10 Interesting Facts About Pezinok

Facts About Pezinok

Facts About Pezinok

  • Pezinok From the second half of the 10th century until 1918, it was part of the Kingdom of Hungary.
  • Pezinok lies near the Little Carpathians and thrives mainly on viticulture and agriculture, as well as on brick making and ceramic(s) production.
  • Pezinok is a town in southwestern Slovakia.
  • The estimated population of Pezinok is 23,002, as of 2018.
  • The effort of the town and its citizens to get privileges of the Free Royal Town culminated on June 14th, 1647 when king Ferdinand III granted the town of Pezinok the privileges.
  • Pezinok lies at an altitude of 152 metres (499 ft) above sea level.
  • Pezinok covers an area of 72.555 square kilometres.
  • Pezinok is twinned with Neusiedl am See, Austria; Mosonmagyaróvár, Hungary; Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic & Izola, Slovenia.
  • The Geographic Coordinates of Pezinok: 48°17′31″N 17°15′58″E.
  • The territory of current Pezinok was mentioned for the first time in a written deed in 1208 as “terra Bozin“.
Facts About Pezinok
Facts About Pezinok

10 Interesting Facts About Dobsinska Ice Cave

Facts About Dobsinska Ice Cave

Facts About Dobsinska Ice Cave

  • The cave was discovered on 15 June 1870 by the royal mining engineer Jenő Ruffinyi, accompanied by Gustáv Lang and Andrej Mega
  • The total ice volume was estimated at 125,000 cubic metres, which makes it one of the most important ice caves in the world.
  • The thickness of the ice reaches up to 26.5 m.
  • The average annual temperature of the air in the glaciated Great Hall reaches –0,4 to –1,0 °C.
  • The age of the cave is estimated at approximately 250,000 years.
  • The total length of the cave is 1,491 m, of which 475 m plus individual 43 m are open to the public from May to September.
  • Dobšiná Ice Cave is an ice cave in Slovakia, near the mining town of Dobšiná in the Slovak Paradise.
  • Since 2000 it has been included on the UNESCO World Heritage list as a part of the Caves of Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst site.
  • the monumental glaciation of the Dobšinská Ice Cave persists for thousands of years at elevations only 920 to 950 m.
  • The cave stands for the most important wintering place of the Whiskered Bat (Myotis mystacinus) and Brandt’s Bat (Myotis brandtii) in central Europe.
Facts About Dobsinska Ice Cave
Facts About Dobsinska Ice Cave

10 Interesting Facts About Liptovska Mara

Facts About Liptovska Mara

Facts About Liptovska Mara

  • Liptovská Mara is a reservoir in northern Slovakia, on the Váh river near Liptovský Mikuláš, in the Liptov region.
  • The dam is named after one of the inundated villages.
  • Liptovska Mara was built in 1965–1975.
  • The area of the reservoir is 22 km², max. depth is 45 m and the capacity is 360 mil. m³.
  • During construction, nine villages were inundated and a major railway and road relocated.
  • The main purpose of this dam is to prevent floods, although it also generates electricity.
  • The Dam is used as a recreational site. 
  • The reconstructed Celtic oppidum Havránok is situated on a hill above the dam.
  • Liptovská Mara is the largest water dam in Slovakia.
  • Liptovská Mara is surrounded by mountains such as the Choč Mountains, the Western Tatras and the Low Tatras.
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Facts About Liptovska Mar

10 Interesting Facts About Trencin Castle Slovakia

Facts About Trencin Castle Slovakia

Facts About Trencin Castle Slovakia

  • The castle is protected as a National Cultural Monument of Slovakia.
  • The castle houses exhibitions of the Trenčín Museum, documenting the history of the region and of the castle.
  • The Trenčín Castle is a castle above the town of Trenčín in western Slovakia.
  • The castle fell in decay after a fire in 1790,  its owners, the Illésházy family move to the more comfortable manor house in Dubnica.
  • Trenčín Castle with its rich history and monumental architecture has become an object of constant interest of painters, writers and music composers.
  • The Geographic Coordinates of Trencin Castle: 48.894167°N 18.044722°E.
  • The oldest building is a stone rotunda, plausibly founded in the Great Moravian period.
  • In the 13-14th century, the castle became the residence of Matthew III Csák, the legendary “Lord of the river Váh and the Tatra Mountains”.
  • In the midst of the 13th century, the castle was the seat of the Baron Jakab Cseszneky, who was King Béla IV’s swordbearer.
  • History of the castle goes back to the age of the Roman Empire, testified by the inscription telling about the victory of the II. Roman legion at Laugaricio (the Latin name of Trenčín) in 179 AD.
Facts About Trencin Castle Slovakia
Facts About Trencin Castle Slovakia

