Social life in the forest park of Brezina

Fifty years ago, in the area of the present-day District Office, Gastrocentrum and apartment buildings with shops, picturesque Brezina slopes descended beyond and towards the romantic Old Town houses. In the past, it was possible to access Brezina from the city via the Ľudový hájik (Folk Grove) alley. The street started where today’s stairs to the House of Government are situated, running between the houses and along the medieval walls. [caption id="attachment_10653"

The Cherry Orchard

After the completion of the afforestation of Brezina, there was still only a meadow of ​​4.4 hectares in the area of today’s Cherry Orchard. With the arrival of 1912, its new destiny began to be fulfilled. The municipality decided that there would be an orchard that would, as the city annals from 1912 cite, "enrich and adorn the appearance of our town and help enhance its quality in terms of health."

Why cherry trees?

Various fruit trees like apple trees were

Afforestation of Brezina

Forest Park Brezina, which now complements the scenery of Trenčín Castle, is the product of the work of human hands and the largest green project in the history of the city. In the 19th century, the visitors saw Trenčín in a completely different way than we do now: a ruin standing on the castle rock, and pastures rolling the surrounding bare hills. The slopes of Brezina began to be planted as early as around 1847 by the parish priest of Trenčín, Ľudovít Stárek. The first...

Southern fortifications of the castle

The southern fortification of Trenčín Castle was built as a whole in the first third of the 16th century. This unique system of massive walls, deep moats and bastions with cannons carved into the rock, was at the time of its creation one of the most progressive solutions for the defence of castles in all Central Europe.

Why was the fortification built right here?

Trenčín Castle was built on the dominant castle rock and was naturally protected on three sides by

Archeological heritage in Brezina – part 2

Our ancestors lived in the fortified hillfort, in the area of today’s Cherry Orchard, and probably in the surroundings of Brezina around the turn of the millennium and for another more than 1,200 years. The last evidence of activity on the site of the fortified hillfort dates back to the 12th or 13th century AD.

Celtic legacy in our genes

The Celts arrived in Považie (Váh region) around the 2nd century BC. Even though their actual

Archeological heritage in Brezina – part 1

The places you are walking around were inhabited for about 3,800 years, from the Early Bronze Age up to the Middle Ages. It was here, in the area of today’s Cherry Orchard and on the neighbouring castle hill, where the settlement was situated, which later became a hillfort protected from invaders by a massive fortification. The finds found here were not only from prehistoric times (from the Maďarovce culture, Lusatian culture and Púchov culture) but also from the Roman period and the...

The earliest human traces in Trenčín

The surroundings of Trenčín belong among the areas with the densest settlement in the Old Stone Age (Palaeolithic) in Slovakia. For several decades Neanderthals and mammoth as well as reindeer hunters dwelt in places offering a good view of the river Váh, where wild animals migrated.

Findings in the brickyard

The history of Brezina dates back to the most distant past – as far as the very beginnings of the settlement of Trenčín. The first archaeological finds from the

Citizens´initiative for the renewal of the Cherry Orchard

Exactly 100 years after the planting of the Cherry Orchard, active residents of Trenčín began to spread ideas for its renewal. The Citizens' Initiative for the Restoration of the Cherry Orchard was formed and started the orchard restoration in 2015. [caption id="attachment_10643" align="alignnone" width="2041"]

Orientation plan - rules and regulations

Čerešňák hillfort

Natural recreation area with playground equipment Location: Brezina Forest Park, the Cherry Orchard

Rules and regulations

  • Opening hours: - from 1st May to 31st September: 8.00 to 22.00 -
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Project specification

Project name: TreBuChET – Trenčín, Bučovice, Chránime Európske Tradície (We Protect European Traditions) Operational program: Interreg V-A SK-CZ Priority axis: 2 – Quality environment Inestment priority: 3. Preservation, protection, promotion and development of cultural and natural heritage Specific objective: Increasing the attractiveness of cultural and natural heritage for the