Exploring the Town Under the Castle on the Rock

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Fellow Steemians, today I will take you to a super cool place that you most likely haven't heard of yet. I'm taking you to a town in Slovakia built under castle that is jutting out of a singular rock. I will guide you on how to properly spend a day in such a place so you don't waste your hard earned Steem Dollars.

That place is called Trencin (pronounced Tren Chin)

I discovered Trencin, but it was not due to any travel guide or blogs - it came as a recommendation from a friend I met in Romania. Throughout my travels, I've found that Slovakia is a nation of castles and Trencin is only one of many that dominate the country's landscape.

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Trencin at Night

Travelers going by trains to other destinations can easily dismiss Trencin as just another castle on a hill in a land that has got heaps of it. They'll take their cameras out and press it on the train windows taking a couple of pictures, possibly even curious about researching it further, but they actually never get around to getting off the train to explore the quaint small town and the castle to which it was named after.

For the few travelers who do, they are rewarded with a unique place to wind down and explore. The castle sits on an enormous rock that overlooks the whole town. An imposing figure you cannot miss and you'll be tempted to go right inside the fortress.

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Just Outside of Town

Personally, however, I am more interested in how castles incorporate into the surrounding landscapes. I have never been particularly keen on going inside temples and museums. The boundaries of walls and roofs do not interest me. So it is natural for me to head directly into town square searching for great vantage points to picture the scenic castle.

I must mention that I'm a big fan of Slovakia. The people are super friendly. Even the beautiful women that look like they just walked out of magazine cover smile at you with gusto. You feel welcome and you can't help but walk with a splendid smile on your face. The vibe in Trencin is just the same. Vendors and stores seem eager and pleased to have you as a patron. The cobblestoned streets which wind its way to the corners and alleys eventually lead you into the town square.

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The Parish Stairway leading to the Castle

My girlfriend and I wandered about to get lost in its alleyways and ancient winding streets. We wound up crossing the river, picking pears and apples along the way, to get a terrific view of the castle and the city below. Fruits appear to grow tremendously and freely along the river banks. There are apples, pears, cherry-plums, and other various varieties fruits we are delighted to harvest for bites as we stroll down the banks of the river Vah, the longest river in Slovakia.

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View from the Castle

We spent the entire day circling the town, taking pictures, walking alongside the river Vah, just plain having fun. It's a really cool way to go on a date without depleting your travel funds.

Where to Stay


Parku Pension, it is conveniently situated near a park close to the railway station and main city square. Oddly there is a casino in the lobby with slot machines so if gaming is your thing this place is the place. From the window of the chambers, you may see the ramparts of the castle because the retirement has a direct view of the castle on the rock. For a single night with two beds, it is 28 Euros. Not bad for a private suite with clean beds, private baths, and a refrigerator.

Where to find food


Finding a restaurant which serves normal food seems to be an exercise in futility. All of the places we went to just served beverages and desserts. It is all about the Desserts and Slovaks enjoy their sweets! It's not unusual to discover a place that serves pastries, ice cream, or some other sweets throughout the nation.

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Panorama of Trencin

We circled around the main square several times before finally locating, Sperenza, an Italian restaurant that served food. The restaurant is near the Mestska Veza (Clock Tower) another attraction of Trencin.

Main Attractions


The Trencin Castle built on top of a Steep rock is certainly the dominant attraction in town. Trencin Castle, along with Spis and Devin, is among the greatest in Europe. The huge fortification is caused by innovative improvement for warding off Turkish attacks. It had been home to various aristocratic families. As various owners shifted, the qualities of the castle changed.

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Trencin Castle and River Vah

The Parish Stairway, another noteworthy attraction, that will lead one to inside the walls of the Castle. There is a synagogue but that also was closed so we could not explore it. There is a Roman Catholic church which jaunts up over the skyline above town just next to the castle. In the middle of town is Vodnik, a spitting statue fountain which seems to attract plenty of children.

