In this off-the-beaten- track ruin exploration day trip, you can visit a number of hidden medieval castles and learn about the history of the region. Tourist crowds and souvenir shops not to be expected ! Slovakia is a country with unexpectedly high density of castles and castle ruins. Hundreds of them are hidden in Carpathian forests, built as a protection against Tatar invasions in 13th century, serving for the next 500 years. Are you up to this wonderful medieval trip challenge ?
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- Pajštún Castle
- Plavecký Castle
- Dobrá Voda Castle
- Čachtice Castle
- Branč Castle
Short tour (5 hours)
2 castle ruins explored. A) Pajštún: proudly standing above Little Carpathian forests with splendid views, destroyed by Napoleon. 1 hour hike included. B) Plavecký castle, in operation 1256 - 1703, views to forested Záhorská lowland. 1 hour hike included. Pleasant landscape and drink in local pub included, too.
Long tour (10 hours)
4 castle ruins explored. A) Dobrá Voda, gothic ruin in pine tree forest, after fire in 1762 serving as a prison for half a century. 1 hour walk. B) Čachtice, seat of the cruel countess Bathory, taking bath in the blood of young virgins. Amazing views to surrounding rural landscape. C) Branč castle, fired by Turks in 18th century, located in Myjava region rich for folk culture. D) Plavecký castle, in operation 1256 - 1703, views to forested Záhorská lowland. 1 hour hike included. During the long tour, we have authentic lunch in local restaurant included.
Please note: a 1 hour hike is included for both the long and short tours. Comfortable (mostly air-conditioned) cars - VW, Peugeot, BMW - are used for transit on this tour for your comfort and safety.