What to see in the Red Stone Microregion

Dominika Šimončičová

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Wondering where to go on a trip? You don't have to go far for beautiful nature, good food and warm-hearted people! Pack your backpack, make a cardboard for the trip and discover the most beautiful that Slovakia has to offer.

If you are looking for inspiration where to go with your family, alone, with friends, or with your half on a trip, a trip full of romance, you may find it in this article. All locations are in Slovakia, so you don't have to waste time on long transfers. Enjoy beautiful nature, divine peace and places that will take care of the experience.

We will start our journey through Červený Kameň Castle. If you want an easy trip with children with a piece of history, this is exactly the place to go. Taking a walk around the beautiful surroundings of the castle is more than a good idea. In addition, the place has a very good location and is close to Bratislava, Trnava and Pezinok, you can easily get there by car within 20-30 minutes. When you take the intercity transport, get off at the Častá-Základina stop.

The castle is generally known as a visiting place. Every first Sunday it offers the opportunity to visit the castle for free, which is a very interesting opportunity, especially for large families. The cellars are the largest vineyards in Europe. Very interesting are the tours of the castle on the theme of Baron Pálffy. A well-thought-out performance lasting over an hour, which will tell you more about the life of the castle's most famous times. On Červený Kamen there is a magnificent exposition of furniture from church works from the Middle Ages to rare tapestries, tapestries, golden sledges and copies of furniture from the maple bedrooms of Catherine the Great. Another point of interest is the salle de terena, an original room that was created as a beach with water flowing over pebble walls, murals, rare Venetian mirrors and fresh décor. There are special events, huge flea markets, craft markets, Knight's Days and night walks in the castle. After climbing one staircase to the exhibition area, everything is flat until the end of the tour. Many legends surround the Knight's Hall with a table and chairs of various heights and a charming mini chapel.

Walk down the alley of linden trees and chestnut trees, cross the stone bridge to the spacious courtyard. From the courtyard you can go to the castle bastion from 1539. From there is a nice view of the nature of the Little Carpathians.

In addition to a tour of the castle, we recommend watching examples of birds of prey training, which are organized in the castle grounds. There is also a smaller zoo next to the birds of prey.

Just at the entrance to the castle, free-moving peacocks can be seen. Possibility to buy excellent wine in a small wine shop near the castle entrance. Souvenirs can also be bought in the garden and you can sit on benches. A fascinating way back in time.
Source: Červený kameň (11.12.2019)
Source: Sála Terena (11.12.2019)
Taverna pod Baštou is a pleasant restaurant in the grounds of Červený Kameň Castle. The restaurant offers simple but delicious food.
Source: Taverna pod Baštou (11.12.2019)

We will move to Budmerice. It is a village in the district of Pezinok and from Červený Kamen they are about 10 kilometers. The first mentions are from the year 1296. The name of the village, then Kerestúr, comes from the phrase Kereszt Úr, from the Hungarian Cross of the Lord. Budmerice is famous for its beautiful Budmerice manor house with a beautiful English park. The park is nice and big. It is built in a romantic style at the end of the 19th century. It was built by Ján Pálffy in 1889. It has two floors and an attic. The facades of the manor are decorated with turrets, vicars, spills, gables. Above the entrance portal is the coat of arms of Ján Pálffy. Here you can see a tall tower with a gallery or an onion roof. There is a pheasant near the construction. Nearby is a statue of the Virgin Mary of Lourdes on a forest road.

Source: Kaštiel Budmerice (11.12.2019)

The village also houses the Folk House of Pavel Dvořák. It is a partially preserved traditional folk architecture. Folk house no. 68 is a national cultural monument declared in 1975. It is made of unfired brick. Its floor plan is L-shaped and has one floor. The youngest room dates from 1847, as evidenced by the date on the ceiling slab with grate. It was used to store prayer books. "I estimate the difference between the oldest and the youngest room to be 50 years old. It was originally a one-room house. It included the oldest room and a kitchen next door." The connections are preserved in the walls, so you can see where the stove was. The original beams have been preserved on the ceiling. According to the monuments, they were probably preserved with ox blood.

Source: Ľudový dom (11.12.2019)
You can also see the monument to Juraj Holček here. It is a national cultural monument, it was declared in 1963. The monument of the beekeeper Juraj Holček is from 1925, it stands on an even street. He is the author of Hoja.
Source: Pamätník Juraja Holčeka (11.12.2019)

In Budmerice there is also a Roman Catholic church of the Exaltation of St. Cross and parish. The first mention of the parish is from 1390. A record from 1561 says that Budmerice does not have a pastor, the church is being repaired again and valuables are stored at the Červený kameň castle. In 1634, on the right side wall of the church, there was a converted chapel, in which a new altar was placed. During the imperial - Kuruk fighting, the village was burned. On August 11, 1705, at the Battle of Budmerice, the imperial troops led by Ján Pálffy defeated the Hungarian rebels, Prince František Rákóczi. In the years 1735-1736, a general reconstruction of the Budmer Church was carried out. Except for the octagonal tower, a remnant of the former Gothic church, the new church was built in the Romanesque style. However, they did not enjoy the new church, it burned down on May 21, 1774, and I also eat the parish and most of the village. It was also rebuilt with the parish. In 1782 they were re-consecrated, but it has not been completed yet.

