Sights > Castles > Trenčiansky hrad
Mierové námestie 46, 91250 Trenčín
GPS: 48° 53' 39" N 18° 02' 41" E
Tel.: +421 (0)32/743 44 31
The Castle of Trenčín built on top of a steep rock is one of the biggest in Europe. It was the royal castle from the 11th century. The bulky fortifying system is the result of progressive perfection of an important boundary fort, later seat of the county. It had an important role above all in time of Turkish attacks.
The existing Castle area is administered by the Museum of Trenčín. It consists of a set of palaces and its characteristic Matúšova veža tower. Apart from them, visitors also like to see the Delová bašta bastion and dungeon and 80-m deep castle well linked to the tale about Omar and Fatima. The legend says that the lord of the Castle, Štefan Zápoľský seized the beautiful Turkish princess Fatima. One Turkish prince Omar who loved Fatima arrived with a load of gold to buy Fatima off. However, the lord of the Castle demanded Omar should dig a well in the courtyard of the Castle. It took four years to Omar to extract water from the hard castle rock but the couple was given the landlords blessing afterwards.
Varied exhibitions, medieval games and attractive night sightseeing are organised at the castle throughout the year.