We bet you didn’t know that the trolleybuses in this country, Slovakia and San Francisco were built in the pretty town of Ostrov. It’s a town of Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance buildings which stand in stark contrast to the Socialist Realism bequeathed by more recent, troubled times. Ostrov’s Renaissance chateau is a complex of buildings with many beautiful halls where you will find porcelain collections and exhibitions tracing the history of the local Šlik family.
The holy circuit is the name by which the local monastery goes. The previous regime used it as a barracks, almost completely destroying the complex in the process. A huge renovation project has seen the place returned to its former glory, and today you can visit the wonderful Chapel of the Saints and other religious buildings.
The town’s Socialist Realist architecture dates from the times when uranium was mined in the area. No one can deny that these Socialist-era structures possess a certain grandeur. There are six walking routes to choose from, each dealing with various aspects of this intriguing town.