Budmerice has grown a beautiful multi-storey rectory with a special chapel for the pastor and a rich library. In the restored church, they built the side altar of St. Ján Nepomúcký with an oil painting by the painter G. Schneider and another of his oil paintings, St. John the Baptist, placed over a new marble baptistery. The paintings of the Way of the Cross and the new clock on the tower also come from that period. There were two bells in the tower at that time. The third bell was added during major repairs under the parish priest Štefan Mráz in 1869.

Source: Budmerický kostol (11.12.2019)
Source: Budmerický kostol zvnútra (11.12.2019)

We can move to the cemetery and there you can see the Chapel of the Virgin Mary of the Seven Sorrows , which was built in 1768 by Rudolf Pálffy and his wife Eleonora. A single-nave space with a semicircular presbytery closure and a presented tower. The interior of the chapel is vaulted with a barrel vault with undercut lunettes. The facade is divided with pilasters with a cornice head. Above the entrance you will see a painting of Pieta. On the west side is a tower covered with an onion-shaped roof. On the tower is the year dating the building. The main altar with the image of Pieta in the alcove is flaked by angels. In the concave pillar architecture are the figures of St. Barbara and St. Teresa from the second half of the 18th century.

Next you will see the sculptures of St. Anny, St. Kataríny, Ján Nepomucký and they are also from the second half of the 18th century. The condition of the chapel is good and is currently used for the service of holy funeral masses and on the feast of the Virgin Mary of the Seven Sorrows on September 15.

Source: Kaplnka (11.12.2019)
Source: Oltár v Kaplnke (11.12.2019)

We will move from Budmerice to the village of Jablonec. The first mention of this village was in 1342. Until 1928, Jablonec was also called Halmeš. In the village there is a 4.3 km long educational trail leading along the Gidra stream, which is equipped with information boards and benches, planted with fruit and ornamental trees. The village is also known for its football tradition, which began in 1937. In Jablonec is also the church of St. Mary Magdalene and we will talk about him.

Church of St. Mary Magdalene , painted in 1936 by ac. painter Edmund Maššani, a native of Nitra and ak. painter of sacral buildings and restorer Eugen Petrikovič, a native of Kováriec. It was built in the spirit of historical romanticism as an imitation of the Romanesque style in the years 1860-1863 and was consecrated again by St. Mary Magdalene. It was built by Italian builders. They made the building material themselves in the district part called Dolinka. It cost about 20,000 gold. The interior is in neo-Gothic style. In the space are sculptures of St. Anton of Padua, st. Francis of Assisi and St. Joseph. The main altar was made in Austria, part of Tyrol, the side, on which is the Divine Heart, was made by Šefčovič Pál from the village of Kerestur in 1889. The second side altar was made in Budapest and the organ in Vienna was made by Peter Titz. There are three bells on the church tower. The largest and smallest were killed by the Fischer brothers in Trnava in 1922 with the financial help of American Slovaks. Two bells from the old church were stolen by Austrian and Hungarian soldiers in World War I for the production of military weapons.

Source: Kostol sv. Márie Magdalény (11.12.2019)

A new lookout tower has also been built in Jablonec . The lookout tower was created thanks to the initiative of the citizens of Jablonec. The observation tower is located near the educational trail. The best thing to do is park at the Municipal Office in Jablonec. From here you can already see the lookout tower, which you can reach by a dirt road. The journey is really short and takes only about 5 minutes. The terrain is undemanding, so even children or mothers with a pram can handle it. The tower is built of wood and is about 11 meters. Right next to it is a chapel dedicated to St. Vendelín, patron of the environment. The surroundings are complemented by newly planted linden trees.

Source: Vyhliadková veža Jablonec (12.12.2019)

Lastly, here is the village of Dubová . It has been mentioned since 1113.
From the 16th century, the village belonged to the Červený Kameň castle estate. Around 1540, Croatian colonists settled here. After the Turkish invasions in 1549, it completely disappeared. It was restored to its original location in 1590. In 1715 the village had vineyards and 34 taxpayers, in 1828 it had 88 houses and 609 inhabitants. They were engaged in agriculture, since the 18th century burning lime and charcoal. In the village there is a church of the Rosary of the Virgin Mary , which dates from 1907 and the chapel of St. Vendelína.

There is also a lookout tower and we will talk about it. The small lookout tower on the Kukla hill will surprise you with large and unrepeatable views of the surrounding area. The company is made up of dense beech-oak forests above the village of Dubová. Her visit will enchant not only adults, but also children, who can playfully manage the journey here. The lookout tower extends to a height of 12 meters. You can get to the top with wooden ladders, so especially in the case of children, you need to be more careful. The lookout tower offers beautiful panoramic views of the Red Stone Castle and part of the Little Carpathians from the top floor. Next to the lookout tower there is also a fireplace with benches, where you can toast or just sit and meditate on beautiful natural phenomena. The lookout tower on Kukla can be reached along marked hiking trails from Dubová, Modra or the village of Píla.

Source: Rozhľadňa Kukla Dubová (12.12.2019)
Source: GoSlovakia (12.12.2019)
Source: Kostol Ružencovej Panny Márie (12.12.2019)
We hope that you will stop in the Červený Kameň Microregion, because there is also something to see here and you will visit, for example, lookout towers, or the Červený Kameň castle with your family and enjoy the day.
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Reported by: Dominika Šimončičová
Updated on: 8.6.2020
Source: GoSlovakia

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