SK, High Tatras – Cottage by Zelené pleso II
Dear readers, today we will return again to the Cottage by Zelené pleso. In the previous article we talked about its predecessor – Egida’s cottage, its construction, reconstruction and other hardships. Today we will focus on the fate of the cottage itself. The cottage remained until present something like a guardian of Zelené pleso.
The cottage by Zelené pleso was ceremonially opened in 1897 and there were many guests on this occasion. In that time the cottage was named after the supreme protector of Hungary-Carpathian Association who financed its construction. It was named Friedrich’s cottage. In Slovak texts there occurred the name Bedřich’s cottage until the 20th century. The name however, vanished when the monarchy fell. The cottage was named by its location until the 1950, it used to be a Cottage by Zelené pleso. In that year it was renamed again. This time in honor of Albert Brnčal who was one of the co-founders of a unite sports organization in the first half of the 20th century and in the year 1959 he died as a mountaineering instructor under Jestřábí sedlo. Thanks to the merit of Albert Brnčal the cottage was named the Brnčal’s cottage or “Brnčalka”. In 1991 when the terminological commission replaced the name Brnčal’s cottage for its original name the Cottage by Zelené pleso, its fate luckily hasn’t changed ever since.
Telling about its history is inevitable…
Lets move from a terminological tangle little bit back to the history. The first lessee of the cottage was Eduard Forberger who provided visitors with a comfortable accommodation and refreshments. The cottage was usually visited by tourists from Upper Hungary and thanks to preserved guest book we know even about tourists from Poland or more distant lands such as England, France, or then exotic lands like Sumatra or China. An interesting fact is that the landlord kept three cows to offer his guests fresh milk. People used to go to the cottage by walk; on horses one could rent in subtatranian settlements. During the First World War there were held courses for Hungarian mountain militias. The militia however, acted ruthlessly and in the summer of 1916 the cottage wasn’t anymore in working order. After the then commission’s act some renovations were made and the cottage served on as a base camp for 40 soldiers and 5 officers until March 1917. The cottage had undergone a renovation since 1918 and it expanded. After the war it operated all-year long and it had its permanent landlord. A phone landline was brought there in 1922 and four years later the cottage was renovated again. Its capacity increased from 12 beds to 58 beds, its cafeteria was enhanced and also a closet and a landlord’s apartment were additionally built.
In the 1920s two fires burst there, fortunately they didn’t damage the cottage or even threatened it. After few other adjustments it was nationalized in 1948. Subsequent vast renovation was finished in 1957. The cottage received new electrical lights, central heating, water pipeline, social services etc... A year after there was built a new stone construction near Zelený potok. In the building was installed a small turbine with alternating current. During the winter months a diesel unit replaced the natural power of the creek. Since 1991 the cottage is administered by the Club of Slovak Tourists and the Slovak Mountaineering Association JAMES. To the year 2010 the cottage was administrated by Juraj Gantner who magnified the agricultural building two-fold. He built a water tower and did many other adjustments that today serve to our comfort and pleasant atmosphere. Today the cottage is administrated by Tomáš Petrík.
Today the cottage has 12 rooms with 56 beds. The cottage operates also as a mountain rescue service station and in the kitchen of the cottage everyone who likes food and drink will feel good. The range of products is wide there. An ideal and easy yellow marked track leads to the cottage from the Bílá Voda station. This pleasant walk is also suitable for kids.
Do not forget, after reading these lines, to take a look at our winter walk to the Cottage by Zelené pleso that is located in our photogallery. You will enjoy the beauty of the cottage that looms over the Tatra Mountains.
Text and photo: Oskar Mažgút
Fall is perfect for walks in nature. Today we follow spa sidewalk, which is less known to the public, that we accidentally discovered in the High Tatras, in the village of Stary Smokovec.
As many other places in the High Tatras (2314 meters) even Bystre Sedlo is not that well known among tourists. Perhaps, it is given to the fact that there is no cottage that would offer tourists some refreshments after being whole day on food. Or, perhaps, the route is not leading to any of the High Tatras’ peaks. There are only a few people but you will definitely enjoy your time in untouched Tatran nature.
Although winter is in full swing and snow inspires people to put on ski boots rather than hiking boots. However, it is time to schedule trips for the summer season. Those planning to go to the High Tatras, for example, may rise to one of the easternmost mountains shields, Velka Svistovka (2037 meters). Because the adjacent Kezmarska Biela Voda Valley could be walked through also in winter, many winter hikers will appreciate the following tip.
Soon winter closure of Tatranian tourist trails (15th June 2014) weill end. Therefore, in advance we bring you an interesting alpine hike trip. Our goal today is the peak of the peaks, the symbol of Slovakia – majestic Krivan in the High Tatras.
After visiting many places we return to nature today. Our steps lead us to beautiful, untamed, and unique Western Tatras, concretely to the Rohace.
Today we move from the High Tatras to Western Tatras where we visit Žiarska valley where popular Žiarska Cottage is located (1324 meters above the sea level). This position is a great starting point for any trek to the regions of Braníkov and Barance.
There are many cottages hiding in the High Tatras. Together we will explore its youngest cottage that for decades guards Štrbské pleso and surrounding mountains.
In the eastern part of the High Tatras in the end of Zelené pleso valley there is the Cottage by Zelené pleso. This popular place is often called “Brnčalka”. The cottage lies by an emerald green lake surrounded by massive peaks of the High Tatras. The history of the cottage began towards the end of the 19th century. Come with us and learn about this cottage in the middle of mountains.
Today we will continue in our tour de cottages in Tatras. This time we will go to the Rocky Cottage (1751 meters above the sea level) that is located under the second highest peak of the High Tatras – Lomnický peak – and above the settlement of Tatranská Lomnica.
In our journey across cottages in the High Tatras will continue even today. This time we move to the mouth of Malá Studená valley to Zamkovského cottage (1475 meters above the sea level) built by Štefan Zamkovský in 1943.
We invite you today again to the High Tatras, this time to visit Bilík’s Cottage that is popular among families with children or less physically capable tourists. The cottage is easily accessible and the pathway leading there is also easy.
Our journey across cottages in the High Tatras will bring us today to popular place known as Hrebienok where an alpine hotel is located as well as an upper station of a cableway, great initial place for alpine tourism or once famous ski center that comes to live in the present from time to time.
Today we move to Malá Studená valley guarded by Téry Cottage located in 2015 meters above the sea level. The monumental Tatras and Pět Spišských ples surround the cottage and it is here more than a century to offer you a touch of history, refreshments of the present and unparalleled beauty.
In the upper part of Velká Studená valley behind the Zbojnický ridge there is Zbojnická Cottage, a building with a hard fate. Going to a visit there means tourism, mountaineering, ski touring or crossing of near ridges.
City of Vysové Tatry is in terms of cadastral area the largest city in the Slovak Republic. It consists by fourteen settlements, of which perhaps the best known and most sought after tourist are two villages called Smokovec.
Perhaps every one of us has visited the High Tatras. Beautiful enchanting nature, noble and sharp peaks of mountains or crystal clear lakes give the place its unique feeling that you wouldn’t find anywhere else. Today alpine cottages enrich this scene. We will examine their history on the following lines.
In the previous article we began walking our tour of knowledge about cottages in the Tatras. We found out how they developed from simple sheds to regular cottages that are mostly parts of some settlements today. Now we will move a step ahead. We will examine the past not that distant.
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