There is no doubt that everyone knows a fairytale about kids Hansel and Gretel who has been kidnapped by bad witch and taken to her ginger-bread house – hidden among woods.
But what if I told you, there is one place in the world where you can see the real gingerbread house? Actually village full of gingerbread houses!
No kidding, this little village is real and is called Čičmany, located in northern Slovakia in Žilinský kraj.
If you are bored enough from all of these famous and most popular places in the world, which everyone knows and has been there, let’s take a look at very special one – the hidden gem of Slovakia.
Ok, houses are not made from real ginger-bread, but the fact is they look like you want to bite them.
Čičmany is a picturesque historical village with first reference as long ago as 1272. This unique village belongs between few places in Slovakia which are so-called open-air museums.
Surrounded by enchanting Strážovské hills full of woods, you can not really decide what is more impressive, village itself or the nature around.
Log houses are hand-painted with ornaments of geometrical and symbolic patterns.
Houses has been originally painted by women only on the corner of the buildings with lime as a protection of logs against the effect of sunrays. After a huge fire in 1921 log houses has been rebuilded with more complex ornamental paintings and village became famous for its unique style.
Special ornamental symbols of village has been implemented into embroidery and traditional garments as well.
The best time to enjoy Čičmany at its glance is during carnival in February when people are dressed in traditional garments or in costumes, dancing and singing their folklore music.
And I bet you, this time you can even see there that bad too.
In winter, Čičmany is changing to a ski resort where you can link sport hobby with culture and history exploration. There are plenty options of accommodation from B&B to possibility of renting your own “ginger-bread” house.
Traveling to Čicmany from Bratislava (capital of Slovakia) offers spectacular views on the Castle of Trenčín and Castle of Beckov on the way. So if you plan to visit Čičmany, you should certainly consider visiting interesting Castle of Trenčín which is built on the steep rock and his majesty can be adorned yet from the highway.
Me and my husband spent one lovely day at Čičmany and has been tempted by this little treasure of northern Slovakia. I must not forget to mention we have had lovely dinner at a guest-house Javorina which offers traditional Slovakian foods in the home-like interior with welcoming and nice service.
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© Independent Couple 2015
All pictures taken by my husband Radoslav Cajkovic unless stated otherwise and are subject to copyright.