Slovakia / Poland
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Village of Zdiar
In the valley between the Belianske Tatras
and the Spisska Magura mountain ranges, this village welcomes visitors looking for a taste of old
Slovak folk culture -- and for excellent downhill skiing.
A number of wooden buildings preserve and
present the traditions of the "goral",
or mountain people. The Zdiarsky Dom museum
is a living example of the dress, daily life and
feasts and ceremonies of the local inhabitants,
most of whom in past centuries relied on
shepherding for their livelihood.
The wooden houses are particularly characterized by
painted ornamentation, especially around
windows. Folk costumes and crafts (such as hand
weaving), horse-drawn coaches and folk music and dancing groups
are further samples of the way things used to be.
The spectacular backdrop for this unique village
are the peaks and valleys of the Tatras region,
perhaps best viewed from a chair-lift -- or better
still, enjoyed on a pair of skis, and reached
through a large number of ski-lifts or cross-
Accommodation in Zdiar
gallery of -
gallery of modern glass art in Zdiar.