SK, High Tatras – Zamkovského Cottage
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.
Štefan Zamkovský a graduated photographer was born in Levoča however he spent his life in the mountains as could be observed from his first job, he found it in the Tatra. He got job as a load bearer at Téryho and Zbojnická cottage. Zamkovský also practiced mountaineering and he built an image of one of the best mountaineers in the area. He was very hardworking and tough man loving the mountains. He became a co-cottage administrator at Téryho cottage already in 1936. Maybe there he got an idea to build his own cottage. His dream was to construct a cottage in Malá Studená valley so together with his wife he made a blueprint of two-story cottage in 1942. There was nothing standing in the way of the project thus the project could be put into practice. In the time when the cottage was opened to public it had no name. Thanks to amazing charisma of the cottager and to pleasant atmosphere of the cottage itself, people began to call it after its landlord - Zamkovského cottage, and its name remained until present..
In the cottage’s history there were many interesting people who visited it. Wife and children of partisans were, except tourists and mountaineers, hiding in the cottage during the Second World War. Even Zamkovského cottage has some shadows in its history. In 1948, the cottage was nationalized and Zamkovský and his wife were forced to left it since the regime considered them as “capitalists” and it was unthinkable to be capitalist under the rule of the new regime. In 1951, Slovaktour took over the cottage and renamed it to Chata kapitána Nálepku, so nobody would be reminded of its previous owner. Meanwhile Štefan Zamkovský was, after he had involuntary left his cottage, employed at Bílkova cottage. Due to political decisions he had to left the territory of the the High Tatras. Despite all the effort to erase his name from the history of the Tatras, locals and tourists sticked to the name "Zamka". The cottage got back its original name in 1991. If we return few years back in time we can see that a small hydroelectric plant at the cottage was opened in 1989. In 1993, the cottage was as a property restitution given back to heirs-at-law of Štěpán Zamkovský. Ing. Jana Kalinčíková has been administering the cottage since 1993, she got her previous experience at Zbojnická cottage.
Today, Zamkovského cottage hes six rooms and 25 beds, sanitary facilities are collective there. On the ground floor there is a kitchen and a cozy dinning room. There is also a relatively large terrace in front of the cottage where, during summer days, you can refresh and relax. The cottage is supplied thanks to load bearers who are bearing goods from a storehouse on Hrebienok. The cottage’s interior is completed with historic photographs showin early years of its operation.
You can get to the cottage relatively easily from Starý Smokovec settlement to Hrebienok. From there you can take easy red path leading to Skalnaté pleso. About an hour long walk is suitable also for kids. The pathway is accessible during the whole year. The Zamkovského cottage is an ideal place from where you can set out to treks to Tatranian highway. The road to the cottage is completed with the Studený potok falls. The cottage offers to its visitors also unique specialities, such as a typical herbal bearer’s tea "Marmot’s Milk", an alcoholic beverage Rainer, or a sweet tidbit called Tatramelka.
Text and photo: Oskar Mažgút
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.
It is not necessary to provide you with some extensive introduction of the High Tatras. These mountains are simply splendid. They lay in the heart of Europe, being a well-known and popular destination among domestic and foreign tourists. Mostly those who love alpine treks travel here frequently. Koprovsky peak (2367 m) is one of the most famous and most visited points of interest there.
One beautiful day we came into conclusion to climb one of the Tatranian shields. Therefore, we travelled to Strbske Pleso lake and from there we set off for the Salisko summit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This year the apartment with a sea view is probably not waiting for you, but on the mountains. But that doesn't matter at all! Along with the summer came the right time to choose the ideal place for a holiday. There is a period during which you recharge your batteries, have fun and have many extraordinary experiences. But in order for the planned holiday to really meet your expectations and purpose, you must find time to choose it, think everything through and plan ahead.
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.
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.
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.
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