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Nestville Park

New exhibition of Nestville Park is a unique project reviving the tourist industry of the northern Slovakia - Spiš region. Its aim is to depict and show its visitors the history, traditional crafts, exceptional skillfulness of people living in this territory as well as tools used in individual time periods. These eras and artifacts are gradually displayed in separate parts of the exhibition.
Nestville Park
Nestville Park
Slovakia, Prešov region
City: Hniezdne
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Exposition Nestville Park

The name of ‘Nestville Park’ was created by joining the words NEST and VILLE. ‘NEST’ in the meaning of ‘nest’ and ‘VILLE’ as an abbreviation of ‘VILLAGE’, which is an exact English translation of the name of the village of ‘Hniezdne’. The picturesque village is located only 5 km to the west of Stará Ľubovňa. This village was first mentioned in writing in 1286, and in the past, it was the smallest royal town of the contemporary Hungary and it was granted an off-license.

Tourists may learn about the history, traditional crafts, exceptional skillfulness of people living in this territory of Slovakia and tools used in that period. They may also look into the history of spirits production, from the past up to the present, and at the end of the visit there is a special reward waiting for them – tasting of an exceptional drink produced by the company.

Nestville Park is an exhibition which bears and revives history and traditions. It represents an unusual and interesting historical cross-section of spirits production and crafts related to processing and storing spirits up to modern times. 

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  • learning about the history of the village of Hniezdne,
  • learning about traditional folk crafts in the exposition: growing and processing grain, smithery, cooperage, agricultural tools from the 12th century,
  • visit to the spirits production refinery, explanation of the biochemical processes, information about the production,
  • presentation of technology with a full explanation of biochemical processes and technologic equipment (if desired also accompanied by tasting of products + explanation of the biochemical process used in the malthouse),
  • carving gems in the spirits-tasting room – one of the largest wooden carved pictures in Europe,
  • exposhop and history of the northern Spiš region,
  • live woodcarving and smith’s workshops.

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The biggest carved picture 

At the end of the exhibition visitors may see a spirits-tasting room which is a brilliant work of art of local woodcarvers. There is the biggest carved picture in Europe which took 3 years to be made and it forms the heart of the whole exhibition. 

Seven Slovak cabinet-makers were working on it for almost 3 years. The wood used for the picture comes from an 80-year-old lime-tree and the frame of the picture from a 100-year-old spruce.

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The picture weighs more than 1 ton and has a remarkable size: its height is 615 cm and its width is as many as 215 cm. The picture is placed in the central part of the Park. It is ‘supported’ by solid oak trees on its sides which represent the imaginary windows to the past. These trees, as a symbol of longevity, remind us that the most precious heritage is the nature itself. It is worthy to note that there are 838 leaves on the trees while each one of them is hand-carved, of course, and there are various hidden common-life stories carved on it. 

Visit to the room is accompanied by a small surprise – a special reward - tasting of a unique drink produced by the company.

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Attractions

One of decisive reasons why the idea to build this tourist attraction originated was a significant discovery in the extramural settlement of the castle of Ľubovňa. The discovery was gradually supplemented with historical documents and artifacts showing that the oldest preserved distillery in Slovakia, built in the middle of the 18th century, was located in Stará Ľubovňa.

The distillery is also mentioned in the description of the Ľubovňa castle in the Hungarian geographic dictionary dated from 1851. The base of the old distillery has been lying under the castle until now and apparently it is the oldest preserved object of this kind in the territory of Slovakia.

Nestville Park is a gate to knowing one of the most picturesque corners of Slovakia.

Surrounding

Hniezdne is a village and municipality in Stará Ľubovňa district in the Prešov Region of northern Slovakia. It is situated in the northeastern part of Slovakia on the northern slopes of the Levoča Mountains in the valley of the river Poprad, at an altitude of 539 m above sea level.

Stara Lubovna district (slovak. okres Stará Ľubovňa) - Presov district, the borders with Poland in the east - Bardejov district, south-east - Sabinov district, south-west and west - Kežmarok district.

Stará Ľubovňa Castle
Stará Ľubovňa Castle

Castle of Kežmarok
Castle of Kežmarok

Bardejov
Bardejov

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Price list

Adults: 5 € Seniors: 4 €
Children [0-6]: free Students [6 -18]: 3 €


Price list for group

Adults: 3,50 € Seniors: 3 €
Children [0-6]: free Students [6 -18]:  2,20 €

 

Groups: Group have to booked a guide. The guide for the group - 10 €.

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Hniezdne - Stará Ľubovňa
LAT: 49.3012430 = 49° 18' 4.4748"
LON: 20.6392770 = 20° 38' 21.3972"

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