Trenčín is the main city of the western part of Slovakia called “Považie”. It lies on the longest Slovak river called the “Váh”. Because of its importance and beauty, Trencin is called “the pearl of Povazie”. Trenčín is a peaceful city with a beautiful historical centre and several suburbs. The Trenčín hockey team belongs to the best of Slovak hockey clubs, and its soccer team is in the top league as well. Generally, Trenčín is one of the wealthiest cities in Slovakia with low unemployment and quite a high standard of living. Because of its position between the mountain chains, it is likely to have windy weather. Winters are quite long, and summers are not the warmest when compared to the Slovak average temperatures. Because of new investors and a wide number of new construction projects these days, Trenčín is redeveloping itself into a new regional tourist centre in Slovakia.
Currently, Trencin has suffered a series of setbacks. High unemployment, and a bankrupt city has led to a mainly under-served services. In fact, a city pool was built in 2012 which somehow lacked even plumbing and remains an eyesore to the area. Unfortunately, the town is not near to being a wealthy city unless you count wealthy residents which there are plenty.
The nearest international airports are Bratislava (1 hour by car), Brno and Vienna, both about 2 hours) by car. The Trencin airport currently does not serve any scheduled or private traffic and is used for huge Pohoda Festival which takes places annually every July and host a range of international stars and local music bands and artists.
Trenčín is situated in the north-west of Slovakia, 120 kilometres north of Bratislava, close to the border with the Czech Republic. The main highway from Bratislava to Kosice, which is in some parts still in progress, has a direct exit to the centre of Trenčín. When taking the D1 highway from Bratislava it shouldn't be more than a one hour trip. Traveling by car to Kosice from Trenčín takes about four hours, while Banska Bystrica, which is in the middle of Slovakia, is two hours drive away.
You can take one of the frequent Intercity trains from Bratislava to Trenčín, as it is on the national main line. It takes about one hour and 5 minutes to reach Trencin from Bratislava. The trip further east to Kosice takes from 3.5 to 4.5 hours depending on which kind of train you take.
Because of the location of Trenčín in relation to other surrounding destinations, it has many buses going through it. The trip to Bratislava from Trenčín takes about two hours (the train is a better option), to Banska Bystrica takes about three hours (a bus is the fastest way) and if you want to travel to Kosice, take the train. There is a number of buses going further to destinations such as Prague, Brno, Vienna and even London.
The main station for local buses is across the road from the train station. Tickets can be bought on the bus.
Although river Vah passes through the centre of Trencin town, there is currently no scheduled river boat services. Locals swim in the river during the summer at the 'Ostrov' part.
The center is a pedestrian area. Its very small and you can easily walk from one side to another in a few minutes.
Trenčín has a rather good public transportation system although to a smaller boroughs goes is at most one bus per hour. Bus drivers sell tickets, but you can only use cash. Ticket is valid only for one journey without change and costs 0,60 €.
For schedules and map of routes see imhd.sk (also in english).
Trenčín castle is very old.
There is unique Roman inscription from the year 179 when the Roman legions led by Marcus Aurelius have winter settlement named Laugaricio there. It's written on the castle rock and it's freely accessible from within the Hotel Tatra.
Beckov Castle is a local castle ruin. It is easily reachable by bike from Trenčín.
The Hradza is a levee along the Vah river. The path is used by walkers, bikers, and rollerbladers.
The Brezina is forest which runs around the south-east of Trenčín just two minutes by walk from the city centre. It contains number of very nice, quiet and safe trails also good for biking.
On the part of the town called “Ostrov”, which is situated on the Vah river, are many choices of sport and leisure activities. Here is also The Sports Indoor Centre, providing many sports including squash. tel. 032/744 44 47
There is possibility to go canoeing on the Vah river during the Summer season. You can also lend canoe at the "Ostrov".
Fashion was a synonym to city Trenčín in the past, it was called “Trenčín the town of fashion”, as it hosted national fashion exhibitions due to its rich textile heritage and large textile companies such as Ozeta were based here. While this may have been true in the past, trencin fashion is more of big brands and less so of domestic brands. This town has many nice small shops and big shopping malls. Small traditional and independent shops are all located in the town centre. A lot of these shops create a nice look to the square. There are also fantastic Christmas market stalls in December. Both shopping and sightseeing could be done in the town centre if you are short on of time.
Shopping centers, Malls
Laugaricio- the new and largest shopping centrum. There are a lot of sport shops and there are also shops with clothes and a lot of cafés and restaurants and overall most of your needs will be catered for.
In Trenčín there are many good places where you can eat, there are some really good fast foods in the town centre, and you can have their national specialties in a roll, such as “Cigánska pečienka”, which pork roast on the split in the roll.
Although Trenčín is a small city, there are many places where you can drink. The festivities begin on Friday and Saturday night, when many people go to the city centre for entertainment.
Bars and Pubs
One big Tea room is located on the Mierové Square opposite to the Church, which is also a shop with tea stuff. There is one very good tea – Tea of Old Touaregs, green tea made from gun powder.
Čajovňa Jaipur is an oriental themed tea-house on the other side of the clocktower near the tourist info center on Hviezdoslavova 8. It has a pleasant atmosphere and friendly staff, delicious tea, non-alcoholic cocktails and sheesha pipes. They often have live music, and there is a terrace for pleasant evenings.
Trenčín is a small town, but there are a lot of places with accommodation, 4 hotels and several lodging houses
The hotel is by far the best hotel in town and is frequented by high profile local guests and most overseas and business travelers.
Trencin is quite a silent town it is very safe by European and American standards; there is not so much crime like in other parts of world, police is highly respected in town and could be met very often in downtown. But only one recommendation, stay safe of pickpockets or thieves. Take care of your wallet if you are in the bus, train and in crowded place.
Slovaks are very famous for their genuine hospitality for foreign people. They are also well known in world for they adaptability and kindness. If you have any problem with directions or anything lese try to ask the younger ones as nowadays many Slovaks speak English or other foreign languages such as German or Russian and they will be glad to help you. There is an information centre also within the centre near the Town Office on Sturove Square
There are many interesting places around Trenčín where you can go: