Vlkolinec – traditional central European village
„Vlkolínec, situated in the centre of Slovakia, is a remarkably intact settlement of 45 buildings with the traditional features of a central European village. It is the region’s most complete group of these kinds of traditional log houses, often found in mountainous areas.“ This is what the official UNESCO website says about Vlkolínec.
Vlkolínec is not an open-air museum, like other numerous in Slovakia. Till nowadays a few local people live in this quite village. If you would like to become their neighbor and buy one of the wooden houses, you would had to follow strict rules by the reconstruction and cooperate closely with the Monuments Board of the Slovak republic.
When I entered this village at the end of November, it really didn´t look like a famous UNESCO site. I felt like 100 years ago, when you could barely meet any tourists here and Vlkolinec hasn´t been mentioned in any tourist guides yet. Some elderly locals still use to draw water from a well, like the lady I saw, even though the water supply system was already built. In the summer you can´t expect the village to be so quiet. The village is really vivid and there is much more going on. Troops of tourist are marching along the village or sitting in a small cafe and various shows are performed in the open-air theater.
If the weather is nice, I totally recommend you to ascend to the legendary peak – Sidorovo. It will take you up to 1 hour to get there and you will be rewarded with a beautiful view on the whole village and the mountain ranges of the Great Fatra and Low Tatras.
CONTACT ME if you want to visit this place on your own.