist boat route, we will also go to the unique car racetrack and end the walk through this region on the wine (cycle) road.
After visiting Trnava last week, today we will set out to explore the surroundings of the picturesque region. We will visit natural places in the form of protected areas, reservations and areas, medieval gems and we will not miss the views from above of this beautiful part of Slovakia.
The Trnava region is located in the western part of the Slovak Republic. The area is the second smallest, but it offers more than enough tourist attractions. Lovers of history can take a tour of Trnava, for those who like spa, we recommend a visit to Piešťany, Velký Meder or Galanta, for gourmets and lovers of specific architecture Skalice and for pilgrims is definitely a picturesque stop Šaštín-Stráže.
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.
After a short break yet again we went for a walk the Small Carpathian Mountains. This time we visited Hlbocianska valley near he town of Smolenice.
Beautiful Adamovska lakes belong to the Gbely town disctrict. The lakes are popular mostly among people that want to recreate and people who own cottages. Also several thousand water birds made this place their oasis. A visitor can observe them from nearby observation post.
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 live in the western Slovak or just going there for a few days to visit family or friends, we have another tip for you, where you can spend a pleasant spring day.
Last week we made a tour from Dechtice to the church and monastery of St Catherine. This nice stroll inspired us to make another trip – this time to Dobra Voda town, couple of kilometers away. The town boasts with a beautiful ruin of a castle and Jan Holly.
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.
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.
In our today’s journey across Slovakia we visit a remarkable ruin located in the region of Trnava only 3 kilometers from Dechtice. People call it Katarinka yet its official name is church and monastery of Saint Catherine of Alexandria.
A picturesque Slovak countryside is to be characterized by extraordinary high number of castles. According to some statistics, its density there is the highest one in Europe! If we could put down all buildings, including those that ceased to exist, where it could be difficult to discover some stones at leats, its number could reach two hundred units!
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