The historic town Skalica is situated on the foot of the White Carpathians near the
Morava river, 90km from the capital Bratislava. Since the year 1996 has been the district
town and is considered as natural centre of the Northern Záhorie.
The first written mentions of Skalica originate from the years 1217 and 1256. In the
documents of that time Skalica is mentioned under the name "Zakolcha". The Hungarian king
Ludovit I. st. awarded Skalica privileges of a "Free Royal Town" on October 6, 1372.
Skalica - a historical town - that is witnessed by many cultural
monuments - 6 big and 3 smaller churches, 3 bigger and some smaller chapels, 4
monasteries, the column of pestilence from the end of the 17th century, the Classicistic
Calvary, town fortification, some burgher´s houses.
An important part of town colouring is a traditional viticulture which probably rooted
here in the second half of the 15th century.
Nowadays on this tradition joins a project of cross-frontier´s cooperation PHARE under
the name Imagine Action - Wine road of the Záhorie. Goal of this project is an offer to
taste the Skalica´ s red wine ("frankovka") for visitors in traditional vineyard cottages
or to buy wine in a wine shop.
Points of interest, remarkables and rarities
The Romanesque Rotunda of St George is the oldest well preserved building monument in
Skalica. It probably originated at the beginning of the 13th century when it formed a
constituent part of a bulwark on the elevation in the northern periphery of the town.
Some fragments of mural paintings representing a motif of the legend of St George are
preserved from the Gothic period.
In the year 1970 was declared the national cultural monument. Nowadays there is a
permanent exposition of the "Záhorské múzeum".
The most important event of Skalica are the Skalica´s days which take
place in September every year (this year the XI. th year on September 15-17). During the
whole week many cultural, social and sports undertakings take place. The weekend belongs
to the big Market with a rich program under the name "Ve Skalici na rínečku...".
The tourist information office of Skalica will provide you further information
Námestie Slobody 10, 909 01 Skalica
phone: ++421/34/664 53 41, 660 02 40
fax.: 034/660 0241