10 Interesting Facts About Spis Castle

Facts About Spis Castle

Facts About Spis Castle

  • Covering an area of 41,426 square meters, Spiš Castle is one of the largest castles in Europe
  • Spiš Castle was built in the 12th century on the site of an earlier castle.
  • The last owners of the Spiš Castle, the Csáky family, abandoned the castle in the early 18th century because they considered it too uncomfortable to live in. They moved to the newly built nearby village castles/palaces in Hodkovce near Žehra and Spišský Hrhov.
  • In 1780, the castle was destroyed in a fire. The cause of the blaze is unknown.
  • The castle was partly reconstructed in the second half of the 20th century, and extensive archaeological research was carried out on the site. The reconstructed sections house displays of the Spiš Museum, which is responsible for managing the castle, and artefacts such as torture devices formerly used in the castle.
  • The ruins of Spiš Castle in eastern Slovakia form one of the largest castle sites in Central Europe.
  • The castle has been added to the UNESCO World’s Cultural and Natural Heritage List in 1993.
  • The castle hill was settled already in 5000 BC.
  • The Spiš Castle consisting of the upper, middle and lower parts, occupied an impressive area of ​​4,15 ha.
  • The lower courtyard was open to the public in 1983.
Facts About Spis Castle
Facts About Spis Castle

10 Interesting Facts About Hrad Devin

Facts About Hrad Devin

Facts About Hrad Devin

  • The site has been settled since the Neolithic Age and fortified since the Bronze and Iron Age and later by Celts and Romans.
  • Devín Castle is a castle in Devín, which is a borough of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia.
  • Devín Castle is one of the oldest castles in Slovakia. The castle was likely first mentioned in written sources in 864
  • The name of the castle is probably derived from the old Indo-European/Proto-Slavic stem deiv- with apophony doiv- related to light and visual perception.
  • In May 2018, the museum opened the upper part of Devín Castle to the public with a new exposition in cave spaces entitled “Devín Castle in the 13th – 20th Century”.
  • The castle stands just inside Slovak territory on the frontier between Slovakia and Austria. The border runs from west to east along the Morava River and subsequently the Danube.
  • The most photographed part of the castle is the tiny watchtower, known as the Maiden Tower.
  • In 1635 the castle was inherited by Pavol Pálffy, but in this period the castle mostly served only as an administrative and economic centre.
  • Devín has become an important national symbol for the Slovaks. It featured both on the reverse of the former 500 Czechoslovak koruna banknote and the 50 Halierov coins of the Slovak currency.
  • Geographic Coordinates: 48°10′25″N 16°58′42″E
Facts About Hrad Devin
Facts About Hrad Devin

10 Interesting Facts About Bratislava Castle

Facts About Bratislava Castle

Facts About Bratislava Castle

  • Bratislava Castle is the main castle of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia.
  • The first traces of settlement on the Castle Hill stem from the transition period between the Stone and Bronze Age, called Aeneolthicum. The hill was then inhabited by people of a groove ornamental pottery period, known as Baden Culture.
  • Bratislava became the official coronation town for Hungarian Kings and the castle became the formal seat of the kings of Royal Hungary.
  • Bratislava Castle was first written reference to the city, which appears in the Annals of Salzburg of 907, in association with a battle between Bavarians and Hungarians.
  • After the Empress and her son Joseph II died, the castle was deserted and became a military garrison.
  • On June 6, 2010, the reconstruction of the Honorary Courtyard of Bratislava Castle was completed with a large nationally televised unveiling ceremony of an equestrian statue of King Svätopluk I by Slovak sculptor Ján Kulich.
  • The main Castle building includes 4 towers. The tallest and largest is the Crown Tower, on the southwest corner.
  • On 28 May 1811, a fire begun accidentally by garrisoned soldiers gutted the structure
  • In the 1930s plans were put forward to either rebuild the castle ruins into a new structure or to destroy it altogether.
  • The name of the castle is recorded on coins, issued by the first Hungarian king Stephan I (1000-1038) with engraving- Preskava Civ, which certainly means as much as Preslavov (Breslavov) Castle.
Facts About Bratislava Castle
Facts About Bratislava Castle

