Tourism and cycling
You do not need to go too far to reach an extensive network of tourist paths or popular local monuments. Discover the environment full of stories.
Hotel Zochova chata is located close to Austria, the Czech Republic as well as Hungary, at the foot of the Little Carpathians. Not far from Bratislava and in a region with a rich winemaking history ‒ you will find agreeable locations for walks as well as more demanding hikes and cycling trips here.
Here are some of our tips:
Lookout tower Homola
Those, who prefer easy trips in the peaceful countryside, will certainly be attracted by the Comenius University observatory, which also serves as a scientific and research centre. It is only slightly more than 1 km away. If you are not looking for demanding physical activities, but comfortable and easy-going options, you can also visit the lookout tower on Veľká Homoľa hill, which is only 2km away.
Red Stone Castle
The first stone construction was built here in the 13th century. It was part of a chain of border castles, which stretched between Bratislava and Žilina. Walking at your own pace, the hike can take you around 5 hours. For cycling you can follow the itinerary Hotel Zochova chata – Tri kopce – Kukla – Píla – Červený Kameň – Píla – Papiernička – Vyvieračka – Komárka – Hotel Zochova chata. It is less than 12 km long and its duration depends solely on you.
Above the nearby village of Plavecké Podhradie, on a hill called Pohanská, is the ruin of Plavecký Castle. It was constructed on the western slopes of the Little Carpathians in the 13th century and nowadays it can be accessed for free. It is situated slightly more than 30 km from the hotel, which makes it a perfect destination for ambitious cyclists. Or go by car to Plavecké Podhradie and from there it is just a short walking distance.
Ostrý kameň Castle
The ruin of Ostrý kameň Castle looms on the spur of the highest peak of the Little Carpathians, Záruby. A pleasant, but at the same time demanding cycling trip there and back is approximately 70 km long. The freely accessible gothic castle used to have an important role in the defence of the “Czech Route”, which served for the merchants from the east to reach Moravia and Bohemia.
Besides physical activities relax by visiting the Little Carpathian Wine Route or the Museum of Ľudovít Štúr in the nearby town of Modra. In the winter you can appreciate the ski resort Zochova chata in the vicinity of the hotel.