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Banska Stiavnica (Banska Stiavnica)
Ranked #1 of 40 attractions in Banska Bystrica Region
Category: Historic Sites
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Old Castle Banska Stiavnica (Banska Stiavnica)
Ranked #2 of 40 attractions in Banska Bystrica Region
Category: Castles
Owner description: The Old Castle - whose origins reach back to the early 13th century - is a review of all existing architectural styles by... more » Owner description: The Old Castle - whose origins reach back to the early 13th century - is a review of all existing architectural styles by itself . Originally an Romanesque Chapel of St. Michal built by the community of miners was in the period of Turkish invasion in the 16th century fortified with walls, bastions and towers – and from that time it was used for military purposes. In modern times Old castle was used as a police station, an ice – stock, a town’s archive and library even as a gym! A museum since 1900 offers archaeological exhibition, exhibitions of tobacco pipes manufacture (a famous craft of Banska Stiavnica), blacksmithing, Baroque sculptures, old interior watches, torture devices, gun dartboards, exhibitions “The miners are coming”, “Calvary in exile” and more. The baroques tower offers magnificent view of the city. « less
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Open-Air Mining Museum (SMM) (Banska Stiavnica)
Ranked #3 of 40 attractions in Banska Bystrica Region
Category: Natural History Museums
Owner description: The Mining Open – Air Museum with 40 000 visitors a year is one of the most popular sites in the region. On the ground the... more » Owner description: The Mining Open – Air Museum with 40 000 visitors a year is one of the most popular sites in the region. On the ground the exposition shows old mining buildings, equipment, machines and geological history. Millions years ago here was the biggest volcano in Middle Europe. The most interesting part is the mine. Equipped with helmet, mining coat and lamp, you will go 60 meters deep and during a 1,5 km walk learn about the hard work of miners from Middle Age until the end of the 20th century. « less
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The Clock Tower (Banska Bystrica)
Ranked #4 of 40 attractions in Banska Bystrica Region
Category: Historic Sites
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The Town Castle Area (Banska Bystrica)
Ranked #5 of 40 attractions in Banska Bystrica Region
Category: Historic Sites
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Ranked #6 of 40 attractions in Banska Bystrica Region
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Zvolen Castle (Zvolen)
Ranked #7 of 40 attractions in Banska Bystrica Region
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Ranked #8 of 40 attractions in Banska Bystrica Region
Category: Ski/ Snowboard Areas
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Ranked #9 of 40 attractions in Banska Bystrica Region
Category: History Museums
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Ranked #10 of 40 attractions in Banska Bystrica Region
Kalvaria (Banska Stiavnica)
Ranked #11 of 40 attractions in Banska Bystrica Region
Category: Religious Sites
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Ranked #12 of 40 attractions in Banska Bystrica Region
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Schemnitz Gallery (Banska Stiavnica)
Ranked #13 of 40 attractions in Banska Bystrica Region
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Ranked #14 of 40 attractions in Banska Bystrica Region
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New Castle Banska Stiavnica (Banska Stiavnica)
Ranked #15 of 40 attractions in Banska Bystrica Region
Category: Castles
Owner description: The New castle overlooking the city used be part of the fortification system and one of the important watchtowers. Nowadays... more » Owner description: The New castle overlooking the city used be part of the fortification system and one of the important watchtowers. Nowadays it explains the history of the Turkish invasions in the 16th century and its influence on the life of mining towns. The life – size sculpture of Turks by Dionysos Stanetti and the weapons belong to the most attractive artefacts. By the way, such as tempting target as Stiavnica – the Silver city - was never conquered. « less
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The Holy Trinity Square (Banska Stiavnica)
Ranked #16 of 40 attractions in Banska Bystrica Region
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Owner description: The main town square was formed at the beginning of the 16th century and today it is the core of the town. The Town Hall and... more » Owner description: The main town square was formed at the beginning of the 16th century and today it is the core of the town. The Town Hall and the St. Catherine church, rich burgers palaces on the square sides and the plague column with of the Holy Trinity statuary form one of the city´s architectural highlights. « less
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Ranked #17 of 40 attractions in Banska Bystrica Region
Category: Ancient Ruins
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Ranked #18 of 40 attractions in Banska Bystrica Region
Category: Museums
Owner description: Kammerhof is the largest complex of buildings in the historical centre. The exhibition presents the history of the Slovak... more » Owner description: Kammerhof is the largest complex of buildings in the historical centre. The exhibition presents the history of the Slovak mining, particularly the technical collections, archaeological findings, moving models of mining equipment, the history of book printing in Banská Štiavnica, the first technical university in the world - the Mining Academy and its professors, portraits of Chamber earls and more. Exhibition is recommended by those interested in different dimensions of mining as well as in the living of miners. « less
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Statue of the Virgin Mary (Banska Stiavnica)
Ranked #19 of 40 attractions in Banska Bystrica Region
  • Archangels 07/04/2014
Category: Monuments/ Statues
