Celebrating Heritage At Liptov Village In Pribylina, Slovakia

Heritage Castle at Liptov, Pribylina, Slovakia
Heritage Castle at Liptov, Pribylina

Liptov region is a pre-historic region of Slovakia, with known inhabitation since 6th BCE when Slovaks moved here. There are three old castles in this region of Pribylina village.

Sewing machine and embroidery at museum in Liptov
Sewing machine and embroidery

Museum of Liptov Village in Pribylina.

A museum recreating the village life of the Liptov region showcases the life and times of peasants and craftsmen here. There are old stone buildings that I am not sure if they have been constructed for the museum or are actually old.

Craftsmen at Museum in Liptov Pribylina
Craftsmen at Museum Liptov Pribylina

In the biggest building, there are practicing craftsmen, primarily women doing traditional embroidery to make traditional dresses of Slovakia. The patterns were stuck with pins on a round pillow and lots of spindles of thread hanging from the pins. I could not make out how they did embroidery. The lack of common language came in the way. But I still enjoyed watching them concentrate on those intricately drawn patterns. There is an old world charm in watching these women patiently weave the patterns. That would make a young woman look pretty. You can buy the finished pieces of course.

Wooden and Ceramic articles at Museum in Liptov, Pribylina
Wooden and Ceramic articles at Museum in Liptov, Pribylina

Most stone buildings showcase the old household, with small kitchens and big utensils sitting on wooden racks. And farming equipment outside the house in an open shed along with animals like horses. Garlic and chillis hang along the kitchen walls. The presence of wood in these houses reminds you of the lack of wood and presence of alternative materials in our present day lives. Sewing machines are showcased as part of those houses as are the stitched traditional dresses.

Castle at Liptov, Pribylina in Slovakia
Castle at Liptov, Pribylina

Events All Year.

Brochures tell me that there are events that are organized here all year around. Like Lace making Sunday, Liptov Cooking, Beekeeper’s Sunday, Spring Festival, Scholl workshop. More of them like Forest Railway day, an exhibition of Dogs, Shepherd Sunday, kid’s day, craft a golden bottom. Talks on Liptov clothing and textiles, Sunday of Natives etc. All of these seem to be focused on either celebrating or re-living the heritage of the good old days of Liptov. How I wish this could be done in India. We would be celebrating each day, and would not need to repeat a dish for our lives.

Recommend you to read following Slovakia Tourist Attractions.

  1. Modern Art in Streets of Bratislava, Slovakia.
  2. High Up in Slovakia’s Tatra Mountains.
  3. Strbske Pleso Lake & Around.
  4. Slovakia – A Big Small Country.
  5. European Quartet – First Impressions.


  1. Hey Anuradha. Lovely place. You know how much I love travelling in villages. As a reader, I would also like to know about options to stay, local food and any conversations you had with local people. 🙂 Eastern Europe is my dream destination.

    • Villages are where a bit of authenticity can still be found. Will try and update the information you need. I stayed a little away from this village, for conversations had to depend on the local guide due to language barrier and being a vegetarian my options were limited to salads and fruits primarily with some bread & butter.