While first time hiking in the Little Fatra Mountains
several years ago, my daughter and I popped into the castle of Strečno
which perches on a limestone rock at the outlet of the Váh gorge, near the Slovak city of Žilina.
We spent an hour inside the walls of the castle and were pleased although the tour was guided, which is not what we actually prefer. A visit to the castle can be enhanced with a ride across the River Váh
on an old ferry
and a pint of great Slovak lager
(or a glass of wine, often served hot).