by Wildcat Dianne
December 15, 2002
The town of Dobra Voda has a water plant that produces bottled water sold throughout Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
My friend and I saw the castle from the road, and I thought we would be taking the road to it, but my friend decided to take a shortcut. The shortcut was a nightmarish climb up a wooded hill while we walked our bikes with us. After a while, we stopped, ate some lunch, left our bikes at the spot, and climbed up the hill to the castle ruins.
The castle, in its heyday, was a huge stone compound on a hill to protect it from invasion. Due to years of communism and decadence, it has fallen into ruin. After I caught my breath, Ivan and I walked around the ruins, checking it out. Even parts of the ruins were built on hills, and it made for a difficult hike most of the time we were exploring. I pretty much slid down the hill on the way down to our bikes, and I was cursing most of the way.
If you decide to go to Hrad Dobra Voda, make sure you are in good shape and have good shoes to take the hike up and down the hill. The views from and around the castle are beautiful, but it is not too beautiful when you get hurt.
From journal Two Castle Ruins: Tematin and Dobra Voda