There is a lot of castles in Slovakia. Some are still standing and open for public visits, others are only ruins, like Beckov . Castle in Trencin belongs to the first category. It is located up on a hill towering over the city and it is visible from almost anywhere. My favourite view is when driving from the sport recreational area on the island or from the highway in the distance.
Beckov is a small village between Trenčín and Piešťany. A ruin of a medieval castle on a high rock is visible from far away. The castle has been integral part of Slovak history and a lot of tales about knights and kings are associated with it. The location is ideal for a short trip into the countryside and in the summer, the castle grounds host an exhibition of medieval arts and skills.