SK, Pezinok – Lavender Garden
The unique combination of vineyards and Mediterranean botany is simply not seen. However, you can easily find this connection in Pezinok, in the Stará hora wine region. We are talking about a unique lavender garden, which attracts hundreds of visitors and wine lovers every year.
One of the most important wine regions in Slovakia has thus become even more exceptional. This is where the popular and high-quality Riesling is born, and blue-violet lavender blooms nearby.
Mediterranean Atmosphere in Slovakia
The lavender garden is the result of the honest work of the scientist and agrochemist Vladimír Píš, who built it for 20 years. Together with his relatives, he was able to grow a garden that is unparalleled in Slovakia. It could be said that they brought the Mediterranean to Slovakia. As you walk through this garden, you will feel like you are in one of the Mediterranean countries. Lavender is not the only plant that visitors can admire here. There are also pomegranates, pine trees, Haleb pines, figs and many other unique plants.
The upper parts of Stará hora had a Mediterranean potential, which Píš managed to use. Thermophilic plants survive the whole winter here every year. It is not only the result of the fact that it is warming in Slovakia, but mainly honest and tireless work has its significant share in the state of the lavender garden.
Unique Area with Unique Wine
On Stará Hora, not only the lavender garden thrives, but especially the vineyards. This area is the birthplace of the popular Riesling, which also has a protected designation of origin. If this wine gets into your hands, you can be sure that you maintain the quality.
If you would also like to see this lavender garden, there is a Wine and Lavender event every year, where you can taste wines from local winemakers. The Pezinok lavender garden should definitely not be missing from your list of places worth visiting. Come and see for yourself!
GPS: 48°18'22.5"N 17°14'58.4"E
Photos: Vladimír Zelinka
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.
The collection of vines, the tasting of grape must and burčák are also inseparable from the colorful autumn. The last warm rays of the sun invite you to go on a trip. An ideal combination of both activities is a visit to the beautiful wine village Svatý Jur.
Last week we got acquainted with the history of the town and with natural or medieval attractions in the area. Today we will go for a walk around his sights.
In the western part of the Danubian Lowland is the village of Vištuk, which borders the cadastre of Budmeríc, Modry, Šenkvíc, Báhoňa and the village of Jablonec. Vištuk used to belong to the Bratislava County and the Modra District, but since 1948 it has been included under the Pezinok District and the Bratislava Region.
The village of Bernolákovo is located in the western part of the Danubian Lowland, on the floodplain of the Little Danube and the Black Water. Here you will find the magnificent Esterházy Castle, several unique sacral buildings or even the ruins of a medieval castle.
At the eastern foot of the Little Carpathians near the wine-growing town of Modra, the castle colossus Červený Kámen, protruding from the wooded landscape, will fascinate you from afar. You can get here either from the village of Častá or from the neighboring village of Píla.
Take a trip with us. We will go a short distance outside Bratislava, more precisely to the village of Zálesie (historically Gessayov), which offers interesting history, but mainly a natural attraction attracting thousands of visitors.
The most amazing historical monument of the town of Pezinok is undoubtedly the Pezinok chateau. It was built at the turn of the 13th and 14th centuries as a water castle. And despite several reconstructions, the original appearance of the castle has been preserved. Thanks to this, the Pezinok chateau can be described as an impressive and unique building.
As every mountain range, even Small Carpathians has its dominant peaks. They are above the surrounding lands. Peaks of these several giants make characteristic panorama of the Small Carpathians. They create visible dominants, they are orientation spots and give beautiful views of the surrounding landscape. One of these impressive titans of the Small Carpathians is Vysoka.
Many interesting places not frequented by holidaymakers are in the Small Carpathians. These are mostly hills with beautiful vistas to the surroundings that lure tourists to climb them. Vapenna Hill is one of the three highest peaks in the Small Carpathians and it offers beautiful vistas as well.
At the end of winter we set off to see the Natural Reservation of Rostun, in the Small Carpathian Mountain. We entered through the town of Plavecke Podhradi. All what we have seen is on the lines below.
If you like tourism and beautiful trips come and join us for one easy walk to the Small Carpathian mountains. We start at Plavecky Mikulas village. There are several marked tourist trails going on into the landscape.
In the south-west of Slovakia, approximately 25 km from the capital, there is the famous town of Modra. Historically, it has always been connected with the nearby towns of Pezinok and Svatý Jur, as well as with many important personalities, including one of the greatest Slovaks - Ľudovít Štúr.
The Small Carpathian Mountains are not the highest mountain range in Slovakia. Nevertheless, they have a lot to offer. There are many interesting and picturesque nooks. From some peaks there are magnificent views of the landscape. However, the visitor will be enchanted by deep forests, caves, or many rock formations along the ridges.
The Male Karpaty mountains is a very beautiful mountain range situated in the west of Sloavkia. There are many interesting paleontological and geological localities in the south of the range. The significance of this area led to foundation of a new Slovak geopark - the Sandberg-Pajstun geopark (SAPAG).
You may go into the Small Carpathians anytime of the year. Tourist trails will lead you to interesting places. In this article, we tell you about one of possible hikes in winter hikes up Skalnata, one of the seven-hundred-meter peaks in this mountain range.
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