These articles were published in the Spectacular Slovakia travel guide, published annually by The Slovak Spectator since 1996. The latest editions can be obtained from our online shop.


By James Thomson

    The castle in Strečno.
 The castle in Strečno.

Heading east from Žilina , road and rail routes pass through a spectacular gorge - the Domašin meander - as the Váh River cuts through the hills of the Malá Fatra. The town of Strečno, with its hill-top castle, guards the western entrance to the gorge. This area was the scene of the first serious fighting of the 1944 Slovak National Uprising, during which dozens of French volunteers (mostly prisoners of war freed by the rebels who then chose to join their fight) fell alongside their Slovak comrades in a battle for the gorge fought against Nazi German forces. A nearby monument is dedicated to their memory.

These articles and related information were published in Spectacular Slovakia 2009, which you can obtain from our online shop.

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