THE BIGGEST CASTLE RUIN IN EUROPE: PUSTÝ HRAD

Imagine yourself in 13th-century England. King Edward I has just named the fictitious Kevin le Strange to be the Lord of Aberwyvern—“a rich but rebellious area of Northwest Wales.” Lord Kevin's first task is to oversee the construction of a strategically placed castle and town in order to assure that England can “dominate the Welsh once and for all.” And a story is born! A creation and destiny of Lord Kevin's magnificent castle can start. Brick by brick, tool by tool, worker by worker. Moats, arrow loops, plumbing, dungeons, and weaponry.

As we walked among the ruins of the largest castle in Europe, we tried to image how it looked. Ant the stones there spoke to us, and we knew their mute language. Also, they seemed deeply to feel what we thought. So a broken column of the old times and a weather-beaten Gothic piece of a pillar understood us well.

How to get there

- by car using D1/R1 highways to Zvolen, approximately 2 hours drive from Bratislava

Eat here

Satori Café & Breakfast & Bar Zvolen

Sleep here

Villa Green Sliač