Hotel Grand Zilina
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... and territorial squabbles.
The mining magnate Thurzo family, who took charge in the mid 16th century, were responsible for a great deal of rebuilding work, although its present form was not finalized until 1611. It burned down again in 1800, after which the Pálffys occupied the castle. And then, after a period of dilapidation and WWII the castle became a national monument.
From there we were back onto the bus and back on our way to Poland.
... tried the kolonial hotel, but it was full. They pointed me to a pension though, which pointed me to another one, which thankfully had a room for me. I had a pork / mushroom crepe for dinner, and then took a shower and washed all my stuff, using one of the ortliebs as a washing machine drum (thanks for the tip Pauline, works wonders). I went to sleep, thankful for a night in a dry place. It's the simple ...
... which is the national road, the fastest and smoothest, but which can be quite unpleasant and actually unsafe if there is too much traffic. Or the adventurous way, the way of the paths, in the forest or alongside rivers... This choice comes back again and again when bicycle touring, it basically depends on whether the path itself, or the destination is the most important for you at that time. Well I had a bit of time and wanted ...
We passed the 4,000 mile mark on yesterday's bimble, but today it's a day off the bikes. We're going to a castle!
Orava Castle is built on a hill overlooking the village of Oravský Podzámok, on a bend in the River Orava, in north eastern Slovakia.
It was first mentioned in chronicles dating back to 1267 but there had certainly ...
... Lovely room, excellent restaurant and 50 metres from the castle ticket office. A no-brainer. We check in for two nights and order a beer on the terrace.
The bikes are round the back, in a private car park secured by a chain at night, and the decking above them is the terrace bar. We sit and sup and gaze up at the castle 80 metres above us.
Tomorrow we go see what all the fuss is about.