With its irresistible charm, the harmonic landscape of the Beskids sooths the soul and offers plenty of space for relaxation.
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This region of forests, waterfalls, thermal springs and stone mounds can easily make your dreams come true.
The untouched beauty of nature, the unique combination of folk tradition and architecture along with the hospitality of the local people will give you renewed energy.
Relaxation in the Midst of the Beskids (© David Marvan)
You can choose from a wide range of activities – from hiking trips or tasting delicious local specialities to indulging in refreshing meditation. The friendly atmosphere of the Beskid Mountains
will make you forget your worries and will long remain in your memory and heart.
Statue of radegast, a pagan god (© Ladislav Renner, WMC Grey)
Legacy of the hermits
mountain saddle is one of the major resorts of the Beskids. It was named after the hermits who used to live there in caves in the 18th and 19th century. There are legends about a weaver’s son, who chose to live a hermit’s life in order to redeem the soul of his sinful father, and of a French prince who also decided to live as a hermit there. The last of the hermits actually died in 1874. The construction of the Šumná, Tanečnice, Libušín and Maměnka mountain chalets commenced at the end of the 19th century. This set of Art Nouveau buildings is a valuable part of Czech architectural heritage and a distinctive feature of Pustevny.
Pustevny (© Libor Sváček)
Greet the Slavic God of Abundance
When walking from Pustevny to Radhošť
Mountain, you simply cannot miss the statue of Radegast, the pagan god of fertility with a bull’s head, carrying a horn of plenty. The spectacular statue was created by the local sculptor Albín Polášek in 1930 and was dedicated to the people of the region. Radegast is one of the best known symbols of the Beskids and also gave his name to the local beer. The region is also famous for its exquisite cuisine – you must definitely try some of the Wallachian specialities such as frgále
– large circular pastries covered with cream cheese, poppy seeds, plum jam, or a spread made from dried pears. Other notable dishes are kyselica
– a thick soup made of sauerkraut, cream and sausages, štědračka
– a soup made of peas and dried plums, sheep cheese slivovice - the
homemade plum distillate, and sweet gingerbread biscuits called Štramberské uši
Wallachian specialities Kyselica (© Lukáš Růžek) and Frgále
The Open Air Folk Museum
Below Radhošť Mountain, you can visit the town of Rožnov pod Radhoštěm
, home to the oldest natural museum in Central Europe, featuring a unique exposition of Wallachian folk architecture. If you are fond of beautiful views, be sure not to miss Jurkovič’s observation tower. This treasure of Art Nouveau rural architecture is rightfully considered to be Moravia’s most beautiful wooden lookout tower. The Šipka cave, which used to serve as shelter for wild animals and prehistoric hunters will certainly give free rein to your imagination, as will the Bučací
waterfall and the better-known waterfalls on the river Satina. The picturesque mountain town of Štramberk is sometimes called the Bethlehem of Moravia.
Beneath the peak of Lysá Mountain
, you will find a stone mound, a symbol of patriotism, courage and friendship. With an area of 40 square meters and standing 4 meters in height, it still continues to grow as new stones from all around the world are added, including one brought from the Moon by Neil Armstrong.
Natural Museum in Rožnov pod Radhoštěm, Lysá hora (© Libor Sváček, Jan Miklín)
The Healing Power of Sulphur Springs
Sulphur springs are one of the miracles of nature.
In ancient times, the healing power of sulphur springs was used to a much greater extent in the spas constructed in their surroundings, but even today they are still worth visiting. The most beautiful sulphur spring of the Beskids is probably the Smradlavá (Smelly) spring near the village of Bílá. You will know by the characteristic smell of hydrogen sulphide that you are at the right place. Thanks to its unique chemical composition, its water has positive effects in the treatment of stomach disorders, rheumatism and skin diseases. The small wooden bridge leading over a brook to the spring together with a shelter and a couple of benches complement this unique place where you can calm down, relax and admire the healing power of nature.