With the help of many people, including several WorkAway guests, Penzión Európa opened its doors on July 14, 2016. Now in operation for almost two years, we have adjusted for seasonal needs and no longer require the support of outside volunteers, including WorkAways.
However, if you are traveling around Slovakia or southern Poland, you must come to experience our idyllic village of Osturňa. If you come during low season (not July or August), mention that you're a WorkAway and you'll receive a good discount for accommodations and meals.
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Osturňa is the most westward Ruthenian village in Europe. Unlike surrounding Polish and Slovak villages, Osturňa has its own culture, traditions, and dialect. It is a small and fascinating community of people.
I currently live in the pension along with my dog, Perun. He may bark, but has never bitten anyone.
The entire pension has been refurbished. There is new furniture in every room, a redesigned bar area, and the creation of a formal dining room. The kitchen has all new appliances and now a separate area for dirty dishes. Upstairs, the new beds are certainly the most comfortable in the entire region.
English, slovenčina, français
has 8 guest rooms.
Osturňa is an enchanting village in the Carpathian Mountains, just north of Ždiar and south of the Polish border. Its full-time population numbers only 325, although there are many vacationers during the warm months. However, unlike its neighboring villages, it has virtually no commercial tourist industry. There is one grocery store and one bar in the center of town.
Osturňa is the most western Ruthenian village in the world, and villagers speak a dialect that is a mixture of Ruthenian (a.k.a. Rusyn), Polish, and Slovak. The village is a historic folk architecture reserve, with over 150 log cabins dating to the 1800s. It is glorious in its simplicity and a must-see.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week