Strecno Castle

Strecno Castle

Strecno Castle
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Dr Dave E
Chiang Mai, Thailand47 contributions
Solo
Superb partially-restored Gothic castle, just steeped in history. the (tiny) 3 Euro entrance fee includes a 40-minute guided tour which is fabulous, and if you don't speak Slovakian ask for one of the many laminated guide sheets in other languages which are loaned for free. Because of the narrowness of the inside of the building there is no free roaming about for visitors, it just would not work on safety and congestion levels, a guide opens the door at set times and if your ticket has that time printed on it, in you go. Fascinating museum displays with some very impressive set-pieces and two amazing models, one of how the castle looked like at its peak, and one of how it looked like about 30 years ago when restoration work began. Plenty to do outside the main tower while waiting, there some of the outside of the castle to look at, and some astonishing mountain and valley views over the river far below. Car park is at the bottom of the hill (there is a small charge for this) with a snack bar and souvenir shop. I did this as a day trip from Zilina, on a weekend, and public transport is sporadic then, so check ahead. Completely unsuitable for anyone with mobility problems, it is a steep walk uphill to the castle, impossible to push a wheelchair up it, and very hard with sticks, and once you are there, well, it's a castle- uneven ground, stone steps, spiral staircases, narrow doorways etc. Not terribly exciting for younger children, i would guess,and buggy access is hard (see comment for wheelchairs). I am a professional historian and a definite castle and museum-freak, and this one had me smiling the whole time, a super place to spend an afternoon!
Written October 20, 2012
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Jacqueline B
Vancouver, WA264 contributions
Friends
Beautiful ruins of a gothic castle overlooking Strenco Village. Great tour guide who spoke for us in English. Had a lovely surprise at the end of tour, when a gentleman played Mozart for us in the restored chapel. It sounded fantastic! 71 steps to the top of the tower affords a 360 degree gorgeous view of the village, mountains,and valleys. Stunning and historically very interesting.
Written July 9, 2013
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janag_travel
Zilina, Slovakia92 contributions
Friends
Beatifull view of surroundigs and river Vah.Nice exposition inside to castle, sometimes with special covering program. Under to castle is situeted medieval village with craft demonstratin.
Written August 6, 2015
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Bojar V
Colorado, United States19 contributions
Family
Loved the castle..... That being said, everything else was terrible. It seems, this place is privately owned (I may be wrong in this), and when I and my two sons came, after purchasing the tickets and asking an employee if we can take photographs, another employee, ( the 'guide') accused us of trying to fraudulently do this (apparently there is an additional fee for the 'privilege' of taking photos, which we didn't know), when I tried to correct this by offering to pay the difference, this woman just insisted (screamed), that we were there totally illegally without any tickets at all....??? Quite an embarrassing behavior on her part.... Get a grip lady....! Couldn't even finish the tour, didn't get our tickets refunded in addition to the unfortunate scene... Worst part of our visit of Slovakia...But maybe she got fired since..?
Written June 23, 2012
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165doherty
Dublin, Ireland9 contributions
we joined a group for a Slovak tour but the young guide was happy to answer questions in english.
Great building and fantastic views from the top.
after go across the river on the raft with your car and drive to the panoramic restaurant for a bite to eat
Written July 20, 2019
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pwerny
Czech Republic34 contributions
Family
The amazing place, where the castle is situated. The castle is situated on the top of 103 metre tall rock over the river Vah. Very beautiful view...
Written August 27, 2016
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Cian D
Cork, Ireland10 contributions
Friends
An enjoyable half-day spent at Strecno. Tour lasts about an hour, and included a surprise musical performance in the castle's chapel. I'm not sure if this is in tours all of the time, or if I just got lucky on the day. Laminated information sheets are given in a variety of languages, very handy if your guide is speaking Slovak and you don't understand. Views over the valley are brilliant from the castle.
Not an easy castle to get to for the mobility-impaired, involves a moderately steep walk up a cobbled road. For most Strecno is well worth the effort, barely disturbed since the council acquired it and with a real medieval atmosphere to it. If you were to imagine a dramatic castle ruin in the mountains of Slovakia, this is probably pretty close to what you were thinking.
Written August 26, 2015
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David O
Siem Reap, Cambodia520 contributions
Couples
We visited Strecno while touring the region and were really impressed with castle and the amazing views. Its a great day out with friends and family. I will recommend this place to friends.
Written August 9, 2015
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igorC73si
Slovenian Littoral Region, Slovenia185 contributions
Family
During our trip through Slovakia we stopped to visit Strecno Castle. We had a fortune to reach the castle by the cable raft over the near river that was an experience with for the kids (2,5,8). Ti get to the castle there are app 20 min. of easy walking from the working situated on the river side. On the way to the castle there is a very small etno village with a kids playground. At the time of our visit n the village was held the presentation of medieval blacksmith shop, decoration and jewelry production and some more things.

The castle is visitable only as a guided tour... In the visiting group we were the only English speaking visitors, the guide was very kind and after the general explanation in every room / part of the castle dedicated some time to us to and replied to all our questions. after the visit he gave us a lot of valid suggestions for some other sightseeing.

There was made a lot of work on the renovation, the castle offers a lot of interesting things to see, with some amazing panoramic view. At the time of our visit in a chapel a musician had a performance on the harp. It was one of the most wonderful experience during our visit to Slovakia will recommend to all medieval history lovers.
Written March 24, 2019
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Milan T
Povazska Bystrica, Slovakia547 contributions
Solo
Easy way by walking you can be after 15 minutes on Strečno Castle, where you can see some historical expositions, or from the top of castle you can have a nice view around.But if you want to see more and you are average tourist, you can walk from parking to sightseeing tower Špičák , which takes about 40 minutes but it will pay off compared to beautiful views.This trip I can recommend for all which have a pleasure in nature.
Written October 16, 2018
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