Vlkolínec, Slovakia

Arrived at the Ružomberok railway station, I’m going to the smallest village Vlkolínec.
Ružomberok railway Station

Ružomberok railway Station

Ružomberok is a town in northern Slovakia, in the historical Liptov region. It has a population of around 30,000 (45,000 with nearby villages).

Ružomberok Town Centre; Town Hall and Church of St. Andrew

Ružomberok Town Centre; Town Hall and Church of St. Andrew

Ružomberok Bus Terminal

Ružomberok Bus Terminal

 Took a bus at the bus station and headed for the small village of Biely Potok. It took 20 minutes, ca. 6 km.

Main Street of Biely Potok Village

Main Street of Biely Potok Village

Biely Potok is a borough located in the southern end of Ružomberok. The village is situated on the vally of Revúca River, which separates the mountains of Veľká Fatra and Nizke Tatry.

iew of the Biely Potok Village, from the mountain path

iew of the Biely Potok Village, from the mountain path

Walked through the mountain path from Biely Potok to the village of Vlkolínec.
The mountain path and forestry work shed

The mountain path and forestry work shed

Path to  abandoned village, Vlkolínec

Path to abandoned village, Vlkolínec

Arrived at the Vlkolínec village

Arrived at the Vlkolínec village

Vlkolínec is a picturesque village under the administration of the town of Ružomberok. Historically it was a separate village. Its name is probably derived from the Slovak word “vlk”, i.e. wolf. (A local said wolves aren’t here recently, but around 30 bears wandering around this area.) Vlkolínec has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1993.

Map of Vlkolínec

Map of Vlkolínec

① Entry ② Museum – a peasant’s house ③ Well ④ Accommodation ⑤ Firehouse ⑥
Exhibition ⑦ Bell Tower ⑧ Folk art and photography gallery (former school) ⑨
The church of the visitation of the virgin Mary.

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Tourist brochure of Vlkolínec, got from the tourist information office.

You should read this brochure, it is better than my description.
Hunting House, inside is a small museum

Hunting House, inside is a small museum

Typical houses

Typical peasant’s houses

Museum - a peasant’s house

Museum – a peasant’s house

Kitchen in the Museum

Kitchen in the Museum

Farming equipment of the Museum

Farming equipment of the Museum

Tourist information office and souvenir shop

Tourist information office and souvenir shop

They are good at wood carving.

Rustic wood carving, exhibits

Colorful and unique houses

Colorful and unique houses

Main street of the village

Main street of the village

Bell Tower of The Village

Bell Tower of The Village

The church of the visitation of the virgin Mary and Folk art and photography gallery

The church of the visitation of the virgin Mary and Folk art and photography gallery

Interior of the Church of the visitation of the virgin Mary

Interior of the Church of the visitation of the virgin Mary

Folk art and photography gallery (Former school)

Folk art and photography gallery (Former school)

Fine displays of wood carving of the museum

Fine displays of wood carving of the museum

Fine displays of wood carving of the museum

Rustic wood carving of the museum

Vlkolínec villagers create amazing wood carvings. Following photos are heat warming their works.

Wooden statue, made by Vlkolínec villager

Wooden statue, made by Vlkolínec villager

Wooden statues, made by Vlkolínec villagers

Wooden statues, made by Vlkolínec villagers

After the sightseeing I got a bottle of honey at the souvenir shop and left the village. I descended from the village through another path to the lower world.

Path on the way back

Path on the way back

At home, I sometime have a tea with the honey from Vlkolínec Village and remember the village fondly.

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