"The town of Strečno is about 10 kilometres southeast of Žilina on a train that comes frequently and takes you past the new Kia factory. From the train station, it's about a 10-minute walk across the river to the foot of the Strečno castle, set on a spectacular limestone cliff that plunges into the Váh river. It was built in the 14th century to collect tolls and serve as a watchtower, expanded over the next 200 years, and destroyed by Emperor Leopold in the late 1600s. After an extensive reconstruction, the castle was reopened in 1995. It's easy to spot the inauthentic touches (like the plate glass windows), but it doesn't distract from the castle's picturesque setting." (An excerpt from the Spectacular Slovakia 2007 travel guide).