Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Trencin, Slovakia

Trencin is a small town just south of the border between the Czech Republic and Slovakia. It is a very cute town with a significant view of enormous Trencin Castle on the hilltop. The castle is said to be the largest in Central Europe.

The history of the castle goes back to the time of the Roman Empire. There have been many different owners. The region was conquered by a Polish king, a Hungarian king, and owned by different royal families, etc.

The castle was once burned down in 1790 along with the entire town. It was only in the 19th century that the town of Trencin flourished again. During WWII, Nazis occupied the town and a prison camp was placed there until Soviet troops captured it in 1945.

Trencin Castle has been renovated and has been serving as a museum exhibiting historic items such as weapons, pictures, and furniture. The tour is only in Slovak unfortunately but there are "some" explanations in English on the walls.

The exhibition was not something that we were interested in, but it was good to walk around the site (you need to pay for the tour in order to get in). You may, however, also just enjoy the sight of beautiful castle from below. Most of the stores were closed when we were there as it was on Saturday, but it seemed like it would be a wonderful place to hang out during the spring-summer time. It would be just nice to sit at the square and to enjoy the view of the castle with a cup of coffee.

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