Čičmany is a small charming village in the northern part of Slovakia. This beautiful village is known for its well preserved historical architecture. Its been referred to as Slovakia’s “painted village”.
In many ways, Čičmany is a typical Slovak village with small wooden homes clustered around the town church, roosters and dogs wandering around and elderly citizens tending to their gardens. Hundreds of years ago, locals began decorating the exteriors of their wooden houses with artistic designs. The designs include abstract geometric shapes, animals, arrows, clovers, crosses and hearts. These designs can be also found embroidered in local folk costumes. Exactly why the natives decided to ornament their homes is unknown.
Čičmany is surrounded by the picturesque hills of Strážovské Vrchy, dotted with pastures full of grazing sheep and thick forests. In summer, hiking in Strážovské hills offers spectacular views. The two-hour hike up to Strážov mountain offers some of the best views in Slovakia (peak 1,213 m).