Horné Považie

Horné Považie (Upper Váh region) is a region in Central Slovakia.


Map of Horné Považie
  • 1 Žilina – The biggest city in the region by far with a picturesque centre and many transport options.
  • 2 Bytča Bytča on Wikipedia – A small town boasting a nice castle.
  • 3 Považská Bystrica Považská Bystrica on Wikipedia – A place with a lot of history that lost its old centre to modernisation, but with beautiful surroundings.
  • 4 Púchov – An industrial town situated right on the Váh river.
  • 5 Rajec Rajec on Wikipedia – A quaint town in the middle of the beautiful Rajčianka valley.

Other destinations

  • 1 Čičmany – This tiny village of 200 residents is famous for its beautiful decoratively painted wooden houses.
  • 2 Papradno – A village in Javorníky mountains.



Get in


The D1 motorway and the main railway line connecting west and east Slovakia run along the Váh river and to all the major towns in this region.

Public transport timetables are available at ubian.sk.

Get around


By train


The mainline (Bratislava)-Puchov-Žilina-(Košice) has a high frequency connection, with fast trains almost hourly, and local trains approximately every two hours. There are also a couple local services (Žilina-Rajec and Púchov-Horní Lideč, CZ).

By bus


Buses run to fill up the gaps in the train schedule or where the trains do not go. Beware that service to villages can be very limited on weekends. In general, the frequency is highest to the city in the early morning, and from the city in the afternoon, which is great for the commuter but less so for the city dweller wanting to go on a daytrip into the countryside. After 20:00 service can be very sporadic or nonexistent outside the cities.

On foot


Perhaps one of the best ways to explore this mountainous region is via one of the many hiking trails that criss-cross throughout the forest. The trails in this part of Slovakia are open year-round. An online interactive hiking map is available at OsmAnd or Mapy.cz.




  • 1 Budatín Castle. A castle built as a guarding castle in the second half of the 13th century near the confluence of the Kysuca and the Váh, where tolls were collected. At the beginning of the 14th century the towers were fortified, and inside the fortress a new palace was built. Budatín Castle (Q1804836) on Wikidata Budatín Castle on Wikipedia
  • 2 Bytča Castle. A castle in the centre of Bytca. It was built in the 13th century by the archbishop of Nitra. In 16th century, a manor house around the Gothic castle was built. Famous Italian architects Kilian of Milan and Pocabello supervised the construction works and repairs. Bytča Castle (Q1968071) on Wikidata
  • 3 Považský hrad. A romantic ruin of medieval Gothic castle is making an essential silhouette on the right side of the river Váh, near Považská Bystrica, built on a cliff 497 m (1,631 ft) above sea level. Due to its location it was one of the most important castles guarding the valley of the river. Location of the castle is attractive also nowadays because it is set above important rail and road routes. At the peak of its fame it was home of around 400 people. It is famously known as an "eagles nest" of the important noble family of Podmaniczky, which controlled most of the region. Považský hrad (Q2093950) on Wikidata Považský hrad on Wikipedia
  • 4 Strečno Castle. A symbol of Slovak feudalism, built in the 14th century. Leopold I ordered to destroy the castle in the 17th century, similarly to Považský hrad. It is part of Slovak national heritage. Strečno Castle (Q1014197) on Wikidata Strečno Castle on Wikipedia

Castle ruins:

  • 5 Hričov. Hričov Castle (Q12020705) on Wikidata sk:Hričovský_hrad on Wikipedia
  • 6 Lietava. 3rd largest castle of slovakia Lietava (Q953856) on Wikidata Lietava on Wikipedia
  • 7 Súľov. A former guardian castle Súľovský hrad (Q12058079) on Wikidata sk:Súľovský_hrad on Wikipedia


  • 1 Súľov rocks. A national nature reserve, where the rocky crags take the shape of towers, cones and needles. Súľov Rocks (Q3506556) on Wikidata Súľov_Rocks on Wikipedia





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