ZÁHORIE REGION – PILGRIM AND ECONOMY SUPPLY CENTRE OF VIENNA ROYAL COURT
Duration: one day trip
Šaštín – the basilica consecrated to Our Lady of Sorrows is the national shrine of Slovakia. The history of Marian pilgrimages to Saštín dates back to 1250. Our Lady of Sorrows was proclaimed Patron Saint of Slovakia by a decree of Pope Pius XI. in 1927. This place is visited by thousands of pilgrims not only from Slovakia but also from abroad. We will gladly provide you a mass.
Holíč – The Holíč Chateau – former anti-turkish fortress – was built in a strategically significant place on the border between the Moravian and Hungarian Empire as a frontier fortress, which was preceded by a wooden water castle built in the 11th century. Under the rule of Franz Stefan of Lorraine, husband of Emperor Maria Teresa, the summer chateau was a main supply centre of the Vienna royal Court. In 1736 the Imperial Royal Manufactory of pottery was set up here in Holic by Franz Stefan of Lorraine. They also housed here pheasants and fish.
Town of Skalica – is a lovely small historical town. The most valuable building and symbol of Skalica is the Romanesque St. George Chapel. Every visitor should taste the well known local red wine – Skalicky Rubin. Another typical feature of Skalica is its pastry, known to locals as skalicky trdelnik, which you need to taste and you will see also its production. Well known here is also the laced cake.You can visit the very well preserved fully operational Mill of the Pilarik brothers.