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History and folk traditions of Liptov

Liptovský Hrádok - Hybe - Východná - Važec - Pribylina - Liptovský Hrádok
Type: Circular tour, For children, Road
Difficulty: 2 - easy
Route length 55.7 km
Climb: 20 m
Sinking: 20 m
Duration 1.3 h
Lowest point: m
Highest point: m

Detailed route description:


Nízke Tatry

Starting point

Liptovský Hrádok

End of route:

Liptovský Hrádok

Detailed route description

Liptovský Hrádok (1), Hybe (2), through Východná (3) to Važec (4) and along the highway to Pribylina (5). The route ends back in Liptovský Hrádok (6).

(1) Liptovský Hrádok – Ethnographic Museum

The research and collection area of the museum in Liptovský Hrádok consists of the entire territory of Liptov. Since 2004, its seat has been the historic building of the Salt and Copper Office. Among the museum’s permanent exhibits are: Historical salt road – consists of works of art and textual material. It describes the history of the salt trade and the routes by which this precious raw material came to Liptovský Hrádok. Blueprinting in Liptov – history of blueprinting as a guild craft in Liptov, presentation of folk clothing and home textiles made from blueprints, exhibition of blueprint forms. Reconstruction of the workshop of the last master Daniel Žiška from Hýb. Gallery of doily lace – Liptov doily lace, characteristic patterns of doily lace, lace used in folk clothing and home textiles. The unique Čipkárska route through Slovakia. The Office of the Prefect of the Likavsko-Hradock Chamber of Commerce – an exhibition of period furniture with a rich collection of hunting trophies approximates the period of the end of the 18th and the beginning of the 19th century, when the building of the Salt Office was the seat of the Prefect of the Likavsko-Hradok Chamber of Commerce. Exhibition of sheep farming – specialized exhibition of shepherd culture. It has a supra-regional character and its goal is the presentation of cultural traditions associated with traditional forms of sheep breeding. Here you can see wooden mountain buildings, utility items for processing sheep’s milk, clothes and characteristic clothing accessories of shepherds from several regions of Slovakia.

(2) Hybe – House of Dobroslav Chrobák

The House of Dobroslav Chrobák is the local museum of the village of Hybe, in which you will find an information center, a pottery workshop, a workshop for the production of honey pots, an exposition on the culture and history of Hybe, and a memorial room for Dobroslav Chrobák, who was an important Slovak novelist, essayist, cultural columnist and literary critic. Entry must be agreed in advance with an information center employee (e-mail: krajcovicova@hybe.sk).

(3) East – FFV Amphitheater

The village of Východná hides a unique natural amphitheater with a beautiful panorama of the Tatras, where the best folk art has been presented regularly since 1954. Its dominant feature is the 28 m high Májka observation tower, from which you can look up at the beautiful panorama of the High, Western and Low Tatras. Be sure not to miss the beautiful natural display of wooden folk sculptures in the amphitheater area. Every year, on the first weekend of July, thousands of visitors celebrate the oldest folk art festival in Slovakia – the Eastern Folklore Festival.

(4) Važec – Museum of Folk Traditions

The Museum of Folk Traditions is an example of the life, living, work, habits and customs of the people of Važec. Here we can see: the inimitable Vážek costume, men’s and women’s, and crafts – of the blacksmith’s, carpentry’s, and shoemaker’s workshops, and other interesting exhibits collected in a private collection. On your wanderings, visit places where you can cook well and relax pleasantly: Salaš Bereky, which you can reach from the D1 highway, by turning near the village of Východná

(5) Pribylina – Liptov Village Museum

Behind the village of Pribylina, under the slopes of the Western Tatras, you will find one of the most beautiful museums in nature. The wooden and stone buildings come from the flooded areas of the Liptovská Mara waterworks and some municipalities of upper and lower Liptov. In addition to wooden residential and farm buildings, representing typical features of folk architecture of peasant and artisan classes, there are also two rare medieval stone buildings. All buildings together create a unique composition of the historical and cultural environment of ancient Liptov.

(6) Liptovský Hrádok – Dal’s gallery

At the end of your route, return to Liptovský Hrádok, where you can visit Dal’s gallery, which houses a collection of non-professional, folk woodcarvings. Its exposition consists mainly of donated works, but also works of the Hradoc carver Dalibor Novotný.

Availability and parking options

Start location: 49.037854; 19.720708

There are paid and free parking lots in Liptovský Hrádok.

By train or bus to Liptovské Hrádok and then by bus from Liptovské Hrádek to the surrounding villages. The route can be completed by bicycle or car, some parts of it can also be done on foot.

Accommodation and catering options

There are several accommodation facilities in Liptovský Hrádok that offer accommodation. Dining options are provided, whether in summer or winter, in hotel restaurants or snack buffets.

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