SK, Banská Bystrica – Central Slovakian Gem
We can describe Banska Bystrica easily – mining history and the Slovakian National Uprising. Since time immemorial has been the history of Banska Bystrica tied to mining – mostly silver and copper.
These natural resources made the city important in the past and it importance had been raising. Bela IV granted the the then small settlement town privileges. The golden age spanned during the 15th and 16th centuries. Productive copper mining operations allowed many landmarks to be built and many of them survived till the present day. This the reason why “copper” is adjective often used with Banská Bystrica.
However, today we don’t follow the history. On the other hand, the SNP memorial, one of the most distinct landmarks in the city, with the adjacent museum are both worth visiting. And also, there one should ponder on foolishness of the mankind. Today, we are more interested in guiding you through Banska Bystrica and its greatest attractions. Then you will have no doubts left on how important it is to visit the city.
Banska Bystrica is a modern city. The tourist or traveler can see a lot here. We start in the historical center. In 1955, it was declared the landmark reserve. Its most prominent part is the city castle. Once you see its fortification and Petermann’s belfry (called barbakan) you will be overwhelmed with the feeling of greatness. It will not pass soon. Further away, there is the beautiful church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. The St Barbara chapel stands on the north side of the basilica. There is late Gothic altar by Master Paul of Levoca . Right behind this religious building there is the oldest secular landmark within the castle’s precinct – Matejuv Dum (Matthew’s House).
If you don’t enter the castle compounds and stay rather on SNP square the Clock Tower surely catches one’s attention. Built in the 16th century, its statics was damaged in the late 19th century. Its inclination increased of 68 centimeters. No wonder locals call it the leaning tower. The observation gallery is at about 20 meters. Up from there you get fantastic panorama of the city. The town hall is also on the square as well as St Frantisek Xaversky cathedral, huge black obelisk to honor the soldiers of the Red and Romanian armies. Apart from other landmarks, you can also see a Marian column and the significant stone fountains.
Another places to see are chateaus, or the highest building in the city – Europa Business Center. Inside this building there is a large shopping mall. In case of culture and art – then you can visit one of many theaters or the State Opera, Divadlo z Pasaze, Studio Tance or Loutkove Divadlo na Rozcesti. There are museums and galleries in the city as well.
Banska Bystrica is region’s administrative, cultural, and scientific center. However, Zvolen posses a strong competition in these fields. The city offers rich sporting activities. You can play some of your favorite sports here or take a trip around the city. It is a great place to set off your trip Spania Dolina, a picturesque mining town. Another option is to see the timbered articular church in Hronsek. The church is a UNSECO landmark. The Hron river is another must-see. Riding this river is an experience long to remember.
Many events take place in Banska Bystrica. All year round people from here and afar come here to see such. Should you be interested in magical medieval streets of the royal city and the atmosphere of unforgettable impressions then you must visit this city in central Slovakia. You won’t be disappointed.
GPS: 48°44'08.6"N 19°08'44.5"E
Text and photos: Oskár Mažgút
This time we will head to the foot of the Slovak Ore Mountains and to the river Rimava, where the town of Tisovec lies. The first written mention dates from 1334 and its history is closely connected with mining, more precisely with the mining of silver, iron ore and later limestone.
If you go up the River Hron, you will discover a number of villages with the traditional Horehronie culture. One of these picturesque nooks is Bacúch village. Although not directly on the Hron River or the highway, you will definitely be worth to go here. Crouching under the hills of Low Tatras offers unique traditions and beauties of nature.
Banska Bystrica is often looked at as the heart of the country below the Tatras. There one of the most important memorials in Slovakia is located. It reminds the nation of the second world war and Slovak resistance to fascism.
The natural beauty of the Horehronie region offers fresh water springs. Visiting them may bring some peasant addition to your trips in the region. Today we will go to the spring of water, which was also visited by a famous Czech writer. And we will continue to explore other fascinating places around Bacúch village.
Every Slovak, if you happen to be in Central Slovakia, logically recommends a trip to Banska Stiavnica. However, its bigger "sister" and the natural metropolis of the region - Banska Bystrica deserve attention as well. Let's get together to explore it.
The authentic forest railway, which was saved and still kept alive by a group of enthusiasts, is a popular attraction in the Čierný Hron valley. When you come here to see, you will definitely not resist and try one of the rides.
Today we will take you along the picturesque railway tracks to the mysterious Vydrovské údolí. Once used to transport lumber by train, now only laughing tourists travel here. Board the "deck" with us and walk through the forest open-air museum for a magical adventure.
The hissing steam accompanied by the whistling of a steam locomotive has been completing the color of the earth in the Čierny Hron basin for years. The nostalgia of old times, the jumping cars and the unique beauty of nature around. So it's the Montenegrin Railway! Don't miss today's final train ride.
This time we will take you to the south of central Slovakia, where it covers the largest area of all regions. We will talk about the Banská Bystrica region, whose history as well as monuments are closely connected with the mining past.
After a long time, we put on our hiking boots again and go to the mountains. This time we will visit the Poľana Mountains, characterized by a massive circular massif, which is the remnant of one of the largest extinct volcanoes in Europe.
Small and large lovers of trains, trains and everything connected with the railway cannot miss this railway. For years, it has been attracting many tourists to the Čierný Hron valley with steam hissing from a locomotive. We couldn't resist either, today we will take you directly to the station in Čierny Balog.
Enter the secrets of creating and creating maps in the Slovak Museum of Maps, which you can visit not only in person, but also through a virtual tour.
We haven't taken you to mountains in Slovakia for a long time now, so we'll fix it today. We will visit one of the mining gems of Slovakia, which is Špania Dolina. It lies less than 11 kilometers from Banská Bystrica in the arms of the Starohorské Hills.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. Many monuments, museums and open-air museums of military technology have been built over the past decade to commemorate this dark event in our history. They want to remind us not only of the destruction and casualties caused by the war, but also of the victory.
After a week, we return to Kremnica, specifically to the late Baroque column of the Holy Trinity, which recalls the plague epidemic.
In the heart of Banská Bystrica, right on the square in front of the leaning clock tower, rises the Marian column. "We will meet at Mary's," many hearers say. At the same time, does he have any idea of its history, why was it built and subsequently had to leave its place in the 1960s?
After a week we will finish our trip to the plague columns. We will talk about the fate of it in Banská Bystrica and we will remember the doctor Karel Otto Moller.
We can spend moments of relaxation actively lazing. Some people like relaxation and care offered by Slovak spas, others want to be physically active - whether by the water, by bike, or while hiking. We visited the Central Slovak village of Kováčová, where everyone will enjoy it.
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.
Last week, we introduced to you a publication on the most beautiful biking routes in the land below the Tatra Mountains. We continue in our journey to discover Slovakia even today. This time we take on towns.
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The symbolic centre of Europe we can find not only the Slovak Republic, but also in many surrounding states of the Old Continent. It just depends on your point of view and definition according to which we are looking for him.
Today our steps are directed to central Slovakia. We will visit interesting city of Zvolen, an important administrative and social center of the whole region. The city situated in Zvolen Basin, there are many important cultural and historical sights in the city worth visiting.
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.
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