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Main Town Square with Vodnik

If and when you do visit Trencin, I recommend that you cross the bridge across the River Vah and walk along the banks opposite the town and the Castle. It provided us with terrific views of the town and enjoyable times harvesting fruit snacks on the way.

Want to Check Out Trencin? Discuss below!

  • Trencin is just 1 hour away from Bratislava by train.
  • If you are coming in from Kosice, it takes 4 hours by train.
  • There are buses that go to Trencin but trains are the fastest and most affordable option.
  • A One night in Pension Parku -- 28 Euros.



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Some people scribble out a tiny intro and throw in a few pictures they found on google. Others, and I'm finding more and more, including you, actually take us on a journey.

Thank you. As long as people like you are willing to take me to places like Trencin I'm happy. It's obviously not as good as being there, but I'll take it.

Trust me, I'm a doctor.

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Thank you! It's too easy to get google pictures...easy sucks! Better to go there yourself and take your own pictures :)

And if you can't do that, hope some kind soul will make the trip for you.

Trust me, I'm a doctor.

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Very wonderful place to be i enjoyed tge journey!

Pretty cool!

Love that town. Have been there twice by accident.

oh yeah? I think it's a great accident :)

It was on a bike tour from Regensburg (Germany) to Žilina (700km). I did that tour together with a very good fiend back then and I was riding on a bike like this:
These where fun times! It was back in 2010!

Always down the Danube river. Its an amazing bike tour to do! And also really easy, as its always straigh.... no hills on the riverbanks!

Damn, well I'm gonna have to do that someday!

I envy you that seems like a very good place for a vacation. Thankfully your photos are very detailed, and captures the beauty of Trencin. Thanks for sharing your experience with us. Have a nice day.

Don't envy, pack up and go :) I have tips on how to travel with almost no money! I'll cover it in the future.

Really? I'll look forward to it!

Nice, didn't know Slovakia is such a great place.

it's VERY nice :)

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beautiful post love it

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Such a nice place. Hopefully i could visit it one day.

you should :)

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I really like the place. I think you and me have common pleasures :) If you bro like cities as Trencin, you should visit Szczecin in Poland. You'll really love it!

I've been to Poland! Haven't been to Szczecin though. I spent most of my time there teaching English :)

Maybe next time you can visit it :)

This is quite good a content and interestingly informative. Thanks a lot.

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great post @adonisabril
photography is awesome
your photography is different from others, the focus of views are amazing.

Trencin is very beautiful city! I'm from slovakia and I live like 40km far from Trencin. The castle is truly very beautiful. And I love to see that pleople from all over the world would like to visit slovakia. I never tought they would. Thank you.

Hey, they should visit your country! There's also the High Tatras and the huge Spis castle (I've been too as well).

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excellent tour, thanks

you're welcome

Nice. I am from Slovakia. We have a lot of castles across all the country in beautifull sceneries. If you will be near Kosice, we can meet and I'll show you the city and nearby country :-)

Ahh we just missed each other. I was at Kosice!

wow what a nice view..beautiful captures..someday i will visit there :)

From the pictures, one can easily tell they are beautiful places. It's part of the world I would like to be when I want to go on a holiday visit.

Thank you for sharing this @ adonisabril

Slovakia is less popular than other parts of Western Europe :)

Yes I know that

my God, what a gorgeous photo. thanks for the great post. very impressed.I have never thought that slovakia was such a beautiful place.really mouthwatering.I will visit once a life time.hoping soon.The view was really amazing.

It's a beautiful country with beautiful people :)

Nice place. I love the VIEW :)

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If I was to ever make it over to that region of our spinning sphere, I would have to put Trencin, Slovakia on my bucket list. :). Thank you for sharing your beautiful images of Slovakia.

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I've never been to Slovakia, but make it late in the summer this year. Thanks for sharing :)

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I prefer clouds from buildings, because clouds are able to make the building a better, nice shot comrade ,,

nice post thanks for your

It sounds lovely there. I love the colorful buildings.

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You just added another place to my bucket list. Sounds like you had an amazing time.

such a beautiful country, really i love it through your picture.
wonderful shots.

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