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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.
This morning I found the reception lady to pay what I owed (4 euros), and then took off to Zilina, the first stop of the day. There I finally found a Slovakian cantina and had duck breast for 5 euros. I did a bit of shopping there, buying baby wipes to be prepared for a night of wild camping in the mountains, and took the road of Cadca. Right after exiting Zilina it started raining, eventually stopped, ...
I started the day with a breakfast at the camping at 7am, as I forgot to think about where the sun would rise, and sure thing it had turned my tent into a sauna by 6:45. I then proceeded to set off for Trencin, with the target of making it before noon. I chose to cycle on an alternately rocky / paved path along the Náh, but my biggest problem was a very strong face wind anyways, preventing me from riding above 13km/h. So I ...
... 400 kg of gold was mined annually in Kremnica.
At it's height in the 18th century, 9,860 kilograms of gold and 113,222 kilograms of silver were mined in the mountains around here and there are dozens of abandoned mine workings.
Under the main house there is a cellar that has been artfully constructed to appear like an old mine, with a small ...
... in fact all wood carving, skilfully painted to resemble stone.
after the castle visit we go for a pizza. There is a huge thunderstorm so the planned short ride to find a local forest steam railway is abandoned. It's so beautiful here we just may be forced into staying another day. It's a hard life, but someone's got to do it!