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Trencin is one of the biggest cities in Slovakia. Lying on the river Vah, with its old castle, Trencin is definitely one of Slovakia's not-to-miss places. It is located halfway between Trnava and Zilina, and only a few kilometres from the border with the Czech Republic. Going by car, bus or train it makes a good day trip from Bratislava, as the time you need to get there is short.
The Old town is mainly centered around the market place, where you will find the plague monument, churches, a well (with a statue climbing out of it), the city gate, and the synagogue, which is now in use as an art forum. From the market you can climb the Parish stairs to the roman church of the birth of the virgin Mary. from which you have a nice view over the town. From there it is just a short climb to the entry of the Castle.
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Trencin Castle is towering over the town. Its highest point is the main tower which towers 150 metres above the town. The castle has a rich history and can be visited with a guided tour. (one small tour and a large tour are available.) The small tour includes the main features, including some time at the viewing platform on the tower. The larger tour include the interesting although not impressive, archaeological and art collection (which is in need of some restorations). The castle is opened daily apart from New Year's day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 9:00am until 3:30pm in winter, 4:30pm in April and October, and 5:30pm in the summer months. The tours are in Slovak, but English explanation on paper is available.
By train you can travel from Bratislava to Trencin in around an hour and a half. Trencin is one of the stops on the line that starts in Bratislava and runs across the country towards Kosice in the east. The train station (and bus station), is located about 400 metres from the center of town, on the other side of the M.R. Stefanika parque. For information and timetables check the website of Railways of the Slovak Republic.
Trencin lies on the D1 motorway coming from Bratislava, and which carries onwards to Zilina. From Bratislava it takes around an hour to reach the town. Regional route 61 also connects from Bratislava, and follows the flow of the Vah.
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Wifi and broadband can be found more or less everywhere, and there will be an internet cafe available somewhere even in smaller towns. Also, hostels, pubs, cafes, and some public institutions such as libraries or government buildings offer (free) wifi.
See also International Telephone Calls
The international calling code for Slovakia is +421. In case of an emergency, call the universal number 112. You can also call directly on 150 for fire brigade, 155 in a medical emergency or 158 for the police.
Slovak phones operate on the GSM standard, which covers most of the country, and 3G covers most of the area. The coverage is surprisingly good, and you will often have signal even in mountain areas, unless you are in a deep ravine. There are three main operators - Orange, T-mobile and O2, and they all use 900 or 1800Mhz standard, which might not be compatible with some U.S. phones operating on 1900Mhz.
They all (along with some virtual operators, biggest of which are Funfón and Tesco Mobile) offer a variety of prepaid cards with various "pay as you go" schemes (some market research is advised, if you want the best deal) and incentives. If you have an unlocked phone, these are easy to pick up in any phone shop, or you can purchase a cheap phone with a prepaid card included.
There are still some phone boxes available, but with mobile phones now commonplace, they are declining in number. Also note that you might need to purchase a prepaid card to use some of them.
Slovenská pošta is the national postal service of Slovakia. They have affordable, reliable and relatively fast services. You can choose to send letters/postcards first (express) or second class. Prices start at €0.40 for a second class letter (up to 50 gram) domestically, €0.60 for express services. Within Europe prices start at €0.90 (Czech Republic €0.80), outside Europe prices start at €1.00, all for second class letters/postcards up to 50 grams. Post offices are available in all villages and provide banking services like money transfers as well. The post offices are usually open from Monday to Friday 8:00am to 6:00pm and on Saturday until 1:00pm. The main post offices in larger towns or shopping malls are open daily to 8:00pm. It is possible to buy post stamps for post cards and letters directly in the post offices or in some newspaper stands.
You can use parcels services with Slovenská Posta as well, although you might be better off with companies like UPS, TNT, FedEx or DHL, which offer similar prices, but usually faster and more reliable services.
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