Dolna is one of the main streets of Banska Bystrica and contains colorful, historic houses. Some of the houses have stood since the early 1600s. In the 17th century, a Hungarian king was selected in one of the houses. Some of the structures on this street are even older and date from medieval times. This area is a must-visit in Banska Bystrica and...more
Banska Bystrica's Church of Our Lady dates from the thirteenth century. In 1761 the church was destroyed, but later rebuilt. Inside the church, you can view the different altars, statues, and intricate paintings. This church is located next to the Barbican and is one of the city's main sights.more
Summer in Slovakia can be surprisingly hot (over 40 degrees sometimes!) When the heat hits in BB, grab your suit and hit up the water park just outside the centre. It's huge and has multiple pools for all different tastes, including a kiddie pool, and a man-made lake for boats. It can get pretty crowded when the heat is running high... but in a...more
The most noteworthy historical relics are in the castle area - the oldest part of Banská Bystrica. The Church of Assumption of Virgin Mary built in the romanesque style in the 13th century; the most famous chapel by Master Paul of Levoča dedicated to St. Barbora the patroness of miners; the Gothic triptych from the 15th century; metal...more
Narodna 11, Banska Bystrica, 974 01, Slovakia
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Namestie SNP 5, Banska Bystrica, 97401, Slovakia
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Namestie Slobody 2, Banska Bystrica, Slovakia (Slo
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Many good restaurants on the main place. Is nice to visit restaurant called 'U Komediantov', and 'Cerveny rak'.Special atmosphere, very kind staff, excellent taste of food, nice prices. In 'Cerveny rak' you can see and hear very good music entertainment every weekend.more
The restaurant on the picture /left is certainly very interesting as it is placed in the 'Butchers´bastion' from the 16th century. The interior in contrary is very modern and the food is good.My favourite though is 'Starobystrická pivnica' with great food, profesional service and stylish interior in the basment with entrance from 'the square'. For...more
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In every city in Slovakia there is a memorial of some sort to the Slovak National Uprising during WW II. I will be writing an entire travelogue about that, but this photo below shows Banska Bystrica's memorial (roundish building in lower left).
I have just read a message from someone who lived in Banska and this is the story behind the shape of the memorial....
''I liked your comment on the Slovak Uprising Memorial in Banska. There are couple version explaining what shape does this memorial have. Actually, although I am from Banska originally, I have to admit I have never heard one you mentioned - saying that it is an imitation of a military hat... Well - you can choose. Some people say it is:
1. A broken heart
2. A loaf of bread (offered to soldiers)
3. Janosik's hat''
[Note: Janosik is a Slovak folk hero and I will be writing about him on my Zilina page. He is called The Slovak Robin Hood.]
Now...I am quite sure my version of it being a military hat is all my own making. I bet I heard it as Janosik's hat and just confused things. But, I like the broken heart explanation best. So...the reader can choose. I think if you get to know Slovaks, you will go with the broken heart, too.
Kremnicke Vrchy and 'Tunel'. A nice walk uphill from the Tajov camping, we reached the ridge of Kremnicke Vrchy (Hills of Kremnica) at a small tunnel, dug for shelter during the Uprise in the second world war. Although the climb is steep, the nice forest gives enough reason to rest once in a while. Decending down to Kremnica makes a nice hike....more
A nice daytrip to Dobsinska Ladova Jaskyna: the Ice Cave ofDobsinska. Incredible: from 25 degrees outside you enter a cave with ice everywhere (bring a sweater!). A little on the touristic side, but together with a small walk in the neighbourhood and the train trip to and from is really nice!more