Owner description: Stonemason and sculptor Frantisek Rossner finished the Statuary of the Virgin Mary in 1748. At the very top, Immaculaty... more » Owner description: Stonemason and sculptor Frantisek Rossner finished the Statuary of the Virgin Mary in 1748. At the very top, Immaculaty statue, treading the head of a monster, with angels flying around. On the column, statues of three angels are situated: Michael, Gabriel and Rafael. « less
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Ranked #20 of 40 attractions in Banska Bystrica Region
Category: Religious Sites; Architectural Buildings
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Ranked #21 of 40 attractions in Banska Bystrica Region
Category: Architectural Buildings
Owner description: The baroque-classicist manor house in Svaty Anton (St. Anton) was built at the route connecting Southern Balkan with Cracow... more » Owner description: The baroque-classicist manor house in Svaty Anton (St. Anton) was built at the route connecting Southern Balkan with Cracow and northern Baltic Sea. Inspired by the symbolic of the calendar, the building has 4 entrances, 7 arcades, 12 chimneys, 52 rooms and 365 windows. A number of famous European architects and artists participated in its building and decorating. The Kohary and Coburg families made an essential contribution to the history of the manor house. Here, they concentrated beautiful pieces of furniture, artwork and crafts from all around the world. Elderly people in the village still remember its last user - Bulgarian Tsar (emperor) Ferdinand Coburg, who lived here in exile until 1944. The manor house is a museum of art, history and hunting. « less
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Sitno (Banska Stiavnica)
Ranked #22 of 40 attractions in Banska Bystrica Region
  • magical mount 08/06/2014
Category: Mountains
Owner description: In the highest point of Štiavnické vrchy with an excellent orbital outlook to all cardinal points. For its imposing location... more » Owner description: In the highest point of Štiavnické vrchy with an excellent orbital outlook to all cardinal points. For its imposing location it creates a significant land dominating point. Changing of the Panonian and Carpathian flora is characteristic for this region. There are several protected plant and animal species here. The peak itself was inhabited already in prehistoric ages. During archeological works a huge Lužice stronghold was dicovered here. The medieval castle belonged to Koháry family, later to Coburg family. Sitno and its environs is considerd a birthplace of European tourism in moderate locations. Observation tower at the foot of the peak is in operation from Mai to September, at the same time it operates as information centre and also exposition of CHKO (Nature reserve) is located here. « less
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Ranked #23 of 40 attractions in Banska Bystrica Region
Category: Gardens
Owner description: Centuries of mining brought intensive use of wood and surrounding forests came to its limits. This - among aesthetical values... more » Owner description: Centuries of mining brought intensive use of wood and surrounding forests came to its limits. This - among aesthetical values - was the reason why the Botanical garden was established in 1838 on the ground of Mining Academy. Would exotic plants adapt and grow fast enough in Middle Europe climate? More than 250 different kinds of domestic and exotic plants make the scenery. Lean on our Giant Sequoia or Lebanese Cedar to refuel energy or just sit on the bench and relax. « less
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Ranked #24 of 40 attractions in Banska Bystrica Region
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Ranked #25 of 40 attractions in Banska Bystrica Region
Ranked #26 of 40 attractions in Banska Bystrica Region
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Pocuvadlo Lake (Pocuvadlo)
Ranked #27 of 40 attractions in Banska Bystrica Region
Category: Bodies of Water
Owner description: The Pocuvadlo Lake surface mirrors the Sitno Hill since the 18th century. Pocuvadlo is the largest lake in Stiavnica´s water... more » Owner description: The Pocuvadlo Lake surface mirrors the Sitno Hill since the 18th century. Pocuvadlo is the largest lake in Stiavnica´s water system and one of the most visited natural sites in general. It is popular for romantic walks in the nature, sailing, water biking, swimming in summer and little animal farm loved by children. Pocuvadlo is also the starting point for climbing the mythical Sitno Hill. The legend says, that inside the Sitno hill there are mighty Slovak knights sleeping for thousands of years. When Slovaks got in real trouble, knights will wake up. In fact, Sitno hill was inhabited already in prehistoric times, and a stone castle stands here since the 13th century. The castle played an important role in the provincial defence system and defeated Turkish troops more times. Preserved ruins of the castle are open for visitors; moreover at the very top of the hill you can visit a stone watchtower, supposedly the first in Europe. The landscape around is a mosaic of forests, meadows and pastures with many rare plants and animals. The cliffs at the top of the hill offer a panoramic view, under good visibility the Slovak Tatra and the Hungarian Matra Mountains can be seen. « less
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Evangelical Church (Banska Stiavnica)
Ranked #28 of 40 attractions in Banska Bystrica Region
  • Locked out 07/04/2014
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals
Owner description: Because of the numerous and rich German citizens there was a strong need of Lutheran/ evangelical church in this Catholic... more » Owner description: Because of the numerous and rich German citizens there was a strong need of Lutheran/ evangelical church in this Catholic area. With respect to a tolerance letters patent of Joseph II., evangelical churches were not allowed to have towers and stand out of the line of other houses. Stiavnica´s evangelical church built in late 18th century keeps the rules but overcomes it with its majestic copula and elliptic theatre-like design with three-storey galleries. « less
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Novy zamok (Banska Stiavnica)
Ranked #29 of 40 attractions in Banska Bystrica Region
Category: Castles
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Ranked #30 of 40 attractions in Banska Bystrica Region
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