On the first morning, you’ll be picked up from your accommodation in Bratislava and drive for about 2.5 hours, passing by Trencin and Beckov castles as you go. The first stop will be at Orava Castle, one of the most beautiful castles in Slovakia where one of the first-ever vampire movies, “Nosferatu”, was filmed in 1922.
The castle, built on a rock above the river Orava in Oravský Podzámok village like an “eagle nest”, is one of the greatest tourist attractions of Slovakia, but not only. It was built in the place of an older wooden hillfort after the Tartar invasion in 1241. Through the following centuries, this small fortress transformed into an extensive castle structure with 154 rooms. Since 1556, the castle was administered by Thurzo family who initiated the greatest rebuilding actions in its history. The castle then acquired its final form in 1611.
Late afternoon we’ll visit also Spis Castle, one of the largest mediaeval castles in Central Europe. This castle is the largest in Slovakia and belongs also to the largest castles in Europe. The oldest writing about the castle is dated on 1120. The castle is listed in the historical heritage of UNESCO.
Unfortunately from November till March the castle is closed because of weather conditions. We’ll drive around and you’ll see this castle from outside.
Instead of the castle we’ll visit another UNESCO heritage site, medieval town Levoca, located close to Spis castle. Levoca town was inscribed on the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List in 2009 for its well-preserved original Medieval core, dating back to the period between the thirteenth and sixteenth centuries, including the town fortifications and the Church of the St. James. The church boasts ten Gothic altars, the main altar being the real magnet for visitors. With a height of almost 19 metres, it is a masterpiece of Master Paul, dating back to the sixteenth century.
After another hour or so, you’ll arrive at the Tatra National Park, the oldest national park in Slovakia and recently named the best destination to visit in Europe. Take an easy hike around a mountain lake before settling for an overnight stay in a 4-star hotel in in High Tatras region.