It's required to go to Wallachian open air museum visiting Roznov :) Big & Great. I was in early September 2011, so the weather was perfect.
Museum is special, because it's open air. All the space and area just takes a time to enjoy. It consists of three parts: the Wooden Townlet, the WallachianVillage and the WaterMillValley.
You can taste the local food, drinks (for sure slivovice!!!), music...
Yes, have to mention, that the second best thing what Czech R has is slivovica. Vodka of plums. Can be made from cheery (very sweet!), apples, apricots, pears...
The most i like in Wallachian open air museum was Funeral car. Really old and scary stuff. At first didn't understand so made lots of fun pictures, then read about it.
Then - wool making machines. So giant! One machine takes half space of a room. Like from some scary movie. Looks really fantastic.
And can't forget the lovely little church with blue ceiling. So cute & and stylish. Smells not like usual catholic dark giant church, but makes to come back again :)
From Roznov Paseky you can make nice trip to the Velky Javornik (918 m). Very popular is going there by bike.
When the weather is nice, you have amazing view to many other mountains near, including Lysa Hora, the highest mountain in Beskydy.
On the top there is restaurant, opened whole year except Mondays.
What you'll see beside houses in museum are the other uses and buildings - one such is windmill used to grind grains into flour. Here it's scientific copy from Kladniky village, tall wooden construction with original grinding mechanism inside. A mill man can thoroughly explain the processes involved - in Czech language.
Wind power and strong man's arms were needed to make thing running - a noisy experience so imagine working there in past. Dust of the fresh flour - that's something different!
... when you explore of Wallachian village of the museum you will eventually come to the group of farm houses with live (and lively) animals. What wonderful moments these were - the goats were feeding on the grasses, the donkey was around in the pasture, sometimes screaming loud as he wants to tell you something, there were also ducks in muddy pond, hens,rabbits, cats and pigs - like the real small farm in authentic environment (what it used to be before farming become industry and for self sustaining family). You can walk into the farmstead - don't mind the smell, every animal has it and it's only natural to feel it.
I imagine this would be most interesting part of the musum for kids, but we will remember it well, too. Be gentle with animals.
A trip to Roznov is somewhat incomplete if you didn't visit at least a part of the Wallachian Open Air Museum (or skansen) - in Czech called Valasske muzeum v prirode.
There are 4 sections of the museum - each can be visited on separate ticket or if you buy one for the whole museum (it can take few hours, so consider one part if you don't want to hurry/or two together).
Since I already saw Drevene mestecko (Wooden town) twice before, we went to Wallachian village this time. Three nice hours were spent in the field without hurry. Of course - you can do it on less or more. It's so pleasant place that we didn't really want to rush. Shaded and interesting. Each house is unique and deserves checking inside too - for inside there's real abundance of modest and rich details, depending on status of the folk in the rural society.
Wallachian village is the largest part of the altogether museum area. The houses here were brought and collected from different parts of Beskidy mountains, each of it's representing one or a few of the different social and economic group of the past when Wallachian folk relied on growing sheeps and timber. Lately newer buildings were added - based upon scientific study on the past architecture for trying to be as true to the tradition as possible: one such building in the Museum is the Evangelic church, the other is guesthouse.
If you want you can take a horse cart for the quickest tour on the place.
Some examples will follow in separate text (there's too much to say so it's best to see it by yourself in nature) or can be viewed on their web site.
Ticket: Wallachian village ticket cost 100 CK per adult, 70 per student as for 2010.
More on price and schedule from their website.
You can get to Pustevny settlement on Radhost by car or by local bus - the latter might be even better option if you plan to walk all way back to Roznov on foot as I did once.
It is popular tourist spot for Czech and maybe some foreigners who found it out already. In summer you can do hiking and walking, pick berries or just enjoy the views - which are stunning from some places.
Wooden houses are turned into tourism services - and are part of Wallachian museum in nature. Here they used more ornament and color on its facades than simplier houses of ordinary people. A word Pustevny comes from Pustevnici, who were original settlers of the place and were gone (extinct or just transformed-changed?) long time ago. The story is mysterious and I wish there was some more explantaion on these folk; who they were, whom they worshipped, etc.
Winter time can be spent skiing here and ski running. I though it would be wonderful to do that next time, but we yet have to try and comment on that later.
In general - Pustevny is a starting point for any outdoor sport activity on Radhost mountain. Or just for sight seeing - that's up to you.
A whole day parking ticket is 80 CK. After 4 PM - 6 PM ticket for parking is 50 CK. After 6 PM no more ticket collection.
Large numers of market stalls and higher prices appear nowsadays in Pustevny - the sign of increasing popularity of this place. Along with it can be quite crowded.
One more good thing about the whole museum (whatever the part of it) is that you can actually step inside and take a look - you won't be able to touch stuff, but you will get the idea of how things were organized. Small beds, tables, dishes, pictures on the wall, arrangement of furniture - in most cases houses had a room or they had a few of them; they had many people living in one room and sometimes there was also a place for a young animal(s) staying inside during winter, too. It was important to keep warm, so at least one room was heated. They used to burn wood in a stove which took great part of the space.
