Travel to Slovakia
Day 1 Barcelona - Vienna - Svaty Jur - Červený Kameň - Smolenice (123 km)
We depart from Barcelona to Vienna with Austrian Airlines flight. At the airport we rented a car at the cheapest company we found: Megadrive. Once in the car we started our way across the border in Slovakia (and buying the sticker to travel on Motorways of the country). The Small Carpathians are the first part of the Carpathians, extending for about 60 km from Bratislava. The southern slopes of Small Carpathians offer an ideal place for growing grapes.The wine route of the Little Carpathians is the largest winery region of Slovakia and links the cities of Bratislava and Trnava, through three small towns during the Middle Ages were free privileges of real cities, precisely because of its wines: Svaty Jur (St. George), Pezinok and Modra. The wine route of the Little Carpathians joins wine with food, beautiful scenery and rich history. The wine route of the Little Carpathians came together with food, beautiful scenery and rich history. Pezinok is known for its white, while Modra is known for its dry reds.
(in 83 Km.) Svatý Jür: Its name means St. George. In the main square kept houses typical winelands. The most notable landmark is the Gothic church of St. George, built in the thirteenth century. The sandstone altar (carved from a single block of stone, of St. George attacking the dragon), 1527 is an example of a transition between Gothic and Renaissance styles. The windows were designed by Janko Alexy in 1950. The wooden bell tower XVII century protects a bell from 1400. At the outskirts are the ruins of the Castle Biely Kamen (white stone).
(in 6,6 Km.) Pezinok: We don't had enough time to walk through this city, but I will comment the most interesting places to visit. Pezinok is the following city in the wine route that thrives mainly in viticulture and agriculture, as well as brick-making and production of cerámicas. Here visit their main square and if you can the wine museum in the region. In the basement of City Hall will find a good place to taste good wines. In Pezinok find the museum of the Little Carpathians. It is located in a residential house of the Renaissance, 1739. Includes the following permanent exhibitions: History of Pezinok (from its first written, the history and the town of Pezinok, feudal justice, crafts, etc..) And History of wine production and grape growing in the region Small Carpathians (with a large collection of wine presses).
(in 16 Km.) Červený Kameň castle (Red stone): It is located over the village of Časta. It is mentioned since the thirteenth century and was part of the castles that protected the Carpathians from Bratislava to Žilina (over 200 km long). The original castle disappeared in mid-sixteenth when their new owners, Fugger family built a new castle with four large towers surrounding it. Its four towers were a very sophisticated defense system. They had solved the air intake after the shooting. The building of the castle was finished by the last owner Mikulas Pálfy building two new floors. Pálfy family was owner of the castle until the end of World War II.
Be reached on foot from the parking lot, past the patio of falconry (shows 12:15, 14:15 and 16:15), where you can freely access the outside walls or enjoy a coffee in the courtyard. There are visitors who tour the castle, basement included. Most of the rooms are arranged as if the Pálffy family had just emerged. The huge basement, 78 x 9 meters in length and width can be hired for any kind of celebration. This is where it is noted that iron oxide has been dyed red rock, giving name to the castle.
(in 17 Km.) Smolenice: We slept in this village notable for its castle (which in turn is a hotel and conference center.) Built in the early twentieth century on the ruins of a fourteenth century castle. The original castle was built in the fourteenth century as the last of the castles that guarded the pass of Small Carpathians. In the fifteenth century belonged to the king, then belongings to the counts of Svaty Jur and Pezinok. In the late eighteenth century the castle was abandoned and burned in the nineteenth century, the castle was only pentagonal tower and the towers of the outer fortifications. At the entrance of the village is the cave of Driny. It is a karst cave type. The walk through the cave is 680 meters long and takes about 35 minutes. The cave is located at a depth of 40 meters. In the cave there is an average temperature of 7 degrees Celsius. We stayed at Penzion Agnes, where we received an excellent reception. It is fully recommended accommodation!!!