Slovakia is full of skanzens, or open-air museums. I really liked the one I visted in Wales last summer, so I decided to visit one in Slovakia. I chose the one near Bardejov because it contains two wooden churches, which are characteristic of the northeast of Slovakia. (There are many other wooden churches in the area, but they are difficult to visit by public transportation.)
From Presov, I took a two-car, ultra-local train to Bardejov, the last stop on the line.
There was only a single set of tracks for much of the way. From Bardejov, I walked about 4 km to museum, which is located in the nearby resort town of Bardejov Kupele. Part of the walk was along the railroad tracks.
The museum contains twenty or so buildings. Most are from the nineteenth or early twentieth centuries, and they are displayed with period furnishings.
This is a barn (viewed from the side). This horse-drawn sled (minus the horse) was inside.
Here are a few of the interiors on view.
These vessels were made by hollowing out tree trunks, and were used to store grain.
This house belonged to a fuller.
The waterwheel operated an apparatus which beat wool by raising and dropping these two large wooden hammers in alternation.
Here, a waterwheel turns a bit which is used to hollow out wooden pipes.
These were used for beekeeping.
This wooden church is from the village of Zboj, and was built in 1706.
This more elaborate church is from the nearby town of Niklova-Mikulasova, and was built in 1730.
Nearby is a wooden belfry.
After spending several hours in the museum, I took the bus back to Bardejov, where spent a little time amongst the colorful houses of the old town square, which has survived intact since medieval times.
This is the church of St. Giles, located in the square.
I really like this dentate drainpipe.
After leaving Bardejov, I took the train back to Presov, where I caught a bus to Levoca, another historic town which I planned on using as a base to further explore Slovakia.