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Trenčín [3] is an old town in Western Slovakia. It is a beautiful old historic city, with a population of over 50,000.

Trencin castle.jpg


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.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

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.

By car[edit]

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.

By train[edit]

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.

By bus[edit]

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.

By boat[edit]

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.

By foot[edit]

Get around[edit]

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The center is a pedestrian area. Its very small and you can easily walk from one side to another in a few minutes.

Public transportation[edit]

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 (also in english).

See[edit][add listing]

  • Trenčín Castle

Trenčín castle is very old.

  • Executioner's House, Matusova Ul. 14;
  • Roman inscripion from the year 179

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

Beckov Castle is a local castle ruin. It is easily reachable by bike from Trenčín.

Do[edit][add listing]


Bike Trips[edit]

  • Hradza on the Vah

The Hradza is a levee along the Vah river. The path is used by walkers, bikers, and rollerbladers.

  • Brezina

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

  • Municipal indoor swimming pool - Mládežnícka 3, tel. 032/ 744 36 22


  • Tennis courts – Karpatská ulica, open daily during the summer season. Tel. 0905 981 257
  • Tichá ulička – Tel. 0905 626 523
  • Ostrov – open daily during the Summer season, Tel. 0908 526 943


  • Fitness Gabrhel - Opatovská cesta 676, tel. 032/743 15 03
  • Fitness Gabrhel - Gen. Svobodu 1, tel. 032/640 07 52
  • Fit Centrum - club - Šnajdr - Mládežnícka, tel. 032/743 14 35
  • Body building P + D Jarábek - Lavičková 3472, tel. 0903 220 080


  • Outdoor swimming pool - Mládežnícka 2, tel. 032/743 27 44
  • Outdoor swimming pool - Zlatovská cesta, tel. 032/652 30 74
  • Municipal indoor swimming pool - Mládežnícka 3, tel. 032/ 743 48 13


There is possibility to go canoeing on the Vah river during the Summer season. You can also lend canoe at the "Ostrov".

Cultural activities[edit]


  • Cinemax - ZOC MAX, it is a complex consisted of four cinemas in one shopping centre called Max on the Stefanikova street.
  • Metro – Cinema in the heart of the city on the main square. They use to play non-commercial movies from different countries worldwide.

Art Museums[edit]

  • Galeria M. A. Bazovskeho,Palackeho Ulica 27
  • Municipal gallery, Mierové námestie 22. Gallery hosts naive and professional artists from Trencin region.
  • Trenčín Museum, Mierové námestie 46. Museum is situated just at the beginning of the main square coming from hotel Tatra by the left hand. It is generally presenting the history of Trencin and has nice exposition of animals as well. Music undertakings often provided.

Music Festivals[edit]

  • Pohoda Music Festival [4] This is the big event that everyone looks forward to. July.

Buy[edit][add listing]

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[edit]

  • Max –gen. M.R. Štefánika 426, there are a lot of cafés and small shops, located 1km from the train and bus station.
  • Baumax, Big Boxes and Tesco - Električná 911 01 Trenčín, are on the other side of the town from MAX. There are some good shops, and also some cheap ones. however if you want quality then go to the Peace Square.
  • Južanka Shopping Centre – it is located in the residetial part of town which is called “Juh”. This is a local centre, small and not as big as MAX.

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.

Eat[edit][add listing]

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.


  • U Sanera this restaurant is very popular because they are serving huge portions of meal for good price, but they are cooking only Slovak meals
  • Gazdovska very popular restaurant in the centre near “Peace Square”


  • Cinema Movies Club it is restaurant and dancing club too, advantage is that they are serving meals during the night
  • Papa´s Garden located near the fountain of waterman, they are serving meals like Kebab, Gyros and so on…
  • Basta this restaurant is located on the place called “Ostrov (island)” and only this one restaurant is opened all day and all night.
  • Giacomo Pizzeria typical Italian pizza with everything what belongs to it, they are also serving pasta and salads. This pizzeria is very close to Restaurant U Sanera.


  • Retro Restaurant[5] Very clean, good service, they have very good meals and the prices are quite good, also every weekend there's live music.
  • Restaurant Fatima is on the way up to the Castle, very nice
  • Elizabeth Hotel is absolutely excellent it has never been out of the top 10 hotels in Slovakia and does an very nice all you can eat breakfast for 150 Kc

Drink[edit][add listing]

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[edit]

  • Life Music small pub with good background, students are meeting there especially on Friday and Saturday
  • Steps Pub and Cocktail Bar – http:/ located near the town tower pub for “higher class” hockey players and other people like this, no fee during weekends, best sound and light system, drinks are quite expensive, but nobody under 18.
  • Cinema Movies Club – very good place for entertainment on Friday and Saturday, during the week it is the restaurant. No entrance fee to disco, drinks are cheap, and also society is middle class.

Tea Rooms[edit]

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.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Trenčín is a small town, but there are a lot of places with accommodation, 4 hotels and several lodging houses


  • Penzion u Svorada, Palackého 84/4, ++421 32 7430 332, [1]. Private economy rooms adjoined to a student building located centrally. From €20 for a twin bed simple room, to €30 for a twin room with a fridge and en-suite shower  edit.
  • Elephant`s Castle Hostel, Mierové námestie 37, +421 908 821 174 (), [2]. The only hostel located in the historical center, right underneath the Trencin castle. Prices between €15 - 20.  edit
  • Ostrov camping [6], basic camping situated near the lake Vah, swimming pool and sport hall are close to that camp. It's good for anglers, fishermen, and people with boats and water scooters.

Lodging Houses[edit]

  • Harmonia [7] very small and very close to main road also has a kitchen but it has only *** site
  • Formula [10] Nice Lodging house with good kitchen near the City University
  • Magnolia [11] Very nice outside of town centre also with kitchen


  • Hotel Pod hradom*** [15], Matúšova ulica 12/68 situated behind the “Mierove Square” it is close to the castle.
  • Hotel Brezina** [16] Somer a.s., Lesopark Brezina 911 00, this hotel is located in the Brezina forest, it is surrounded with beautiful nature


  • Hotel Elizabeth ( Formerly Hotel Tatra) ****, M. R. Štefánika 2, [17]. National Monument, hotel was built in the year 1900, hotel provides high quality service, lovely accommodation, excellent bars and restaurants. The hotel is also famous for the old inscription message on the walls of the castle. The message was left Roman forces in 179 AD and is one of the oldest mentions of the City which was than names Laugaricio. It is also the northern-most point of where Roman leagions stayed in that period in the central Europe area.

The hotel is by far the best hotel in town and is frequented by high profile local guests and most overseas and business travelers.

  • Grand Hotel***, Palackého 24 close to the "Peace Square"


  • Internetova kaviaren, Braneckého 6; Hours: Monday - Friday 9 AM - 10 PM, 12 PM - 10 PM.
  • Internet Modra linka, Štúrovo námestie 11; Hours: Monday - Saturday: 10 AM - 10 PM, Sunday: 12 PM - 10 PM
  • Hajex Cafe, Palackého 17; Hours: Monday - Friday: 10 AM - 9 PM, Saturday: Closed, Sunday: 3 PM - 9 PM.

Stay safe[edit]

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

Get out[edit]

There are many interesting places around Trenčín where you can go:

  • Trenčianske Teplice: very quiet international spa town, many foreign tourists visit this small town
  • Beckov old ruins of great castle
  • Lešná, near town Zlín in Czech Republic there is very big Zoo, and it is popular because of animals being free in the wild
  • Inovec highest hill in mountains around Trenčín nice panorama view and also good place for skiing
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