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Good Practices

Please note the following information is available in English only.
The toolkit of of good practices is one of the outcomes of the project ETNOFOLK that involved project partners from four countries of Central Europe (Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia). The objective was to collect examples of good practices in preservation, promotion and utilisation of folk culture heritage. Browse the Good Practices below or read more about the toolkit.

  • The Gyűrűfű Eco-Village, Hungarian Living Villages
    Hungary | Traditional architecture, Agriculture, Cultural landscape

    Gyűrűfű Foundation ( is an independent environmental organisation focusing its activity on the local watershed situated in the southern hills of Zselic. The foundation was registered in 1991, and has no affiliation to any of the political parties or business enterprises except those established by the eco-villagers. The mission of the organisation is to develop a well-founded, realistic and feasible small scale model of human subsistence with an emphasis on environmental and ecological considerations, taking rural areas, hamlets, villages and agricultural farms as the first priority.

  • Stekr´s Mill
    Czech Republic | Traditional architecture

    The building stands on the site of a former mill, which was built in 1540. In the 1860s, the mill ceased to be used for its purposes and was rebuilt in the so called Egerland style into a building, with a popular restaurant mainly offering regional dishes. In 2004 the building was sensitively reconstructed in accordance with the regional architectural style.

  • Grondali – A Revitalized Homestead with a Winery in Slovenian Istria
    Slovenia | Traditional architecture, Traditional food and eating

    Abitanti, typical village in Slovenian Istria hinterland, bordering Croatia, was abandoned for twenty years. Many houses stood empty for fifty years or more. The inhabitants were left to live and work in Slovenian or Italian coastal towns or migrated to foreign countries. Traditional homestead of Grondali in the middle of the settlement was the first to be revitalised: farm buildings and yards were reconstructed, traditional viniculture reintroduced and supporting activities for sustainable agro-tourism were defined.

  • Homestead Bežaj
    Slovenia | Traditional architecture

    Building interiors reflect general economic, social and cultural developments as well as natural conditions, which affect the form of the building, the way of life and its quality. The historical development is significantly connected with the use of fire and the development of the kitchen; in Slovenia, different historical types of kitchen (hearth, smoke room, black and stove kitchen, white kitchen) are still preserved.