From Drugeth to Warhol

Upper Zemplín and Upper Šariš are rich in interesting historical events. The famous Drugeth family lived here in the past. The legend of coin counterfeiting is associated with this noble family. A well-known person, not only in local but also in world history is the artist Andy Warhol, whose parents came from the village of Miková. Embark on an adventurous journey and discover the history of the picturesque region.

The first day: The Drugeths in castles and mansions

The first building associated with the Druget family is the ruins of the Brekov castle. The castle wine cellar can be found there.It is said that those who lived in the castle drank wine instead of water, they believed that drinking wine may be protection against diseases. A guided tour of the cellar is possible only after reservation. The interesting fact is that the castle welcomed two special visitors - Matthias Corvinus the King of Hungary and John III Sobieski the King of Poland. A smaller museum has been built under the castle. During the season (May - October) it is open Monday to Friday from 7:00 to 14:30 and on weekends and national holidays from 11:00 to 18:00. If you follow the green tourist sign it will lead you to the cave. You can reach the castle by following the yellow tourist sign that leads from the train station in the village. The route takes approximately 30 minutes.

Make sure you visit the manor house in the town od Humenné. This wonderful building used to belong to the Druget family. It is currently the seat of the Vihorlat Museum. The interior of the building is full of many interesting rooms such as the room of the Hungarian kings or the room of Maria Theresa. Maria Theresa's room contains 5 secret doors. Near the manor house, there is an open-air museum, where you can see the wooden church of St. Michal Archangel, a residential and farm building, or a log house built before the First World War. You can find a complete overview of opening hours on the website www.muzeumhumenne.sk.

The town of Humenné is known for its charming square. In the southern part of the square, there is the Valaškovský most bridge, which was built with similar technology as the Eiffel Tower in Paris in 1900. "The bridge of love"situated above the river of Laborec, has an incredible charm. Relax for a while and feel the vibrant atmosphere of the town.

In the nearby village of Jasenov there is a stone castle above the village. the castle is surrounded by the legend of counterfeiting coins. Master Mikuláš, who was in charge of this illegal activity, was imprisoned and beheaded on the square of Prešov town in 1551.

The castle was owned by Juraj III. Drugeth, who married Katarína Nádašdyová, younger daughter of Alžbeta Báthoryová. This fact, therefore, raises the assumption that Alžbeta Báthoryová, the famous Hungarian countess, could have visited the Jasenovský hrad castle. Open to the public nonstop


The second day: Nature and horses belong together

We recommend you take an easy hike in the nearby Humenský Sokol hill. This national nature reserve can be found in the part Humenné town - Podskalka (starting point at the bus stop - Ptičie, Podskalka Jednota). Part of this national reserve is the cave Dúpna. Hike here a 3.5 km long nature trail with an elevation of 257 meters. The highest point of the reservation is Červená skala (447 m above sea level). It is possible to see from here the town of Humenné, surrounding villages, but also the Jasenovský hrad castle.

On the farm in the village of Ptičie you can find love for horses, especially while taking horseback riding lessons. It is necessary to book the lesson at least one day in advance on the telephone number +421 907 452 935.

For those who love horses under the hood, the company - T&L Motokáry Humenné offers the opportunity to experience kart - racing. The race track for kart racing can be found at Chemlonská Street 1 in Humenné. They are open from Sunday to Thursday from 16:00 to 22:00, and on Friday and Saturday from 16:00 to 24:00. For more information - facebook (T&L Motokáry Humenné) or phone number +421 951 543 257.

Po náročnom dni každému dobre padne osviežiť sa vo vode. Neďaleko (Chemlonská 7) sa nachádza mestská plaváreň a kúpalisko. Otvorené majú denne od 10:00 do 19:00 h.


The third day: On the Road to Warhol

From the town of Humenné we will go to the neighboring district of Medzilaborce. Be sure to visit the monastery, also known as "the Ruthenian Devín". It is at the beginning of the village of Krásny Brod. Its origin is associated with the legend of a blind beggar. Čertov kameň is a sandstone rock formation with a carved relief of a devil's head on the Kamjana ridge, it offers a wonderful view of the surrounding nature. The starting point is the local house of mourning, where there is also a parking lot. From there, continue to hike uphill for about half an hour until you reach a gazebo with a fireplace. Then just a few minutes of walking and your goal is reached - the rock Čertov kameň.

Let's continue to Andy Warhol - the king of pop art. Right in the center of Medzilaborce town, there is a museum dedicated to this famous artist. The museum in Medzilaborce was established in 1991. It is historically the first of its kind in the world and so far the only one in Europe. Andy Warhol's permanent exhibition about the origins of the king of pop art presents his childhood portraits, a portrait of his mother Julia, but also a shirt in which he was baptized and others. In the summer season (May - September) they are open daily from 10:00 to 16:00.

If you want to see a replica of the house from the village of Miková (where Andy Warhol's parents once lived), visit the mini-open-air museum. There are miniature versions of residential and farm buildings, as well as a miniature of a wooden temple. It is open during the summer season (June to September) from Tuesday to Friday from 9:00 to 16:00, on weekends from 13:00 to 16:00.

The fourth day - War and Ruthenians

These two concepts are an important part of the Medzilaborce district. Kalinov is the first liberated village in Czechoslovakia (September 21, 1944). As a reminder of the war, a monument is placed in the center of the village. You can take a walk in the Paseky hill (844 m above sea level). There is a lookout tower on the hill. The route starts at the municipal office and takes about four hours. About 500 meters from the lookout tower there is another monument. In the border village of Palota you can see a renovated cemetery from the First World War. The graves are placed in the shape of a rectangle that ends on one side in an arch. The cemetery is located near the main road on the right side in the direction of the Slovak-Polish border.

In the village of Habura you will find a replica of the wooden temple of St. Bishop Nicholas. The original church in the village of Habura was built in the first half of the 16th century, it is now located in Hradec Králové in the Jiráskovy sady town park. The statue of prince Laborec rises on a small mountain above this beautiful wooden church and above the whole village of Habura. Inside of the pedestal under the statue is a box with the soil of Ruthenian villages that represents the unity of Ruthenians.

The important Ruthenian awakener Adolf Ivanovič Dobriansky is buried in the neighboring village of Čertižné. In the building of the culture house, you can visit a room dedicated to this personality. It is necessary to book your visit one day in advance - phone number +421 917 745 172.

You can enjoy amazing views from the newly built Kyčera lookout tower, which rises above the town of Medzilaborce. It stands on a hill (528 m above sea level), after which it is named. It is almost 10 meters high and has three floors. It can be reached from the town of Medzilaborce, from the streets of kapitána Nálepku and Komenský (duration approx. 1 hour) and the villages of Vydraň and Ňagov (duration approx. 1.5 hours). The tower is located in the Protected Landscape Area of the Eastern Carpathians.

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