MANY remarkable buildings were constructed in the High Tatras at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th. They were part of the burgeoning development of tourism in Slovakia’s mountains and their attractiveness was enhanced by the fact that they were totally or nearly all made of wood.
This picturesque small house with its turret and veranda was the first building constructed in the village of Vyšné Hágy. It was the Koliba Hotel and its construction was ordered by Count Mariássy, owner of the surrounding lands.
To the left of the hotel, a spa building was erected in 1891 in which guests could enjoy baths scented with limba (Swiss stone pine) or dwarf pine, as was the fashion at spas in those times. Count Mariássy’s tourist facilities were renowned thanks to their excellent cuisine and relatively low prices. The kitchens were supplied with the family’s own cattle and with fish from their own farm in Nižné Hágy.
The spa house was destroyed in the 1930s. The building of the Koliba Hotel still stands, though it currently houses a primary school and is in quite poor condition. But the auspicious beginnings of Vyšné Hágy can be admired in this postcard dating from before World War I.
7. Jun 2010 at 0:00 | By Branislav Chovan