What to do and see in Banska Bystrica Region, Slovakia: The Best Places and Tips

The Banská Bystrica Region is one of the Slovak regions in the country of Slovakia in Europe. It is the largest of all Slovak regions by area. It was established in 1923; its borders were last adjusted in 1996.

1. Kalvaria

Pod Kalvariou, Banska Stiavnica 969 01, Slovakia Sights & Landmarks, Sacred & Religious Sites
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4.5 based on 145 reviews

Kalvaria

Reviewed By NayiU - Manta, EcuadorManta, Ecuador

Must to see in Banská Štiavnica

We had really nice walk... pity that all three churches and most of chapels are under renovation.There is an amazing view at city from the top of Kalvária

2. Museum of the Slovak National Uprising

Kapitulska 23, Banska Bystrica 974 01, Slovakia Museums, History Museums
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4.5 based on 95 reviews

Museum of the Slovak National Uprising

Reviewed By gurufvg - Cebu City, PhilippinesCebu City, Philippines

Military Museum at the Edge of the Old Town

A short 3 to 5 minutes walk away from the center of Banska Bystrica's Old Town is this military museum which houses the memorabilia of the Slovak National Uprising during the 2nd World War. Admission to the museum itself is not free, however, you would be

3. The Clock Tower

Namestie SNP, Banska Bystrica 974 01, Slovakia Sights & Landmarks, Historic Sites, Observation Decks & Towers
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4.5 based on 104 reviews

The Clock Tower

The clock tower, also known as the green, weigh officeand lately also as the leaning tower, stands on the upper end of the Námestie SNP square in Banská Bystrica. It is one of the dominating features forming the outline of the historical centre of the town. Initially, the tower had also another purpose besides the one of the clock support - that of the watch tower. From the tower people could communicate with other watch towers on Vartovka and on Šachtičky, from where they were notified of any potential danger threatening the town. There used to live buglers in the tower, who in case of a fire went to the tower gallery and sounded the bugle alarm. The clock tower also used to be referred to as the weigh office tower, as it stood next to the town weigh officebuilding. Below the clock tower, there were the town torture chamber and prison. Since its construction, the tower has burnt out several times and undergone several modifications and changes. Since the start of the 20th century the tower has been leaning from the center line, which is visible even with the naked eye. At present the tower is leaning by as much as 68 cm. An old legend also provides an explanation as to why the tower is leaning: It was tilted by angels who crashed and seized its top while flying over its roof at night. Currently, the clock tower is open to the public, you can get to its top using the wooden staircase with 101 steps and from the tower gallery you will have a beautiful view of the cityscape of the whole square under your feet and the distant summits of the Kremnické vrchy Mts., or the Low Tatras.

Reviewed By Teachcool - Harriman, TennesseeHarriman, Tennessee

Leaning Clock Tower

If you'll look carefully from the town square, you'll notice that the tower leans slightly to the left. Great view from the top, but it costs 2 Euros and there at about 100 steps to climb to get there. We enjoyed the view.

4. Old Castle Banska Stiavnica

Starozamocka 12, Banska Stiavnica 969 01, Slovakia Sights & Landmarks, Castles
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4.5 based on 135 reviews

Old Castle Banska Stiavnica

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.

Reviewed By bhtiek - Batu Ferringhi, MalaysiaBatu Ferringhi, Malaysia

A Church that became a Castle.

This castle began life as a church. Aware that the Ottoman forces were advancing in his direction the local ruler ordered protecting walls and bastions to be constructed around the periphery of the beautiful town church thereby creating fortifications. Th

5. Slovak National Uprising Square

Banska Bystrica, Slovakia Sights & Landmarks, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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4.5 based on 104 reviews

Slovak National Uprising Square

Reviewed By Shlomi T - Nagano, JapanNagano, Japan

Very interesting place, a must when in Banska Bystrica

Very interesting place, a must when in Banska BystricaGood display of artifacts and most items have English explanation, quite a few by video display, but I find it a bit old system to operate...Beautiful building with very nice view on the area.

