Muráň lures tourists with local delicacy

The renewed production of Muráň's famous filled dumplings revives traditions, and attracts tourists to the region.

Traditional dumplings are baked and sold in this house in Muráň, in the Revúca Dsitrict.Traditional dumplings are baked and sold in this house in Muráň, in the Revúca Dsitrict. (Source: TASR)
More information about travelling in Slovakia
Please see our Spectacular Slovakia travel guide.

The village of Muráň in the eastern-Slovak area of Gemer has launched an unusual experiment, the news-only private TV broadcaster TA3 reported on March 14. To bring the traditional and famous Muráň filled baked dumplings back to the village, the municipal office decided to bake them on their own. They took a loan of €80,000 and employed five women to keep locals in the village and attract tourists.

The municipality of Muráň is a gate to the Muránska Planina national park.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained

Local filled dumplings were famous once, but later, their production ended. Recently, the village decided to revive the tradition. First, three people were employed but they could not keep up with the growing demand so the municipal office hired two more, and introduced opening and closing hours, Muráň mayor Roman Goldschmidt told TA3. Currently, they have five employees that bake 400 to 700 dumplings a day. In the summer season, production is expected to triple.

“Nothing ventured, nothing gained,” the vendor commented for the TV broadcaster. “It surely has paid off.”

The traditional recipe is exceptional, in that the pastry is left to rise twice: once unfilled and once after being filled. Also, butter is added, which makes the pastry finer. The dumplings can be filled with jam, curd, apples, nougat or bilberries.

Locals recall that the dumplings are part of their childhood memories.

The vendor said some people travel from abroad to buy the sweet temptation.

Apart from Muráň, the dumplings can also be bought at three places in Revúca, and more places may open in the future.

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Top stories

News digest: Slovakia still dealing with the loss of its talent

Economy minister promises extensive support for hydrogen technologies in Slovakia. Far-right supporters protested in front of PM’s house during the weekend.

The far-right ĽSNS organised a protest in front of PM Igor Matovič's house in Trnava.

Hospital manners expose the toxicity of Kollár

Unjustified privileges overshadow some good news of the coalition's work. Halloween testing will not be repeated during advent time.

PM Igor Matovič (l) and Speaker of Parliament Boris Kollár

Sulík’s party benefits from the dispute with PM Matovič

The Hlas party of former PM Pellegrini is rising, too.

Economy Minister Richard Sulík (l) was charged by PM Igor Matovič (r) to purchase millions of antigen tests.

Anyone can publish a book. Authors often avoid publishers

Self-publishing is setting a new trend.

Nikoleta Kováčová has published two cookbooks without the aid of a publishing house.