Trencin guide Slovakia

Sights and attractions - What should you not miss in Trenčín? Trenčín Castle, executioner's house,...

Accommodation - Tips for popular accommodation in a guesthouse with a garden or close to the station, in a luxurious 4* hotel or in an apartment.

Typical food and drink - What you should try in Trenčín - Živana roast or perhaps bean soup with cream.

Practical tips - Here you will learn the best way to get to Trenčín, about local customs and festivals.

Weather - What temperatures can you expect in Trenčín during the year? When does it rain the most and when do the fogs appear?

Celebrities - Which famous hockey players come from Trenčín? What about other celebrities?

Poem AI - What an artificial intelligence wrote about this historic city with a massive castle?

Trenčín castle
Trenčín Castle

Trenčín is located in the northwestern part of Slovakia, close to the border with the Czech Republic. The city lies on the Váh River and is surrounded by the Strážovské vrchy and Považský Inovec.

Trenčín is one of the oldest cities in Slovakia. The first written mention dates back to 1111. The city has a rich history, dating back to the days of the Roman Empire, as evidenced by the famous inscription on the castle rock from 179 AD, when the Roman legions stayed here.

The city is dominated by Trenčín Castle, which rises on a rocky hill above the city. One of the largest and best-preserved castles in Slovakia dates from the period of the Great Moravian Empire. The castle complex contains several buildings, including Matthew's Tower, from where you can enjoy a wonderful view of the city and its surroundings.
In the city, you can admire historical monuments such as the city gate, the Piaristic church from the 18th century, a Moorish-style synagogue and the executioner's house.

Various cultural events and festivals are also organized in Trenčín. The Pohoda music festival, one of the largest and most famous music festivals in Slovakia, takes place here every year. The city also hosts various markets, exhibitions and theater performances.

Trenčín is an important economic center of the region with a developed industry, including engineering, textile and food industry. The city also benefits from tourism thanks to its rich history and cultural monuments. The surroundings of Trenčín also attract tourists. The nearby Strážovské vrchy and Považský Inovec offer many hiking and cycling routes. In winter, many skiers head to the area.

There are several primary and secondary schools in Trenčín, as well as the Alexander Dubček University of Trenčín, which offers a wide range of study programs.

Trenčín is an important transport hub. You can get here easily by both road and rail transport. The D1 highway connects Trenčín with Bratislava and Žilina. Several railway lines also pass through the city, which ensure good connections with other parts of Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

Sights and attractions

Trenčín Castle - The mighty castle rises on a rocky hill above the town. It dates back to the 11th century and is one of the largest and best preserved castles in Slovakia. Here you can see Matthew's tower, the barracks, the palaces, the well of love or perhaps the viewing terrace with a panoramic view of the city and its surroundings. The castle also hosts various cultural events and exhibitions.

Trenčín Castle
Trenčín Castle

Matúš's Tower - The highest tower of Trenčín Castle named after Matúš Čák Trenčanský, an important Hungarian nobleman and ruler of western Slovakia. It offers breathtaking views of the city and surroundings.

Piarist Church of St. Francis Xavier - Baroque church built in the 18th century, one of the most important religious buildings in Trenčín. In the interior you can admire the rich decoration, altars, organs and frescoes.

Piarist Church of St. Francis Xavier
Piarist Church of St. Francis Xavier

City tower - Historic tower, part of the original city fortifications. They built it in the 14th century. It served as a defensive tower and a voice. When you go up to the top of the tower, you will have a wonderful view of the historic center of Trenčín.

Parish Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary - Gothic church, one of the oldest in Trenčín, built in the 14th century. Visitors can admire the original Gothic elements, frescoes and the altar.

Trenčian Synagogue - Synagogue built at the beginning of the 20th century in the style of Moorish architecture. Visitors here will be attracted by the beautiful facade, interior and exhibitions dedicated to Jewish history and culture.

Executioner's House - A historic building that served as the town executioner's residence. Here you will find an exposition dedicated to the history of punishment and the administration of justice in the Middle Ages.

Romanov inscription - Ancient Roman inscription on the castle rock, which commemorates the stay of the Roman legions in 179 A.D. One of the oldest epigraphic monuments in Slovakia testifies to the ancient history of the region.

Trenčín city center
Trenčín city center

Green Gate - Part of the medieval city fortifications. The gate served as the entrance to the city. Here you can see part of the historical walls and defense systems.

Trenčianske múzeum - Museum located in the premises of the castle and in some buildings in the city. The exhibitions focus on the archaeology, history, ethnography and art of the Trenčín region.

Forest park Brezina - An extensive forest park on a hill above the city, ideal for walking and recreation. Visitors can use hiking and cycling trails, viewpoints and sports facilities here.

Tip for a trip to the area

Trenčianské Teplice – a picturesque spa town famous for its thermal springs is located not far from Trenčín. The spa area is beautifully set in the natural environment of the Strážovské vrchy, which offers visitors not only health, but also recreational experiences in the form of walks and tourist trips. The architecture of the city combines historical buildings with modern spa facilities, among the most famous are the Turkish baths Hammam, built in the style of oriental luxury.

Spa in Trenčianské Teplice
Spa in Trenčianské Teplice


In Trenčín, you can stay in one of more than 80 accommodations. Apartments are the most represented, followed by guest houses and hotels. You will also find several accommodations with a swimming pool.

