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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.

  • Butter Museum in Máslovice
    Czech Republic | Traditional crafts

    The museum of Máslovice village is situated in a community of the same name, in Central Bohemia Region 18 km, north of Prague. The exhibition contains churning machines, centrifugal machines and other subjects connected with home and rustic production of butter. You can find a unique collection of butter packing from various countries from all over the world.

  • Competition in Cooking Štiarc (Traditional Dish of Miners)
    Slovakia | Food and Beverages, Rest Days and Celebrations, Food

    The event of cooking traditional dish štiarc has been organised since 2001 in the originally mining village of Špania Dolina, the reservation of folk architecture.

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

    Gyűrűfű Foundation (www.gyurufu.hu) 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.

  • Wooden Houses with Traditional Ornamental Painting in Čičmany
    Slovakia | Folk art

    Traditional timber houses in Čičmany are famous for their ornamental decorations. The ornaments are inspired by the local embroidery tradition. Owners of private houses preserve the objects in their original state and maintain the spirit and a representative symbol of the village. In 2013, the Čičmany ornament was inscribed on the National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Slovakia. Selected ornaments were used for the design of the dresses of the Slovak Olympic team (London 2012, Sochi 2014).

  • 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.

  • Ethnographic Collection Pr’ Mnčknih
    Slovenia | Farming

    Volunteers coordinated by the Slovene Ethnological Society, the Ethnographic collection Palčeva šisa and the Museum of Ribnica arranged an exhibition in the old barn in the Trava village. This was done upon the request of Marta Steiner, who decided to name the collection after an old house name Pr’ Mnčknih.

  • P&P (construction company)
    Czech Republic | Dwellings

    Family houses built in accordance with the local architectural style of the Krkonoše region (Giant Mountains), i. e. the half-timbered house. The entire project of 24 houses creates a unique functional urbanistic unit integrated into the national park environment.

  • Toulcuv Yard (Toulcův dvůr )
    Czech Republic | Structures and Buildings

    “Toulcův dvůr ” is an area of historic listed buildings situated in Prague-Hostivař. The area was chosen as an example of preservation of a medieval architecture through sensitive renovation. Since 1994, the structure has been gradually restored and serves as a centre of environmental education for the city of Prague.

  • Open-Air Museum in Vysoký Chlumec
    Czech Republic | Dwellings, Farming structures, Technical facilities

    The open-air museum of rural structures in the central area of the Vltava River basin in Vysoký Chlumec was opened in 1999. The museum presents folk architecture and its development from the 18th to the 20th centuries. Dwelling houses, farm houses and technical facilities such as water sawmill as well as items which served as part of the equipment of rural houses and granges, have been gradually transferred to the area of the museum.