6. Love Bank

Radnicne namestie 18, Banska Stiavnica 96901, Slovakia Museums, Shopping, Art Museums, Specialty Museums, Art Galleries, History Museums More
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4.5 based on 35 reviews

Love Bank

The only LOVE BANK in the world is a unique place where people from around the world store their symbolic keepsakes of love, friendship or another special moment of happiness. LOVE BANK - is inspired by the true love story between Marína and Sládkovič - is created from the verses of the World's longest love poem - consists of 100 000 Security Boxes You can find the only LOVE BANK in the world in the basement of the house that is a part of 500-year-old gold mine. It is the house where Marína Pischlová lived for the most of her life. This house is a building of national and cultural significance as well as being part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Reviewed By stellasenzacielo4 - Buenos Aires, ArgentinaBuenos Aires, Argentina

Surprisingly lovely

We entered the 'love bank' expecting it to be cheesy and overpriced but I actually really enjoyed it. It's mainly for Slovakian tourists but they provide headphones with an English translation for foreigners which was quite well executed. After you visit

7. Open-Air Mining Museum (SMM)

Jozefa Karola Hella 12, Banska Stiavnica 969 01, Slovakia Museums, Natural History Museums
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4.5 based on 113 reviews

Open-Air Mining Museum (SMM)

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.

Reviewed By chinni20 - Bern, SwitzerlandBern, Switzerland

Great fun!

We liked the tour very much since Peter, our guide, went out of his way to keep everybody happy and on track. With bits of information in Slovak, Spanish and English everyone was cared for and looked after. He answered our questions thoughtfully and elabo

8. Zvolen Castle

Namestie Slovenskeho narodneho povstania, Zvolen 960 01, Slovakia Sights & Landmarks, Castles
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4 based on 77 reviews

Zvolen Castle

Reviewed By shari w - Saint Joseph, MichiganSaint Joseph, Michigan

Castle and museum

The Slovakia Nation Museum is here. Very nice staff. Large collection of paintings, even from Dutch masters. Some sculptures. Varied timelines. From Renaissance to modern day. Quiet. Enjoyable. Easy to tour. Grounds of castle are nice. Worth a look.

9. Pusty Hrad (Deserted Castle)

On a Forested Top of Hill South of Zvolen, Zvolen 960 01, Slovakia Sights & Landmarks, Castles, Ancient Ruins
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4.5 based on 45 reviews

Pusty Hrad (Deserted Castle)

Reviewed By matuskopalocko - Bratislava, SlovakiaBratislava, Slovakia

Huge stone memorial

Deserted castle is the one of the biggest ruine of csstle in Europe. The arxheologisy are working 24/7 and discover more and more artrfacts from this huge castle. Ot os great place for grill party with the family friends or just for the couples. It serves

10. PARK SNOW Donovaly

Pod Magurou 801, Donovaly, Slovakia Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks, Ski & Snowboard Areas
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4 based on 99 reviews

PARK SNOW Donovaly

A big park and even bigger dreams, that is PARK SNOW Donovaly! Excellent skiing conditions on perfectly groomed slopes and tracks for slalom, downhill, cross-country or the ever increasingly popular snowboarding. Ski slopes, at 900 – 1,361 metres above sea level with a total length of 11 km, are honed with snow cannons and perfectly prepared for skiers of every age group. Don’t miss out on the chance to try nighttime skiing or get a bird’s eye view of Donovaly by paragliding. If you are drawn to freeride or freestyle with its rails, jumps and other obstacles, then we’ve got our snowboard park just for you. Or do you want to skate, or go sledging, or try a ride in a dog-sledge or horse drawn sleigh, or go bowling, or stay indoors and ski on a trainer? Absolutely no problem here in Donovaly! And then in summer, Donovaly changes into an oasis of calm, ideal for relaxing, or an active rest for hikers and cyclists in the breathtaking countryside of the Low Tatra and Large Fatra Natio

Reviewed By Mikkel_Bue - Exeter, United KingdomExeter, United Kingdom

Good value

Park snow is a nice place for a few days of skiing. Good facilities with slopes of different difficulties, and a single board-park slope with obstacles. There weren't many tourists when we where there, and most of the guests seemed to be local, which is n

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