SK, Little Carpathians – Velka Homola Observation Tower
Since the time immemorial people were attracted to high places so they can have a view over surrounding landscape. Observation towers emerged quickly in central Europe, mostly in the second half of the 19th century and at the beginning of the 20th century. There are countless towers in Slovakia and it can be claimed some more will be constructed every year.
You fid an observation tower on the peak of some mountain only occasionally, usually they are built on higher places that are accessible to the general public. It is worth slowing down in this fast track world, get to some observation tower and enjoy a view of local nature. Only then one really realizes in what beautiful scenery he/she lives, how much positive energy he/she can absorb to overcome everyday worries. So don’t hesitate and take on your tourist boots, pack a bottle of water, some sweet for a snack and, just to be sure, a raincoat and set out to the closest tower, forget everyday life for few moments.
An observation tower on Velka Homole
We set our goal to be the highest placed wooden observation tower around Bratislava , an observation tower on Velka homole in Little Carpathians . The very first tourist observation tower on Velka Homole is still called Kugel by locals, it is an older name for this peak. It was built by the members of the Modransky Tourist Association in 1894, the organization was canceled long ago. Since the year of 2001, there stands almost 21 meters high wooden observation tower built by the town of Modra together with the town of Pezinok. It was partially funded via eurofunds and with help of many fans. It is situated in 709 meters above the sea level and there is a really beautiful view of local landscape. You may find writings and marks on a handrail of things you may see. You would see a large proportion of the Little Carpathians, from Kamzik to Zaruby, and on the other side you may see towns Trnava, Pezinok or Modra. Don’t forget safety on your visit of every observation tower. Be calm and never jump the queue on ledgers or stairs. You also should always watch your children. Every observation tower is designed for different number of people so it is better if you don’t try to squeeze in. Rather wait few minutes outside until there is some space for you. A nice view won’t run from you and remember, safety first. At Velka Homole there is place for 10 people. Right by the tower there are wooden benches and tables and also a roofed place. After climbing up 115 stairs and beautiful view you will appreciate nice seating with firm ground under your feet.
How you can get there??
The easiest road lead from Zochova chata - Piesok recreation zone (465 meters above the sea level) along red tourist trail. It is a nice walk easy even for kids. However, you should expect even more difficult parts. Tourist trail will lead you along natural swimming pool, the Tisove Rocks and also along the astronomical and geophysical observatory. Then the road continues through forest to the observatory tower itself. In normal pace it should take you about one hour to get there.
Interesting places around
If you want to prolong your trip you may visit an interesting rock formation known as the Three Riders , which is located nearby. From there you can walk along red or green tourist trail down to Pezinok and thus finish there a beautiful day in nature at some local pub, having a glass of good wine which made Pezinok famous.
GPS: 48°21'48.04''N 17°15'40.17''E
Text and photo: O. Maňáková
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