Trenčín Castle

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Trenčín , Slovakia
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Spreadeagled domineeringly over a cliff above the Old Town, Trenčín's castle ranks as one of Slovakia's most impressive. Added to over virtually a millennium, much of what you see today is reconstruction – most recently from the 20th century – although there are remnants a-plenty dating to the earliest days. The lower echelons can be explored solo but to enter the keep and other furnished buildings you'll need a guide.

First noted in a Viennese chronicle of 1069, Trenčín Castle developed through the centuries until 1790 when it was damaged by fire.

From the town, climb stairs to reach the lowest level of fortifications and commanding views of the Váh River plain. Two levels higher, via a shop and eateries, you enter the towers and furnished palaces with one of the frequent tours (75 minutes, in Slovak only; call two days ahead to arrange English-speaking guides). The most evocative time to visit is during festivals or on one of the castle's summer evening two-hour torchlight tours – complete with medieval sword fighting and staged frolics. Wonderful Brezina Forest Park – good for a stroll – lies alongside.