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Velke Karlovice, Beskydy (Wellness Hotel Horal)


Basic information:

The village of Velké Karlovice is located on the border of the Slovak and Czech Republics. It is surrounded by picturesque protected nature of the Beskydy Mountains. It is a typical Wallachian village. There are several tourist attractions in the vicinity.


Accommodation: Hotel Horal, which si located here

Money: Czech crown (CZK) / 1 € = 25,30 CZK

Electric bicycle rental: here

How do I get from my country to Bratislava (Slovakia)?

By plane

Bratislava (BTS), direct flights from several European cities check here.

From Bratislava airport to Bratislava main railway station (Bratislava hlavná stanica):

 o BUS number 61- transport connections. It is very easy to buy tickets through this app

Swechat Airport in Vienna (VIE), about 50 km from Bratislava, offers many more flight options.

From airport Swechat to Bratislava main railway station (Bratislava hlavná stanica):

It is best to take SlovakLines or FlixBus bus, they run several times an hour. The journey takes about an hour.

SlovakLines brings you directly to Bratislava mail railway station.

Flixbus goes to bus station Nové Nivy, from there you need to take public transport to the main railway station.

By train 🚆

There is good train connection to Bratislava from several european countries: Austria, Hungary, Germany, Poland, Switzerland. 

How do I get from Bratislava main railway station to Velké Karlovice?

By train from Bratislava main railway station (Bratislava hlavná stanica)

Bratislava – Púchov, Slovakia (train 🚆)
The journey takes an hour and a half. Trains run 1-2 times per hour. Tickets and timetable here

Púchov – Vsetín, Czech Republic (train 🚆)
From the station in Púchov, the journey takes less than 50 minutes, but the train runs only once every 2 hours. Tickets and timetable here
Train from Vsetín to Velke Karlovice, timetable here

Vsetín - Velké Karlovice, Czech Republic (BUS 🚌)
Transport connections: the bus runs 1x per hour, sometimes 1x every 2 hours. The nearest stop is 900 m from the Wellnes Hotel Horal, called "Leskové, Pod javorem"


Car rental Vsetín: offer

Taxi RS:  +420 734 466 651

To book a taxi we advise to send an SMS message to the taxi driver. Please include your name, date & time of your arrival to Velke Karlovice, whether you need to be pick up at the train or bus station and your final destination Horal Hotel. Taxi driver speaks limited English. 

Taxi trip from train station Velke Karlovice to Hotel Horal costs approximately 170 CZK (~7 EUR). Payment cards are also accepted.

How do I get from my country to Prague (Czech Republic)?

By plane

You can fligh directly to Václav Havel Airport Prague (PRG) from many european countries.

How do I get from the airport in Prague to Velké Karlovice?

From Airport Prague to main railway station Prague (Hlavní nádraží Praha)
There are seven ways to travel from Prague Airport to the main railway station: by bus, tram, night bus, taxi, car, shuttle, or towncar. However, we recommend taking the bus as the bus stop is conveniently located right outside the airport:

  o BUS number 907: This is a direct bus to Hlavní nádraží.

  o BUS number 119: Take a bus to Nádraží Veleslavín; transfer to the metro (green line) direction of Depo Hostivař until you reach the Muzeum stop where you switch to the red line heading towards Letnany. Just one stop away is Hlavní nádraží (main station).


For public transport schedule, purchasing train and bus tickets we recommend to use site: https://idos.idnes.cz/vlakyautobusymhdvse/spojeni/

There is no direct train or bus connection to Velké Karlovice, you have to switch.

Praha – Vsetín (train 🚆)
EC train departs every 2 hours, the journey takes about 4 hours (railway company České Dráhy train heading to Púchov, Slovakia).

Vsetín - Velké Karlovice (BUS 🚌)
Transport connections: operates 1x per hour, sometimes 1x every 2 hours. The nearest stop is 900 m from the Wellnes Hotel Horal, called "Leskové, Pod javorem"

Travel tips

The Wallachian Open Air Museum

The museum is in Rožnov pod Radhoštěm. It is the largest museum of its kind in the Czech Republic. It is thematically divided into three areas - Wooden Town, Wallachian Village and Water Mill Valley - in which original wooden buildings relocated from the surrounding areasas well as copies and reconstructions of historical buildings stand in the natural landscape. The museum appeals to visitors of all age groups through exhibitions created on the basis of real stories of individuals or entire families living and working in Wallachia in the past. It is located here.


The glassmaking museum

The glassmaking museum in Karolinka was established in August 2014 and presents the history, skill and art of master glassmakers not only in Karolinka, but also in Moravia. The exposition, is divided into several parts and contains over two thousand exhibits, tools needed to make glass, historical hand-drawn catalogs, workbooks of local employees.. It is located here.


Observation tower in Pustevny

The wooden treetop walkway with a lookout tower is located approx. 250 meters from the upper station of the Pustevny cableway. The highlight of the trail is a 22-meter-high tower with a glass lookout point that evokes the feeling of floating in air and provides beautiful views of the Beskydy mountains. The trail has a number of stops where you will learn about the nature of the Beskydy Mountains. For ascent, you can also choose a unique 150-meter-long cableway, which you will not find anywhere else in the country. It is located here.



Beskydy region

Beskydy is a rural region along the Czech-Slovak border. It is rich in natural capital, being dominated by forest ecosystems protected areas in both the Czech and Slovak republics. Historically, the area was settled in medieval times by sheep farmers arriving from South-East Europe after the Turkish occupation. This is known as the Valachy colonisation - Valachy is the present name of the region. 

The geographical and geopolitical isolation has created a unique culture in this region over the centuries. The rich natural biodiversity coexists with cross-border cultural potential for small scale agro-forestry and tourism. Severe climate events such as floods, wind storms or dry summers with heat waves are more frequently affecting this region and increase the risk of biodiversity loss and social instability. These are forming social dilemma of private versus community interests in water sharing management to prevent and mitigate climate risks affecting and quality of forest cover and resilience. Moreover, the global pandemic highlighted the role of cooperation in a virtual space. 

Beskydy act as COEVOLVERS LIVING LAB. Its objective is to co-create collaborative governance mechanisms for the climate-smart management of water and forests based on knowledge within the Beskydy community. It involves human and non-human actors and enhances collective action in the cross-border community of the Beskydy region.

The key concept is built on the Virtual Commons in which a common pool resource regime, which was established by Elinor Ostrom for local communities, is being developed. It is based on the digital platform to manage shared goods in online space. Their advantage is to address social dilemma under the distance relationships and multiple actors arena. Virtual Commons thus assume to improve cooperation and avoid the tragedy of the commons.

Beskydy Living Lab