Hiking to Pajstún Castle
It seems to me that Slovak people hike a lot. And why not when you have some of the best sceneries Europe has to offer. We don't hike very much in Finland even though most of our vast country is covered in forests and hills. The typical hiker in Finland is the extreme kind: they go to Lapland alone with the mosquitos in the autumn for a very quiet, very long hike.
Not here! Here they gather a group of people for a hike and the group rarely stays quiet. There are hundreads of hiking routes in Slovakia, some of them starting right in the borders of Bratislava. That's where we started our hike, following the little blue markers on the trees that resemble a piece of the Finnish flag.
|The expression says: SPIDERS, THERE ARE SPIDERS HERE!!!|
How could anyone ever have been able to build anything, let alone a castle in a place like that (a heap of rocks in the middle of nowhere in this case) I do not understand. The castle was built in 13th century. Walking around the area I came to the conclusion that no princess has ever been able to live there! She would've been tripping in her dress all over the place because the area was so grassy, rocky and uneven. Turns out the point of the castle was more a watch tower than a residence of any princesses. Basically there used to be castles like this in a "row" so that they could warn each other when the enemy was coming... just like they did with the fires in Lord of the Rings! :D
Anyway, the castle was destroyed in a fire, like always. And now it's falling apart up there. But apparently it's a popular destination for mountain climbers who climb up the crumbling walls... I could think of easier ways to commit suicide!