» SK, Pohronie: Zvolen – A City on The Confluence of the Hron and Slatina
SK, Pohronie: Zvolen – A City on The Confluence of the Hron and Slatina
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.
Many times I have visited Zvolen, the largest city of Pohronie Region. The city situated on the meeting of the River Hron and Slatina get my favour many years ago. It is not only for its friendly atmosphere, beautiful square, interesting cultural events, precious landmarks and peaceful atmosphere.
Vast SNP Square
Zvolen is modern and lively city, always something is happening there. SNP Square with a pedestrian zone belongs to the busiest parts of the city, there is also a park, fountain and the SNP Memorial. SNP Square is one of the most largest squares not only in Slovakia but also in the whole central Europe. It is located in the center of Zvolend and it is considered the heart of the city. Except of many restaurants, coffee bars, and pubs I would like to recommend you an ice-cream shop. It is hidden at one of many yards. Draught ice-cream with chocolate poured all over every time brings me to my childhood. There are several town houses lining the square. They are pride of Zvolen inhabitants. Fink’s Curia (built in the 17th century) dominates the northern side of the square. On the western side, there is an infocenter , another house contains The Museum of Lumber and Wood-mining . However, there are many other beautiful town houses. For instance, Bayer’s House and Ricott’s House located on the western part of the square. Or Almashi’s Hose and Feriencik’s House on the eastern part of the square. SNP Square has also Roman-Catholic Church of St Elizabeth built in the 13th century, Evangelical church of the Holy Trinity , or popular J. G. Tajovsky’s Theatre.
Zvolen Castle is landmark and symbol of Zvolen, that proudly stands on the hill above southern part of SNP Square. Today, the Slovak National Gallery uses spaces of this unique Gothic building with renaissance façade. Magnificent collection of Gothic and modern art. Annually, well-known the Zvolen Castle Games festival takes place in the castle’s courtyard. The festival is the oldest open air theatre festival in Slovakia. It consists of two parts, a dramatic part and an poera. It started in the year 1974.
Armored Train in Park
In the park right beneath castle there is a model of armored train Hurban. It is one of the three armored trains made in the time of Slovak National Uprising (SNP) in Zvolen ironworks (Stefanik, Hurban, Masaryk). The model is made in 1:1 ration, it is a unique memorial of the SNP.
Despite I have visited Zvolen many times, never I have visited its oldest landmark, Pusty Castle. It is also known as Old Zvolen Castle and is one of the largest castle ruins not only in Slovakia. It is situated on a partially forested hill above the meeting of the Hron and Slatina and it is only two kilometers southwest from Zvolen. You can get to Pusty Castle, which consisted of older Upper Castle and late Bottom Castle, via nature trail. Monumental crossing tower gate is symbol of the whole complex. Its remains are still in the southernmost part of the fortification.
This is not all what Zvolen contains. If you love to explore beautiful places in Slovakia, you shouldn’t miss it.
Text and photo: O. Maňáková
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.
There are many interesting places around Banska Bystrica. Malachov is one of them. We visit it today.
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.
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.
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.
In the northern part of the Banská Bystrica region, approximately 20 kilometers northeast of Banská Bystrica, lies the village of Brusno. From the cadastral point of view, the territory was originally divided between the villages of Svatý Ondrej and Brusno, but in 1960 it was merged into one large municipality. The town is known mainly for its spa, but in the following lines we will introduce you to other tourist attractions.
Last week we promised you to take you on some tourist trails above Malachov village. These take you through former mines and local anomaly of "natural fridge".
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 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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
In the Slatina River valley, about 14 kilometers from Zvolen, there is the village of Viglas and above, the castle Viglas stands proudly. It is this castle we decided to visit during our trip across Slovakia.
Krupina town, located approximately in the middle of the triangle formed by towns of Zvolen, the Levice and Velký Krtíš we'll visit for the second time. In the last article we approached the location of this city, and presented probably the most popular monument in the area - Turkish wells. Today we will talk about the history of Krupina and we´re inviting you to the nearby watchtower Vartovka.
Not that big town Krupina where lives about 8000 inhabitants is situated in the southern part of central Slovakia on the route Elected - Šahy. At first impression it could seems that this place is not that interesting for tourists, but it is not like that. Definitely you should visit it.
The village with about 120 inhabitants you have certainly missed, if you ever travel cross mountain pass over Donovaly between Ružomberok and Banská Bystrica.
At first glance you might village Malachov located in the middle in Slovak republic considered one of the local part of Banska Bystrica. Appearances are deceptive in this case.
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