Krupina is one of the oldest towns in Slovakia and written records indicate that it dates back to 1135 although archaeological digs report that tools from the bronze ages were found.
To understand the need for this tower (vartovka) we need to travel back in time to 1564 during the Hungarian-Ottoman war when The Turks invaded Slovakia doing much damage. It is 13 metres high (43 feet) and has been preserved today as a look out tower for the public.
Finding the Krupina watchtower
We were told just to follow the signposts, however until we were quite close we didn’t see any sign posts lol. Never mind though as it’s really quite easy to get there.
Directions: With Tesco on your left, turn right onto Majersky rad. Carry on, going over the bridge and turn immediately right onto Dionyza Stura. Take the second turning on the left onto Tanistravár and follow the road until you get to the tower.
GPS: Tanistravár, Krupina, Slovakia
Google Maps: Strážna veža Vartovka
There’s an abundance of parking although it is mostly all on the grass. The parking is free and it is open all year round, throughout the day and night.
There are also a large number of picnic tables for you to use as well as a fire pit.
Climbing the Krupina watchtower
The wooden steps up to the tower are incredibly steep and narrow and there are two sets of them. All I can say is, people back them must have had tiny feet!!
If you have mobility issues, you might find this quite challenging.
Our kids climbed the tower well and quickly – given their pixie feet – however when we reached the top we realised that they couldn’t see anything. The viewing ledge is about 1.3-1.4m high and they needed me to pick them up so they could see. They got bored pretty quickly but they had a great time running around the base of the tower playing tag and hide and seek.
View over Krupina
The view over Krupina is spectacular. We went as the sun was setting and although it was quite a cloudy day, it didn’t inhibit the view. It would be cool to go back here on a clear night and see what sorts of stars you could see.