Many of the sites on the UNESCO list are the Old Town areas of large cities (Prague, Krakow) or whole walled towns like Cesky Krumlov, but this particular site – Vlkolinec – is a village of 45 very well preserved log houses high up a hillside in the middle of Slovakia, near the entirely missable town of Ruzomberok.
I was in the area visiting my fiancée’s family so we stopped off here on the way back from seeing a nearby castle.
There’s an entry fee for non-residents (yes, regular people live here, as evidenced by the cars and satellite dishes) of €2, which includes taking a peek inside the museum house.
Overall, it’s probably not worth a significant detour, but it’s placed very handily for one of the possible routes if you take a private transfer between Krakow and Budapest and makes an interesting place to get out of the car and stretch your legs.
Here are a few photos from our visit:
And a map:
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Charlie is head of marketing at JayWay Travel. A long-term Prague resident, his interests are cooking, eating out, cycling, skiing and of course, travel.