Discover known and hidden treasures
Trenčín and its surroundings are located in Trenčín basin right next to the river Váh. The basin is bordered in the east by Považský Inovec and Strážov mountains, in the west by the White Carpathians. Trenčín with almost 56 thousand inhabitants is the center of the region. Thanks to its location it has become an important hub of trade, economy, culture and sport. In the vicinity of Trenčín are districts of Ilava or Bánovce nad Bebravou (textile industry).
Romans on the rock. The region and its surrounding area were
marked by many historical events. Trenčín survived Roman legions,
remembers the Tartar invasion and the government of the "Lord of Váh and
Tatras" – Matúš Čák of Trenčín. The unique cultural heritage is
well-preserved - buildings at historical sites, old churches and
castles. Mountainous rocky terrain was a great place for strategically
important strongholds with an excellent view of the surroundings. The
well-preserved Trenčín castle towers above them all.
Living water. In addition to the mountains and rocks Trenčín boasts with thermal and mineral springs. The most important is the old spa Trenčianske Teplice that belonged to the owners of Trenčín castle until the 19th century. The region, especially in the White Carpathians, is rich in mineral waters and natural waters which are easily accessible using hiking trails. The dense forests of Považský Inovec and White Carpathians are abundant with deer, roe deer, wild boar, mouflon and fallow.
Pohoda festival and pilgrimage sites. The region breaths with culture and hosts lots of events, exhibitions and festivals. The most famous are the multicultural festival Pohoda, Trenčianske folklórne slávnosti in Mníchovská Lehota and the film festival in Trenčianske Teplice. Skalka nad Váhom is a famous place of pilgrimage. Nová Skalka features a Barque church with two high towers which can be seen from the road leading from Trenčín to Nemšová. Trenčín also gave birth to several famous natives like Štúr and Alexander Dubcek (both from Uhrovec) and Matúš Čák of Trenčín.
Prison for 80 gold coins. The center of Ilava was once formed only by a Gothic castle, a monastery and later a concentration camp. Ilava castle was probably founded by Templars in the 13th century. The most famous owners of the castle were Ostrošič family and Königsegg family who sold the castle for 80 gold coins to the Kingdom of Hungary in 1856. Since then it serves as a jail.