Banska Stiavnica Things to Do

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    Old Synagogue

    by hungariangirl896 Written Jul 28, 2013

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    Unfortunately, not much of this synagogue’s history is known, except that it was built in 1893. It’s no longer in use and you can see a lot of wear and damage on the building. Most of the windows are broken and parts of the walls are crumbling. Hopefully the town will consider renovating it because I’m sure it has an interesting history and many people would like to see it.

    Old Synagogue Synagogue and Pivovar ERB Synagogue
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    Church of St. Catherine

    by hungariangirl896 Written Feb 3, 2013

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    The Church of St. Catherine, which dates from the 1400s, is a very imposing structure in the city center of Banska Stiavnica. It contains a breathtaking interior as well as the resting places of famous townspeople. This very massive, beautiful church is a must-see if you are here.

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    Holy Trinity Square

    by hungariangirl896 Written Feb 3, 2013

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    Banska Stiavnica's Holy Trinity Square is located in the city center. This square dates from the 1500s and features the Church of St. Catherine and many old houses, which once belonged to wealthy miners. Later, the town's inhabitants added the beautiful column in the center because they were thankful for the end of the plague. You can use this square as a sort of base to explore the rest of the town, since several different streets branch off from it.

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    The Old Castle

    by hungariangirl896 Written Feb 3, 2013

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    Banska Stiavnica's Old Castle offers great views of the city. This building was used by the town to protect itself from the Turks in the middle ages. After making the walk up the hill and exploring the castle, you can find many good spots for taking pictures of the town and surrounding countryside. Anyone who is a history lover should visit this castle.

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    the old `Slovak' church, Kostol Sv. Kataríny.

    by halikowski Written Jun 15, 2009

    Normally closed, even in August. Only time it opens is for the Jazznica festival. Great venue to see trumpeters among the fifteenth century lecterns, with the heavy wooden pulpits nobody has spoken from for decades..

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    Kalvaria

    by halikowski Written Jul 9, 2008

    Kalvaria, a calvary, was constructed at the apogee of the town's fortunes 1748-51, but now - and in spite of two restoration projects - badly damaged and derelict. Includes 24 stations of the cross. Management consultants are sent by their company `Accenture' in Bratislava to spend their weekends helping the restoration work (first task is to clear an access road for vehicles). The calvary is situated on a weirdly shaped volcanic tufa plug just outside town. There are other calvaries in the areas, such as at Horna Roven.

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    the Forestry Academy

    by halikowski Written Jul 9, 2008

    In the 19th century, when ore extraction was no longer economically viable (and I think the central mining administration was moved to Banska Bystrica), a forestry academy was opened. A grand Hungarian building, still with Hungarian inscriptions. But apparently Magyarisation meant that foreign students from Germany were no longer attracted, and ethnic tensions with the Slovak student body was also exacerbated.

    The golden age of the Academies in Stiavnica was a short one: according to Farrar, who wrote a dissertation on the topic, only thirty years, between 1770 (when Empress Maria Theresa opened the first one) and 1800, when other European educational centres surpassed Stiavnica. The Stiavnica academy in his opinion `rapidly degenerated into a school for training civil servants' whilst others, such as Freiberg, in Saxony, produced highly trained technical experts at all levels (i.e. including humble mining workers, not just the `classe dirigeante')

    on the steps of the Forestry Academy

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    Swim in the `tajchy'

    by halikowski Written Jul 9, 2008

    Lovely, clean water lakes originally designed in the 18th century to supply a constant stream of water to power the mining pumps (there are no flowing rivers of any size in the Stiavnicke vrchy). Samuel Mikoviny was the scientist/engineer to promote their use. Now they are centres of recreation and much loved by the local populace. You can buy special books on them in Tourist Information in town. There must be about 20-30 of them in the area.

    Pociuvadlo jezero has a lot of amenities on its shores. You have at least two restaurants, two hotels (including one swish one, the Topky, oriented at a richer, older Austrian clientele), an animal farm, koliby (i.e. clearings in the forest with little simple restaurants), paddle boat hire. Just the right scale of things.

    Pociuvadlo jezero, view from Topky. Animal farm behind Topky Hotel. Benny the dog. swimming

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    Climb Mount Sitno

    by halikowski Written Jul 9, 2008

    At 1009 metres, it's not a particularly great feat to climb Sitno. Probably the most direct ascent is from Pociuvadlo, from which it takes c. 45 minutes to go up. On the top is a renovated wooden visitor's chalet with observation floor. The top of Sitno is covered with wild flowers in the summer: the late 19th century botanist and scientist Andrej K'met loved to come here and collect specimens for his herbarium, which ended up comprising 70.000 specimens.

    visitors' centre on Sitno wild flowers in July

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    Palace at Svaty Anton

    by halikowski Written Jul 8, 2008

    Visit to a country palace, most famously occupied by the last King of Bulgaria Ferdinand of Coburg, who was exiled after siding with the losing Germans in the First World War. Sumptuous nineteenth century Biedermeier rooms with luxury furniture, Chinese silk wallpapers, Japanese lacquer cabinets, Ottoman carpets, Bulgarian folk furniture, Italian statuary and staircases, Venetian paintings, English romantic gardens, local hunting trophies.

    view from the lower lake in the gardens outbuildings, currently being renovated. view from the front approach drive Wood owl, part of stuffed animal collection. Lower lake. Water lilies in bloom.

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    Summer Jazz Festival

    by halikowski Updated Jun 15, 2009

    Jazznica 2008 included Czech solo singer Eva Bittova and the Polish 4-piece jazz outfit `Soundcheck'. Entry 300 SKK on the night.

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    Plague Column.

    by halikowski Written Jul 9, 2008

    A seventeenth-century Baroque statue commemorating the recovery of the town from a bad attack of plague. You can see similar statues in neighbouring towns such as Kremnica.

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