Blending In with Nature: Pustevny
A favourite touristic target on New Year's Eve to which the oldest chairlift in Europe leads. It is also the most visited alpine resort in Beskydy mountains. Its name, Pustevny, is derived from a czech word meaning 'hermit.'
It is a mountain saddle with a unique collection of wooden buildings created by Dušan Jurkovič, admired by thousands of visitors every year. The style of the folk buildings is combined with motifs of Wallachian and Slovak region, e.g a legendary pagan god Radegast. The whole mountain path ends on the Radhošť Hill where the Chapel of Cyril and Methodius, previously mentioned in our weekly series of sacred places, lures religious pilgrimages.
Pustevny has the best atmosphere in winter when the hills are covered with snow and the colours of the folk buildings becomes more bright. If the weather’s good you can enjoy a climb to the viewing tower, from which you can spot Lysá hora – the highest peak in the Beskydy Mountains.
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