In the vicinity of Domaša reservoir
and a jump from it
The Domaša reservoir offers a rich opportunity for recreation activity. If you want to enjoy your stay there, we offer you tips for trips, thanks to which you will be 100% sure that you are in a magical area.
You will start exploring the region in the town of Hanušovce nad Topľou, which can be easily reached through the village of Detrík. A manor house and a unique archeopark are waiting for you. In the archeopark you will get to know five basic periods of prehistory and the early Middle Ages, through five dwellings and their equipment. Opening hours (May - September): Monday to Friday: 8 am - 6 pm, Saturday and Sunday: 2 pm - 6:00 pm.
You can continue to the picturesque village of Zámutov, where the folk traditions are kept by the Višňovský family for decades. Thanks to their unceasing enthusiasm, they were able to make a dream about a local museum come true. You will find it in the form of the House of Folk Traditions "u cetky". In addition to getting acquainted with traditional instruments, costumes, or various fabrics during the tour, you will learn what the words "kudzeľe", "špuľare" or "cerhlica" mean. The museum is open from Monday to Friday. Interested in taking a tour? Book it! (the phone number +421 907 214 223 or via Facebook).
In the district town of Vranov nad Topľou there is a unique Basilica Minor of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary. It will amaze you with its beautiful interior decoration built in the baroque style. This historical monument also became known thanks to a miraculous event that was to take place in this region. In the 18th century, a rare historical icon of the Virgin Mary was transferred to the church, which was to shed bloody tears in front of the public. It is still in the temple. During a normal day, you will only see its interior from the entrance hall, but you can join a service of worship, that will give you the choice to see it from all the inside - services on weekdays (6: 00/12: 00/18: 30), on Saturdays (7: 00/18: 30) and Sunday (6: 30/8: 00/9: 30/11: 00/18: 30).
In the village of Vechec you can experience go-karting. The racing track for karts is 800 meters long. You can also relax in the local buffet - there is a cozy terrace with a pond, as well as a children's playground. For more information, call - +421 905 785 212 or visit our Facebook page.
For those who like the past, there is an open-air museum "u Adama". You will find there various work tools, threshers, carpentry, and shoemaking aids, as well as backpacks. Eduard Adam, a homemaker, built a sightseeing helicopter, a wooden car, an iron parachute, and a train. If you want to see these precious products live, book your visit in advance on the phone number +421 905 168 953.
On your way back to the Domaša reservoir, don't forget to visit the Čičva Castle in the village of Sedliská. This castle belonged to the family of the countess Alžbeta Báthoryová. The castle is associated with the legend of the Black Rider, but also with the Book of Liars and Lies. The castle almost fell into oblivion, but thanks to enthusiasts from the civic association Pro Futuro of Čičva Castle, you have the opportunity to visit a wonderful castle. The crypt of the Barkóczy family, which is located just below the castle, is also interesting. Near the castle, there are orchards where people can come and collect seasonal fruit.
Pavol Vagaský, who has been managing these orchards for decades, says that you can pick whatever fruit you want, but you can also eat it while collecting. The advantage is that in the end, they will only weigh the fruit in the boxes, not you. You can join this activity - from Monday to Saturday from 7:00 to 18:00 and on Sunday from 7:00 to 14:00. To find out what fruit is in the course in this part of a year, call +421 57 447 6181.
The Stropkov district
The district of Stropkov has many interestingtourist attractions you should visit while staying in the area of the Domaša reservoir. An unsightly part of the history of this region is commemorated by the exhibition "Fascist reprisals" in Eastern Slovakia in the village of Tokajík, which is a memento of the terrible Second World War. A bloody massacre took place in this village in November 1944, killing 30 men. It was a retaliation of german soldiers for helping the partisans. The village was subsequently burned. These tragic events are also commemorated by a monument located in the local cemetery. The museum is open to the public from Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 12:00. If you are interested in taking a tour at another time, call +421 903 409 705 or +421 917 230 846.
The fact that this region has a gloomy past is also evidenced by the largest cemetery in Slovakia from the period of the First World War, which is located in the village of Veľkrop. 8662 soldiers of the Austro-Hungarian and Russian armies are buried in this cemetery. An educational trail from a Greek Catholic church leads to the war cemetery, which is dominated by a central monument with crosses. There is a parking lot by the temple. The route, which is approximately two kilometers long, is lined with information panels that inform the visitor about the course of the war in this area of northeastern Slovakia. The whole route takes about a little more than an hour. If you are interested in guide services (need be ordered in advance) call +421 917 588 467 or write an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is also an Animal Park in the vicinity of the Stropkov town. It can be enjoyed not only by children. Part of the area, which is barrier-free, are atypical children's facilities, a fairytale buffet, but also a contact ZOO for children with the possibility of feeding animals. This park is home for more than 30 species of animals, from birds, reptiles, rodents to primates. It is open during the summer season from 10:00 to 18:00.
The Gothic-Renaissance manor house is a fragment of the former Stropkov castle. The castle grounds were destroyed in the 19th century, the castle walls have been preserved underground around the manor house and church. The oldest written mention of the building dates from 1408. In 1911, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, František Ferdinand d´Este, stayed in the manor. The building has undergone extensive reconstruction and today houses the town museum. In summer, it is open from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 17:00, the building is also open on Sundays from 13:00 to 17:00.
In the Stropkov district, make sure to visit the unique wooden church in the village of Potoky, which was built in 1773 and still dominates it to this day. It is dedicated to the holy Martyr Paraskeva. The wooden temple has three parts - a shrine, a nave, and a vestibule. It is characterized by a high main tower and has only four windows.
The interior altar dates from the 18th century, as does the rare iconostasis. In front of the church, there is a wooden bell tower with a bell from 1839. The area of the church is surrounded by a low stone wall, which separates it from the cemetery. If you are interested in taking a tour, it is necessary to order it on the number +421 908 637 550, at least one day in advance.
Nature lovers can go hiking instead of the cultural program. Not far from Stropkov there is a two-storey lookout tower, from which you can see this picturesque town and its wide surroundings.
There is a new attraction which is part of the cycle route called "In the footsteps of Austria-Hungary". The best starting point is the location above Bankovská Street. The whole route back and forth takes about two hours.
If you want to find yourself in paradise, near the Stropkov town is the village of Vladiča. In its vicinity, you will find about 100 kilometers of various hiking trails that will take you into the bosom of unspoiled nature. You can visit the village museum in the part of Driečna, where there are also small waterfalls. In the village of Vyšná Vladiča, you will come across a tourist information center, where you can relax and refresh yourself. You can go horseback riding in the mysterious Carpathians. The starting point is the part of Suchá.
In the small town of Giraltovce, you will find an excellent distillery. This place also offers a visit of approximately 600-year-old summer oak, which was once a "jewel" of the local manor house (currently a cultural house).It is about 17 meters high, the circumference of the trunk is less than 6.5 meters. About 100 years old stone statue of a lion is a memorial to the victims of the First World War.
On the way back, be sure to stop at the church, which is located in the cadastre of the village of Nová Kelča. It is a national cultural monument, which is currently in very poor technical condition. During summer, it is open to tourists from Thursday to Sunday from 14:00 until 17:00, you can also join church services every Saturday at 18:00. Visit outside the opening hours must be arranged in advance on the telephone numbers +421 57 447 90 15, +421 54 749 12 23.