Elegantly simple Slovakian architecture, charming town squares and a historic university make the small town of Trnava a rewarding and peaceful destination.
Just moments away from the popular capital city of Bratislava lies the university town of Trnava, a fascinating and welcoming destination in its own right. Prepare to be greeted by the warm welcome of locals at community events and to spend hours enjoying the historical sights of this storied town.
Explore a historic town center that could date back as far as the late 9th century, making Trnava one of the oldest towns in Slovakia. The town’s boom era was during the 16th century, when it enjoyed commercial success and growing religious importance.
Follow the trail of the Town Walls, which provides a vantage point over the town center, or climb the City Tower. Some stretches of the walls date back to the 13th century, while the tower is a Gothic masterpiece from 1574. The best views of the tower are from the spacious town square, which is surrounded by cafés and restaurants with outdoor seating.
Stroll around the Trnava University buildings in the town, including the impressive University Church. The educational institution dates back to 1635 and the church contains a famous wooden altar from 1640. Today, modern university facilities sit alongside traditional buildings.
Marvel at the two cylindrical towers and yellow façade of St. Nicholas Minster. Trnava’s cathedral is a 17th-century structure built around an older, 14th-century church. Head inside the church to admire the religious artwork and to listen to music during the Trnava Organ Festival in August.
Join in the celebrations of the Traditional Trnava Fair, which takes place over the second weekend in September. Musical performances, street theater and food stalls bring the town to life in a lively and welcoming event.
Trnava is a 25-minute train ride or 45-minute drive away from central Bratislava and can be visited as daytrip from Slovakia’s capital. Come here for longer, however, to better appreciate the town’s culture and pace of life. Visit in spring and fall for clear weather or come in winter to see the sights under a blanket of snow.