10 Interesting Facts About Povazska Bystrica

Facts About Povazska Bystrica

Facts About Povazska Bystrica

  • The first record of the town dates back to 1330, even though the area had been populated for a long time.
  • Považská Bystrica is a town in northwestern Slovakia.
  • Považská Bystrica has 9 boroughs: Centrum, Dedovec, Hliny, Kolónia, Lány, Rozkvet, Stred, SNP & Zákvašov
  • Považská Bystrica is situated in a fold of mountain ranges Strážovské vrchy and Javorníky.
  • The Geographic Coordinates of Povazska Bystrica is 49°06′50″N 18°26′30″E.
  • Považská Bystrica is twinned with Bačka Palanka, Serbia; Bełchatów, Poland; Gjorče Petrov, North Macedonia; Holešov, Czech Republic; Rožnov pod Radhoštěm, Czech Republic; Sovetsk, Russia; Tauragė, Lithuania; Zhodzina, Belarus & Zubří, Czech Republic.
  • The Estimated Population of Povazska Bystrica is 43,936.
  • The total area of Povazska Bystrica is 91 km².
  • The motorway viaduct was built through the narrowest segment of the town, which was opened on 31 May 2010
  • The elevation of Povazska Bystrica is 288 m.
Facts About Povazska Bystrica
Facts About Povazska Bystrica

8 Interesting Facts About Nove Zamky

Facts About Nove Zamky

Facts About Nove Zamky

  • Nové Zámky is a town in Nové Zámky District in the Nitra Region of in southwestern Slovakia.
  • The town is located on the Danubian Lowland, on the Nitra River, at an altitude of 119 metres.
  • Nové Zámky is twinned with Fonyód, Hungary; Sevnica, Slovenia; Tábor, Czech Republic & Znojmo, Czech Republic.
  • The Elevation altitude of Nove Zamky is 119 metres.
  • The town lies in the temperate zone and has a continental climate. The annual average temperature reaches around 10 °C (50.0 °F), with the warmest month being July with an average of 20 °C (68 °F) and the coldest January with −2 °C (28 °F). Average annual precipitation is 556 mm.
  • In 1685, Nove Zamky was conquered by the imperial troops of Charles V, Duke of Lorraine. Six years later, it received town privileges from the Esztergom archbishop.
  • The total area of Nove Zamky is 72.565 km2.
  • The Geographic Coordinates of Nove Zamky: 47°59′08″N 18°09′28″E
Facts About Nove Zamky
Interesting Facts About Nove Zamky

10 Interesting Facts About Michalovce

Facts About Michalovce

Facts About Michalovce

  • Michalovce is a town on the Laborec river in eastern Slovakia.
  • Originally named after the Archangel St Michael, it is the second-largest city in the Košice Region and the seat of the Michalovce District.
  • The city of present-day Michalovce along with the adjacent lowlands was settled in from the Palaeolithic era.
  • The town lies in the Košice Region, in the Eastern Slovak Lowland on the Laborec river, historically belonging to Zemplén County.
  • Michalovce is twinned with Cognac, France; Jarosław, Poland; Kavarna, Bulgaria; Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia; Pančevo, Serbia; Sátoraljaújhely, Hungary; Uzhorod, Ukraine; Villarreal, Spain & Vyškov, Czech Republic.
  • The total area of Michalovce is 52.807 km2
  • The first written reference to the town is from 1244.
  • The geographic coordinate of Michalovce: 48°45′19″N 21°54′48″E.
  • The estimated Population of Michalovce is 39,396.
  • Since 1993, with the breakup of Czechoslovakia, Michalovce has been part of Slovakia.
Facts About Michalovce
Facts About Michalovce