The Ján Pálka cabin

THIS BARREN place with an inconspicuous cabin among dense forests does not give the impression that crowds of tourists would flock here. Vrbické pleso (a pleso is a mountain lake formed by a glacier) is the only lake of its kind in the Low Tatras.

THIS BARREN place with an inconspicuous cabin among dense forests does not give the impression that crowds of tourists would flock here. Vrbické pleso (a pleso is a mountain lake formed by a glacier) is the only lake of its kind in the Low Tatras.

In 1936 the Czechoslovak Tourists Club (Klub československých turistov) began to build a cabin near the lake for tourists, mainly skiers who skied on the slopes of Chopok and Poľana. The construction was based on plans by architect Juraj Povolný.

The Czechoslovak Tourists Club received money from Ján Pálka, who gave an unusually large sum for the time – 20,000 crowns – and the cabin was named after him. The cabin at first had two shared dormitories and two private rooms. The cabin was expanded in 1938 due to enormous interest from skiers and tourists. The first cabin-keeper was Mária Brtáňová.

This postcard from 1941 shows the cabin and the main ridge of the Low Tatras in winter.

Top stories

News digest: Schools across Slovakia are closing

Problems with regional buses in Bratislava persist. Meteorologists issue warnings against snow for Tuesday and Wednesday.


14 h
Illustrative stock photo

Regional hygienists starting to close schools

Schools in 11 districts have switched to remote learning so far.


15 h
Miroslava Sotáková

The great thing about Slovakia is the lack of crowds, says Slovak living in New York

Miroslava Sotáková works for Google and is bringing up three kids in New York.


23 h
Online shopping, illustrative stock photo.

Online scams spiked during Black Friday

Experts recommend double-checking discounts.


29. nov
Skryť Close ad