Extensive pine woods, meadows rich in flowers, sand dunes, natural lakes with sandy shores, and river terraces formed over the ages by the Morava make up the varied relief of the Záhorie region. The first protected lowland in Slovakia is to be found in this region. Over the centuries, the vast Záhorská lowland with its sandy soil has provided a fertile substrate for the unique local vegetables. The agricultural tradition of the area comes to life at the annual festival of cabbage and tasty vegetables “Cabbage Days” in Stupava. Veľké Leváre has become a new centre for asparagus-growing. The picturesque landscape is criss-crossed with cycle-paths and tourist paths along the Morava basin, up to the ruins of Plavecký and Pajštún castles. The Záhorská lowland is a paradise for fishermen, mushroom-pickers, horse-riding and the forests of the Small Carpathians for hunters. Today’s Záhorie is also home to an industrial–technological park and the car industry.
The centre of the Záhorie region is Malacky. The church with a monastery dating from the 17th century located in the town centre has become famous for its “holy steps” which are climbed by pilgrims on their knees. Its underground crypts have survived with the remains of approximately 200 Franciscan monks, burghers and members of the aristocratic Pálffy family. (www.malacky.sk)
The Jewish synagogue in Malacky dates from 1886. Today it is attended by pupils of the elementary artistic school.
Marianka – the village with the longest Marian pilgrimage tradition in Slovakia. A small statue of the madonna with Jesus in the Roman style from the 13th century can be found in the Church of the Birth of the Virgin Mary dating from 1377.
Hutterite courtyard in Veľké Leváre. One of the largest complexes of Hutterite houses in Europe, founded by Anabaptists in the 16th century - skilled craftsmen fleeing from Switzerland and Germany who also brought the production of ceramics, the so-called faience. The Hutterite Museum houses a collection of these artefacts.
The ruins of Pajštún castle are a favourite venue for an outing and for climbing.