Trencin traces its origins as a Roman military colony. During the latter part of the middle ages (1412), it became a royal free city. At the center and high of the town is an imposing fortified castle that towers above the city. Built in the 11th century the castle passed through several owners who continued modifying and building the castle through the 14th century. The castle is properly maintained and well renovated. The old town below houses a few cafes and restaurants with historic churches and fountains.
Trencin the City under the Castle
Located at the foot of the Strazovske vrchy hills on the banks of the Vah River, Trencin is deserving a visit if you’re a nature lover or a history lover. You can easily reach it by train from Bratislava in less than two hours and worth at least a day or half a day’s visit. Accommodations are relatively cheap compared to the rest of Central Europe and most people speak English.
Trencin is really small. I recommend you don’t bother with a map and just try to get lost in the city, that’s way more fun than fussing with a map. You’ll know if you really get lost once you see the castle on top of the hill. It’s the most prominent one in the area and you can’t miss it.
Crossing the river Vah presents some impromptu hiking opportunities. You can follow its banks up river or down the river to and go with the flow, picking fruits from various fruit trees that grow along the way. From the river, the castle and the town below create various photographic opportunities that were ripped out of a fairy tale book cover.
If you’d like to read more about it, I’ve written a guest post at Etramping on spending A day in Trencin, Slovakia!
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