Banska Stiavnica Travel Guide

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    Synagogue and Pivovar ERB
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    Synagogue
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Banska Stiavnica Highlights

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     A good place for exploring, walking, and sightseeing... 

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     Not much of a nightlife 

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     A charming and romantic place to get away... 

Banska Stiavnica Things to Do

  • Old Synagogue

    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...

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  • Church of St. Catherine

    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

    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...

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  • The Old Castle

    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...

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

    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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  • Summer Jazz Festival

    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.

    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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  • Kalvaria

    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...

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  • the Forestry Academy

    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...

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  • Swim in the `tajchy'

    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...

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  • Climb Mount Sitno

    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...

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  • Palace at Svaty Anton

    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...

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Banska Stiavnica Restaurants

  • A Room for Everyone

    Great coffeehouse with a style for everyone. Every room/space looks different, some stylish, some more comfy, and an old fashioned room for a private party. There is a place for children to play and a space outside. We had a tastefull Italian sandwich.

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  • A Wonderful Surprise!

    This restaurant was such an excellent surprise!!! Before I traveled to Banska Stiavnica, I read guidebook after guidebook and I still had no idea that this place was here. I only discovered it after wandering down a side road to go explore. :) This is no ordinary brewery and there are only 2 places in Slovakia where you can get their beer:...

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  • classic Slovak cuisine

    Excellent quality, and well priced. Nice locale. Dont go for the tomato soup if you don't like sugar (which is added). I recommend the `halusky s brinzy' (gnocchi with goat's cheese and lard), costs 119 SKK (with 1/2 litre of beer and bread).

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Banska Stiavnica Shopping

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    Beautiful things at Trotuart

    by aukjejetty Written Oct 27, 2013

    There always plenty of souvenirshops in touristic areas, Slovakia is not overloaded with tourists (yet) so it has not too many shops with all the same stuff everywhere. This shop especially is very unique, has a wide variety of items that are locally and/or handmade next to a lot of other cute objects. Jewelry, pottery, soaps, clothing, cards and a whole lot more.

    What to buy: I bought handmade catapult for my kids, a great hit!
    The ceramics are gorgeous too, and earrings made by Slovak artists.

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    • Castles and Palaces
    • Beer Tasting

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Banska Stiavnica What to Pack

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    by hungariangirl896 Written Feb 3, 2013

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Make sure you bring very comfortable walking/tennis shoes, because all the streets are cobblestone and they can be hilly at times. It's really important if you choose to go sightseeing around the Old Castle.

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    • Backpacking
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Budget Travel

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Banska Stiavnica Off The Beaten Path

  • Ilija

    Lovely little hamlet in the fields under the forest, with a church, a river, pub and plentiful fruit trees. A simple heaven!

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  • Banska Bela

    6 km down the road from Banska Stiavnica (to the north) is Banska Bela, a small satellite village, situated close to the Ferdinand mining adit. But what an impressive church for such a small place! With a closed, wooden gallery leading up to the entrance.

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  • country walks

    We walked from Pociuvadlo jezero, up Mount Sitno, down to the hamlet of Ilija, across the fields to Svaty Anton, and up through the forest to Bansky Studenec. Problem getting back though: buses are very irregular.

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