Section: Hronský Beňadik – Trnava


Section description

This section begins at the ancient Benedictine monastery in Hronský Beňadik and goes through the forests of the Inovec mountains to Topoľčianky. Leaving Topoľčianky through undulating fields it then enters the forests of the Tríbeč mountains that will take you to Kostoľany pod Tríbečom and its 10th century church. Continue amid beautiful forest paths through the ruins of Gýmeš castle and mount Zobor overlooking Nitra, the centre of the 9th century Great Moravian Empire.
Nitra is worth sparing another whole day to recharge your batteries and explore its castle, old town and Via Crucis. The hitherto mountain landscape now changes into tranquil fields and meadows along bike paths through Veľké Zálužie and Sereď before arriving in Trnava, the Rome of Slovakia.

Stages in section

From Hronský Beňadik we set out to the west, to the village of Tekovská Breznica. At Obycké lúky take the blue trail down to the village of Machulince and Topolčianky.
This stage goes amid pleasant fields and the exuberant forests around the ruins of Gýmeš Castle at the top of the Trebíč mountains.
Although being extremely beautiful, some ascents are a bit more demanding. Take your time to relax and enjoy the view at the top of mount Zobor overlooking the city of Nitra, and prepare to take in the full beauty of the tiny 9th century Dražovce church just before entering the historical city of Nitra. Consider taking one whole day off to explore this ancient historical town. Make sure you pay a visit to the castle and the Via Crucis.
Leave Nitra following the yellow bike path. It will take you to the village of Lehota and then to Veľké Zálužie. We do not recommend continuing, as the nearest possible accommodation is in Šintava, 20 km away.
This stage is rather undemanding as it leads mainly through field roads and bike paths. Make sure you take enough water with you.
Although today’s way is predominantly flat, most of it follows asphalt roads with little shade. The first part follows the yellow bike path 8232 to Horný Čepeň. From here it is just field ways through Vlčkovce and Modranka before entering Trnava. In Modranka, make sure you visit the local church and get a stamp to your credencial. Trnava is also worth a day to explore its unique Old Town.