Tour: In the footsteps of Slovak folk culture


Slovak folk culture has a very long tradition keeping among people until nowadays. You will visit two unique villages located in Slovak mountains and you will taste Slovak tradional cuisine.

- meeting with a guide in Banska Bystrica city centre at 9 AM
- car transfer to Spania Dolina village
- continue to Vlkolinec village UNESCO, on the way stop in Stare Hory for a lunch in a typical Slovak restaurant called Koliba
- afternoon visit the Vlkolinec
- late afternoon return to Banska Bystrica

Spania Dolina the Monument Reserve of Popular Architecture in the central Slovakia consists of a unique set of miner houses built of wood and stones.

Vlkolinec village UNESCO – a monument reserve of folk architecture. This extraordinary and remarkable oasis of folk architecture was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1993. The community was first referred to in 1376. Its unique compound of original folk buildings remained untouched by modern construction. Based in comparative study of ICOMOS (International Council for Monuments and Settlements) it was classified as the best-reserved settlement of this time within the Carpathian Arch. Originally it was the settlement of loggers, shepherds and farmers.

Slovak cuisine The traditional basic components of the Slovak diet have always been and still are milk, potatoes and cabbage. Tasty meals typical for Slovak cousine such as cabbage dumplings etc. can be prepared by combining these ingredients. The Slovak national meal is bryndzove halusky, which means for the Slovaks the same as sushi for the Japanese or pizza for the Italians.
Among the traditional domestic dishes are various meals prepared of potatoes. They are mostly in form of dough - cooked or fried (zemiakove placky, lokse). Varied classes of sheep cheese and cabbage are also popular materials used for cooking in Slovakia. A good Slovak dinner consists of a soup - kapustnica (made of cabbage), garlic (in some places it is served in a bread loaf), a bean soup with a frankfurter or the beef or chicken consommé.
Traditional desserts are pastries of risen dough filled with marmalade, curd, nuts or poppy seeds.
Domestic soft drinks such as Vinea and Kofola, and a wide choice of fine quality mineral waters now compete with the world trademarks of soft drinks. Specific Slovak distillate is borovicka (for instance Spisska borovicka), the local variety of gin, distilled of the fruit of Juniperus comunis. Popular distillate is the plum brandy (above all Bošácka slivovica) and hriatô (a mixture of fried bacon, spirit and honey). High-mountain hotels and cottages serve distillate called Horec - a stimulating drink after strenuous hiking. The Demänovka liqueur, which contains an extract of medicinal herbs, is a good choice, for instance.

Meeting point: Banska Bystrica town, pick up from other places on request (surroundings of Banska Bystrica) for extra charge.

Duration: 6 hours

Level: Easy

Price: on request

Included: Trip transport by private car, services of a private English speaking guide for the entire trip who is your interpreter and driver.

Excluded: Meals, drinks,admission fees

Availability: All year

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