Habakuky, Donovaly: Address, Habakuky Reviews: 3/5

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Horrible staff attitude
Sep 2020 • Family
It used to be a lovely place but not it looks abandoned and rough it is expensive for what it offers and the staff were super rude to us as customers. Avoid not worth it and they don’t deserve paying customers with their attitude.
Written 6 September 2020
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Robert H
Graz, Austria4 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
We came yesterday yo haberkuk wit our 3 kids(3,5,8) n 2 slowak friends 12. All of them very exited n looking 4ward to this atraktivity. Nice meet n.great, very friendly staff, very nice unique buildings (best days allready gone, new painting n new woodparts especialy on the islandcastle required... good actors, but..all in all its big shopingcenter for kids, there is one blacksmith offering kids wearing a spuky mask, n a bellmaker, n girl presenting marionetts, but were kids can try or do something with her own hands? (Stonebrasletshow what for??)also the 2 big boys (came there 2years ago with school said, its pitty for the money...n as allready mentiond by others only junkfood
So nice idear, but needs new good padagogik concept, less comerce. If y watch the pic on www y v seen allready 85%of habakuk we think its not worth the money, not changing back habakukmoney is not fair to.. not recomendable...for kids between 3 n 12 :-) bether go to river rhone, nemecko, take there boat for 5,- per person n enjoy 3h nature with swimming n.jumping from roks, y kids will never forget( last 1 h river gets dirty, so swimm in the first part :-) :-)) enjoy great slowakia
Written 30 August 2018
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Cyril C
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Pavol Dobsinsky's fairy tale village - is it really?
Sep 2017 • Family
Dear Habakuky resort,

coming to your place was one of the top priorities of my eldest son (aged 5) during this summer vacation. Even though he could not read so far, he was quite familiar with the Slovak fairy tales wrote by Pavol Dobsinsky - as we read them quite often prior to going to bed. Therefore, he looked forward very much to seeing them performed "live" on stage.

Finding the place was quite easy as the traffic signs guided us from the main Donovaly road - good job on this point, guys.

Upon our arrival we were greeted by nice lady by the cash desk and her smiling colleague who explained where to go and what to see. The village staff was also very friendly. So far, so good ;-).

The design of the fairy tale village was quite unique and very appealing not only for children but also adults. It really made an impression of being "thrown" into a fantasy world of witches ("jezibabkas"), dragons, princes, etc. Nice work!

As for the menu's within the restaurants - sorry, it did not meet my expectations. I do not know if we came in a wrong time but the offer was really poor. Yes, you tried to make the offered dishes look interesting by naming them in original style but that is not enough. We are full of french fries and "langosh' in various water and beach resorts elsewhere in the country. Here, I would expect something less "junk" - sheep cheese dumplings are okay, but it is certainly not the only traditional meal we can offer, or is it? What about soups, pirohy/sulance (sorry my foreign friends, I cannot translate these into English - these are traditional Slovak pastas filled with various fillings - they are really delicious and they are not fried!), home made fruit pies, etc?

Most importantly, the fairy tales presented during our stay were, in my opinion, not focused on children, let's say, aged 4 -11. Out of 5 fairy tales, only two had "traditional" features - e.g., the good fighting the evil, lessons learned at the end of the story, etc. Adults could find them funny but definitely not the children. As I was looking at kids during performances they were amazed by the visual and sound effects rather than the idea of the story. The art director should focus on kids' ability to understand the whole story.

And finally, using credit cards is a MUST nowadays. Exchanging EURO for habakuky currency is fun but requires you to have cash in your pocket. In addition, the rule of not exchanging back unused habakuky coins to EURO does not seem fair to me, sorry.

Overall, the impression is good but a lot needs to be done..... What would definitely help the resort is a day or two dedicated to foreign children, in English, let's say. What do you think?

Good luck!
Written 1 September 2017
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Daniel T
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only for Slovak children
Aug 2017 • Family
We went there with 3 kids (2,5,7 years old) non-Slovak speaking and all the supposedly special fairy tales experience was in Slovak, there was no option for us to translate anything for the kids.
They should have a clear sign in the entrance that warns about this.
They do not accept credit cards.
Be ready to spend inside more for little activities (not all included)
For 8€ a person this was a very expensive playground.
They had a play with little children with one of the characters being the angel of death...wtf!
Written 18 August 2017
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Pavol S
Kosice50 contributions
Has potential, but so far a big mess.
Jul 2017 • Family
The general idea of building a park according to slovak fairly tales is good. The execution is where it gets messy.
On positive side:
- some of the buildings are well build, look very appropriate for the setting
- I really appreciate actual blacksmith onsite, hammering actual products
- the idea that the park has several locations for performances is briliant
But the downsides are many too:
- the whole park is somewhat small, this will probably solve over time
- why on earch are you trying so hard to keep the fairly tale theme and then you smack in some utterly ug;y comercial fast food booths in the middle? Couldn't someone simply make halusky? Does the fairly tale worls really have Coca cola banners?!
- mandating your own currency is simply a rip off (given the entry fee)
- many buildings are closed, why?

I'd wait a few years before visiting..
Written 31 July 2017
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Banska Bystrica, Slovakia93 contributions
SLovakian fairy tale park
Jul 2017 • Family
It's suitable for Slovakian speaking kids, as the programmes are in Slovakian language only. Buildings are interesting, worth a visit even if you don't speak Slovakian.
Written 23 July 2017
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