Šťiavnické vrchy (Šťiavnické hills) - Slovakia

Extent: 856 km²

This is most extended volcanic mountain range of West Carpathian Mountains, situated in Central Slovakia in districts of Levice, Žarnovica, Žiar nad Hronom, Banská Štiavnica, Zvolen and Krupina. These hills are formed with volcanic eruptives with presence of silver ore. It is quite well populated, thanks to mining activity in past. This mountain range area belongs to Slovak Iron Ore Mountains.

Highest peak: Sitno (1009 m)

Surface: originally covered with oaks, beech-woods and hornbeam forests. So, they preserved in lower sites only, as a consequence of mining activity. In higher sites predominate pine-woods, sometimes with fir-woods and pines. In areas, where trees are missing, the surface is covered with grass copse, where there are to be found warm-loving and mountaneous sorts of plants and animals.

Climatic zone: moderately warm and rather cold

Relief is mostly hilly and montaneous. Preserved rests of lava formed rocky formations. This area has ideal conditions for tourist activity. Several nature reservations and specialities  are to be found here. The area was declared as Preserved Country in 1979.


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SK, Region of Banská Bystrica – Important Mining Region III
Published: 11.4.2021
Today, we will end our trip in the Banská Bystrica region with a visit to picturesque villages and towns. We will also take you through natural nooks and crannies, technical monuments, and even stop at the symbolic center of Europe.

SK, Banskobystrický kraj – Significant Mining Region II
Published: 4.4.2021
After a week we will return to the Banská Bystrica region. In the following lines, we will please all cycling enthusiasts, as well as history and monuments. Gradually we will go to Pustý hrad, to the village of Špania Dolina and by bike we will get to the secrets.

SK, Nitra Region – A Region Geothermal Springs II
Published: 14.2.2021
After a week, we continue exploring the Nitra region, whose highest point is Panská Javorina (942.6 m above sea level, Považský Inovec mountain range), where a 16-meter-high wooden lookout tower has been rising since 2010.

SK: Marian Columns – Stone Witnesses of Victories over Epidemics IV
Published: 5.7.2020
Central Slovak mining towns flourished thanks to the mining of precious metals. It acquired considerable property, which was also reflected in their architecture. The period marked by the plague epidemic brought plague columns to their squares as symbols of thanks. Their construction was not spared at all, which makes them so monumental. Today we will go to cities whose bowels were hidden deposits of silver and gold.

SK, Banska Stiavnica on Old Postcards
Published: 3.1.2018
One of the most beautiful mining cities in Slovakia – Banska Stiavnica. It is unique for its architecture, history, and atmosphere like anywhere else. Its romantic streets and quiant nooks tempt you to discover this place of long history.

SK, Banska Stiavnica: Ancient Beauty Set in Nature – VIDEO
Published: 27.6.2017
Join us for a tour to the Stiavnice region. Banska Stiavnica is sort of its cultural, historic and social center.

SK, Svätý Anton – Not Just Town for Hunters
Published: 11.12.2016
There is the town of Svätý Anton in a picturesque area of the Stiavnicke Hills (only several kilometers away from Banska Stiavnica which belongs under UNESCO protection). Since time immemorial it has been linked to hunting the game. Today, we visit this town and learn something about its history and interesting places.

SR, Banska Stiavnica: The Most Impressive Calvary in Central Europe
Published: 30.4.2015
In the heart of Slovakia is located a historical town which is also a UNESCO town. We go there today. It is unique Banska Stiavnica famous for history of mining and many important sights.

SK, Levicky Castle – Ideal Place for a Family Walk
Published: 11.5.2014
The month of May is often called “a time for love”. It means that one should do walks either in couple or together with your children or beloved parents. What about to go for a walk together, a whole family? Today we celebrate Mothers Day. It would be nice to spend it all together.

SR: A Journey From Silver To Jewelry
Published: 28.6.2012
Slovakia is a country that is rich not only for natural beauty, but also in mineral wealth hidden in the bowels of many a picturesque village or town. Among the most famous is certainly Kremnica mining town, Banská Štiavnica or villages Spania Dolina and Hodruša - Hamry.

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