Windows were small and it appears a little dark inside, but it was necessary since they couldn't loose too much heating through big glass.
Logically in those days, the farmer and its house had to be self sufficient under any circumstances (harsh winter or summer) - that's why the type of folk architecture reflects and collects knowledge of many generations from that area, in this case Wallachian hills.
The picture here's on late 18th century peasant farmstead from Luzna.
If you need a break in nature, there are couple of lovely mountain hiking trails and ridges to visit near Roznov. We were to Salajka once, which I love but we don't have pictures from there - believe it's lovely area, less crowded than Radhost and right on Slovak-Czech border. Imagine moving along the way, once your foot is in Slovak soil and another moment on Czech soil. Interesting!
This picture is from Radhost mountain upon Roznov, near Pustevny village. This time we didn't walk all the way towards the tower and Cyril and Metod church because we came a little too late for that. But we managed this time to the Radegast statue and saw some stunning, windy views towards Frenstat direction - on the other side (North of) of Radhost.
Flat fields at the bottom, but here we are in the crisp air of Carpathian mountain, grasses are short, paths well beaten - ski slopes many to mention. Bluberries too many to have them all when season (yummy) - just go and relax, stay over night for the best time of the day if possible, or just come for few hours before too dark and step a bit aside from the path. It reveals that much!
If you get to the church you'll get splendid views into more directions, but we didn't go this time. If you wish you can walk all the way down to Roznov on easy trekking for few hours. It is amazing forest there.
The main square bears the name of Tomas Masaryk, hence Masarykovo náměstí in Czech. Lovely urban area with few trees, a saint's statue on the corner and Masaryk in the middle, bushes and interesting fountain of stones and falling water where kids like to play. According to my friends words it used to look nicer, like a park with even more trees, forest to say.
Nevertheless, find a bench in shadow and relax for wathching life on the square. Here and there cafe by the side, usually all tables full by the summer mornings on weekends when many tourists and locals drive to Roznov - and have their coffee and snack here. Some historical buildings and town's office are here, couple of ATMs, milk machines near, bookshops, grocery, sweetshops and utility shop, a few restaurants... and all services what you need in towns centres is there.
Oh yes, we do see few marriages a day sometimes on saturdays - a time when square is the merriest!
this is a great place for the mountain biking, lots of great trails on road and through the forests, the weather in summer is very good aswell.
Roznov and the surrounding towns and villlages are full of reasonably priced accomodation where can stop to rest and eat.
the email address below for Roznov will give you all the information you require.
Pustevny - good entertainment for those who like hiking. Protected landscape area, surrounded by wooden houses, in winter popular ski destination with 11 ski lifts. The tour to the peak is not too hard, so you can take your cildren and dogs with you as well :)
At the highest point there is chapel and statute of Cyril and Method, somewhere in the middle of the way you will pass by statute of Radegast, the god of sun and crop. After this Radegast got famous czech beer its name. From Pustevny to the chapel it is four kilometres long way.
One disadvantage - when its nice weather, it can be overcrowded, because it is very popular place to go not only among tourists, but also among local people.
This is the newest part of the museum, firstly opened for public in 1982. There is an exhibition of traditional means of transport which were used in agriculture and forestry. You can admire the original mill with its habitable rooms and see how the mill was working.
Tour with the guide lasts approx. one hour, you can also go through by yourself.
Little Wooden Town is the oldest part from the museum. It was opened for public firstly in 1925 and since then the old wooden houses from original Roznov's square were step by step moved here. During the year traditional fests are taking place there and remind old life and customs.
You can chose tour with the guide (approx. 45 min) or you can go through the area by yourself.
Biggest part of the museum. During the year vatious programms take place here to reming old ways of housekeeping and farming. It is reconstructing typical residence in the countryside.You will meet sheep and other domestic animals, area is animated by horse breeding and poultry farming.
Tour with guide lasts 2 hours, you can go through by yourself.
The Little Wooden Town is the oldest part of the museum. The setting roughly imitates the Rožnov square which boasted a number of local burghers’ timbered houses up to the second half of the nineteenth century. It was the effort at saving the houses that initiated the transfer of important monuments to the town park Hájnice. Gradually, it gave rise to an area that is exceedingly picturesque in every season of the year. Along with the original burgher’s house, the town hall and the inn you can visit here the residence of the bailiff from Velké Karlovice, the little timbered church of St. Anna from Větřkovice and the inn ‘Na posledním groši’. The area is complemented by a number of small houses which make it easier for the technical handiness of the local carpenters and shingle makers to stand out. For many years the museum has been famous for its all-year cycle of activities inspired by the calendar of folk customs. The public seem to be greatly fond of the weekend programmes that specialise in presenting the old and disappearing ways of farming, the domestic chores and crafts.