Cyril and Methodius Route – Cultural Route of the Council of Europe


Velká Skalka - Žítková

Basic information about the trail

The trail begins at one of the oldest monasteries in Slovakia, Velká Skalka, and continues through the pilgrimage site of Malá Skalka past the town of Trenčín towards the state border on the outskirts of Žítková.

What's ahead of us?

Starting point: Velká Skalka (SK)

Ending point: Žítková

Distance: 23,8 km

Estimated travel time: 7:44 hours

Difficulty: medium

Altitude: ascent 754 m, descent 579 m

Surface: paved asphalt road, forest and field paths

Critical points: From Malá Skála in Slovakia, it is necessary to be careful because the marked trail runs along a busy road. We recommend going along the Váh River, where the trail is not marked

Our tip:

Take plenty of food and drink with you, as there are sections of the trail with no food available for purchase during the hike.

What can be seen?

Archaeological, pilgrimage, technical and natural monuments.

Monastery Veľká Skalka

Pilgrimage site Malá Skalka

Trenčianský hrad

Trenčín Castle

Where to eat and sleep?

Restaurants and accommodation along the trail.

Pilgrimage House at the Diocesan Shrine

Dormitory of the Secondary Sports School Trenčín

Pension In Lux

Oasis Bar

Pension Žítková

Hotel and restaurant Kopanice

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Photos from hiking.

Why walk the trails of the Cyril and Methodius Route?

The long-distance trails of the Cyril and Methodius Route invite you to pilgrimage sites and archaeological sites that have contributed significantly to the development of Slavic culture. They are signposted in both directions and encourage wandering without borders, not only state borders.

What can be obtained?

Perhaps everyone likes to bring back something from hiking, be it various tourist and souvenir items. If you will be hiking the Cyril and Methodius Route, we have prepared the following printed materials to motivate you to hike the trail: