Town of Holíč to repair historical windmill

The cross border project called Ausblick mit Weiblick aims to restore the building and exhibit the history of mills and their importance.

Wind-mill in HolíčWind-mill in Holíč (Source: TASR)
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The western-Slovak town of Holíč is going to repair its windmill with the cooperation with the Austrian town of Hollabrunn. Holíč is asking for a non-recourse loan for the Ausblick mit Weitblick (i.e. Outlook with Far-sight) project which is part of the the Interreg V-A Slovak Republic-Austria cross-border cooperation initiative, the TASR newswire wrote.

City councillors have approved the bid for a subsidy. The project will focus on the mills and the industry surrounding them, and as part of this Holíč will renovate its windmill.

The project is divided into two parts.

“The investment part will mean the renovation of the roof and the wings on the windmill, building an outlook tower on Hrebeň, and organising an information system,” official of the regional development and subsidy policy department of the Holič Town Office, Katarína Turečková, told TASR.

In the non-investment part, various joint cultural activities are planned, like the miller's academy, a symposium of smiths and tinkers, a joint travelling exhibition of smithery and tinkery products, and the sampling of local delicacies. Part of the project will also be expert seminars, information trips for Slovak and Austrian journalists and the elaboration of a joint strategy to market the Mačka Záhoráčka brand and logo and a manual for its use.

“All these activities will be done jointly,” Turečková summed up for TASR.

The Mačka Záhoráčka (The Cat of Záhorie area) – the marketing brand – will be a black cat with a mill wheel.

“For now, the Mačka Záhoráčka will show the tourist route along the Záhorie mills but in the future, its use will be expanded to other sites and monuments,” Turečková explained, adding that the know-how comes form the Austrian partner where it is a “Kellerkatze”, meaning A Cellar Cat.

The ultimate goal of the project is to increase the attractiveness of the cultural and natural heritage for locals as well as for visitors of the cross-border region.

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