Among the most luxurious accommodations is the 4* Hotel Magnus Trenčín, which is located a short distance from the city center and the castle. In addition to a rich breakfast, you can enjoy the wellness center with steam sauna and whirlpool, bowling or parking in the garage for free. The local restaurant offers both local specialties and international dishes.

Penzión Tiberia is among the most popular accommodations. You can find it less than a kilometer from the city center. The pension is surrounded by a summer garden with barbecue facilities. At the 24/7 reception, they will be happy to advise you on where to go on a trip, rent a bike or arrange an airport transfer. The Březina forest park begins a short distance from the guesthouse.

A cheaper accommodation option is offered, for example, by Penzion Pri Parku. It is located next to the city park, a short distance from the center and only 100 meters from the bus and train station, which makes it ideal for those arriving by train or bus.

If you prefer to stay in apartments with your own kitchen, check out Dohnanyi Villa by Chors. In the villa you can admire temporary art exhibitions. Guests have at their disposal a garden with a sun terrace, a garden fireplace or perhaps a sauna.

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Typical food and drink

In addition to the typical Slovak food as brynz dumplings, cabbage stew or goulash, which we wrote about in the Bratislava guide, we can mention here, for example:

Živaň roast – a dish made from pork, potatoes, sausage, bacon, onions and possibly other vegetables. Everything is baked or grilled together, wrapped in foil. One variant is the Živáňská needle.

Local pork meal
Local pork meal

Bean soup - Traditional bean soup often cooked with smoked meat and vegetables, usually with the addition of cream.

She also often cooks sweet dishes here, such as buns or lox.

Practical advice for the trip

How to get to Trenčín? The city is located on the D1 highway, which connects Bratislava and Žilina. The journey from Bratislava takes approximately 1.5 hours. Trenčín is an important railway junction with regular connections to Bratislava, Žilina and other cities. The main train station is located near the city center, as well as the bus station. Buses take you to other Slovak cities as well as to foreign destinations.

Visit the tourist information center in the city center where you can get maps, brochures and other useful information about sights and activities in Trenčín.
You can also arrange the services of local guides who will guide you around the city's main attractions and provide interesting information about history and culture.

Visit the Trenčianske Museum, which offers exhibits on the history of the city and the region.

For nature lovers, they have prepared beautiful hiking and cycling routes around the city, for example in the Strážovské vrchy.

In Slovakia, payment is made in euros (EUR). ATMs and exchange offices can be found in the city center.

Check the current weather forecast before your trip. Trenčín has a mild continental climate with warm summers and cold winters.

Shops and services are normally open from 9:00 to 18:00, excluding Sundays and public holidays.

During the year, you can enjoy various music festivals here, such as Jazz under the castle, Pohoda festival or Theater festival Alone on stage. The local exhibition center hosts various fairs throughout the year, such as the Beauty Forum or CAR AT, an international automobile exhibition.
In the vicinity of Trenčianské Teplice, the international film festival Art Film Fest takes place, which attracts artists and film lovers from all over the world.

Festivals in Trenčín
Festivals in Trenčín


Trenčín has a mild continental climate with significant seasonal changes. Summers are warm and pleasant, with average temperatures around 25°C, but can reach up to 30°C. Winters, on the other hand, are cold, with average temperatures around 0 °C, while temperatures often drop below freezing. It rains occasionally throughout the year, with slightly higher rainfall in spring and summer. In autumn and winter, fogs often occur, especially in the Váh river valley.


Matúš Čák Trenčanský (1260-1321) - A powerful Hungarian nobleman and one of the most important magnates of medieval Slovakia, known as "Lord of river Váh and Tatra mountains". He was based at Trenčín Castle and controlled a large area.

Martin Škrtel (1984) - Slovak football defender, known mainly for his work in the English club Liverpool FC and the Slovak national team. He comes from the nearby town of Handlová.

Marián Gáborík (1982) - Slovak ice hockey player who was born in Trenčín. He played in the NHL for teams such as the Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings.

Zdeno Chára (1977) - Slovak ice hockey defenseman who comes from Trenčín. He played in the NHL for the Boston Bruins and is among the most successful Slovak hockey players. He also won the Stanley Cup.

Trenčín medieval castle
Trenčín medieval castle

A poem about Trenčín invented by artificial intelligence

Under Trenčín Castle, where the Libra flows quietly,
stands the ancient city, which misses history.
Matúš Čák ruled there once upon a time,
a proud lord of the scales, who was known in every age.

The ancient castle there stands firm on the rock,
he guarded the way of kings, his stories are in the hall.
It remembers the times when knights lived here,
and their brave deeds were written in the chronicles.

The square is alive, full of joyful laughter,
history and the present walk here in one silence.
Narrow streets lead to the secrets of ancient days,
where every stone whispers the stories of the old tone.

Trenčín Church, Gothic in its beauty,
reminds of humility and faith in God's voice.
Cabbage smells from local kitchens,
and Bryndz gnocchi are cooked here with love.

Golden summer brings festival time,
music, dance, art resounds again.
A city full of culture, where life flows,
every visitor will find something to their liking here.

Winter brings snow to roofs and walls,
lights from the Christmas markets will brighten up the drab ones.
Hot punch and pies smell all around,
Trenčín Castle is bathed in the white beauty of the salt mountain.

Trenčín, a city of history, culture and beauty,
each season has its own seasons.
His spirit lives in each of us,
visit him and know how his time passes.