One of the best places you can visit in Slovakia
Banská Štiavnica UNESCO
The most atmospheric place in Slovakia you will fall in love with
Jewel inside volcano – Lady in the mountains – Silver town –
Genius Loci Slovakia – Artistic crossroad – Town of 60 lakes
Just some synonyms for beautiful Banská Štiavnica, Slovak most charismatic town where nature, human and culture delicately meets each other. In the past a wealthy mining town rich in silver and gold ore, nowadays an artistic and cultural base with many events going on throughout the whole year. Walking the streets you can discover lovely cafés, bars and local restaurants at every corner.
A day trip from Bratislava to Banská Štiavnica UNESCO
Departing from Bratislava city center – Primaciálne námesite (Primate´s square)
Arrival to Banská Štiavnica UNESCO
10.30 – 17.30
Your time to explore this lovely place. Local guide will
show you interesting places (approx. 1,5 hour guiding).
Departure from Banská Štiavnica to Bratislava
Arrival to Bratislava town centre
8 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT OUR JEWEL
BANSKÁ ŠTIAVNICA (UNESCO)
1. A poetic town inside huge old Volcano
Once upon a time, 16,5 million year ago there was a huge „Strato- volcano“. Scientist assume it was 4000 meters high and spread over an area of 220 square kilometers. This Volcano brought from the depths of the ground a lot of precious metals that were waiting for their time to be revealed.
2. Artist's inspiration: The most photogenic place: Castles, churches and rooftops
This town is definitely a paradise for photographers and painters. How can be
in one small town so many architectonic styles? Well, the rich history and big
importance of this place have dragged the attention to builders and architects
from all parts of Europe. One can find gothic, baroque, renaissance and
classicism building style, just within few meters. Moreover, the city is
embedded into volcanic hills which surrounds it all over and this really makes
out the unique and extraordinary shape.
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3. City of culture
Small local festivals is something what brings into this town a spirit of art and life. During summer you can enjoy many kinds of cultural events: Examples include Tematic film festival, Theatre festival, Crafts festivals, Live Chess, Well known Salamander Days, Cabaret nuovo and streteart, Music festivals and plenty of good concerts played in local bars with typical local atmosphere. Apart of that, the artistic performances can take place in town just when you don´t expect it.
4. Calvary in Banská Štiavnica - a world unique monument
„Calvariae“ or Golgota hill. The place of skulls – is a christian remembering for the passion of Christ. People here were deeply religious. Now imagine the time when there were no movies, no internet and the majority of people actually could not read. So the Art and Architecture were one of the few ways what could bring people closer tho visualization of what happened in Christ life. This way Christian statues, frescoes and symbols were the very closest representations of Gods acts.
Calvary of Banská Štiavnica is special and unique in the world scale. It is situated on majestic volcanic hill and this shape gives it a proper stamp to the whole landscape. The story of building it dates back to 1744 when Jesuit monk Perger after his travels across Europe got deeply inspired of Calvary tradition. Concurrently it was also the age of disputes between Catholics and Protestants. But here, in this Calvary they have found the understanding, what is really precious for that age. As walking on you will find many beautiful Christian displays that will bring you closer to 1700´s people feelings.
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5. The best teahouse in the world
"A Mekka for tea lovers"
This place suppose to be a pilgrimage point for tea lovers. Do you prefer tea or cafe? Well this question is irrelevant, because they serve both of them in a way that you probably never have had drink before. Teahouse „Klopačka“ in translation „A knocking tower“ dating in 1681 is situated above the city in small castle like building. Originally it was a miners tower, with a knocking apparatus as miners alarm clock that called miners to work, announced celebrations. Today in Klopačka is a perfect teahouse where they serve tea form all parts of the world – Asia, Africa, Arabia, Europe, South America… Many of these tease are so delicious, that you will fall in love with this place for sure. Also cafe serving is somewhat special – ask for it.
6. "Terra Banesium" - Explore the real underground
This is a land of Miners.. Sometimes you can experience even mystical and
medieval atmosphere. Banská Štiavnica is a mining town in its essence. When
the human started to explore the lands of Europe, old nations lived around for
centuries. First the the Celtic people came.
..and after some time a Slavic local shepherd saw two little lizards fully covered with a gold and silver glitters on their back… Since then a mining activity was main forming power, that formed this town. If you would have an X-ray view you would see thousands kilometers of mines and shafts which are under the city and all around in the landscape.
A famous gold and silver history
People have worked hundreds of years and have dug very deep into the earth depths. If you would go deep enough you may meet some imps still digging.. You can take an excursion to some of open mines, to dive down below the ground and explore the underground.
7. Visit a stunning "Love Bank"
This is something you heaven´t ever seen before. The Epicentrum of Love is an interactive exhibition dedicated to the Longest love poem in the world – Marína – written by Andrej Sládkovič in 1846. It is located in the House of Marína in Banská Štiavnica. It is here where Marína – to whom the poem is dedicated – lived for almost all of her life. The first genuine LOVE BANK in the world! Based on the verses of the poem Marína – the World's longest Love poem.
8. Town of 60 man made lakes
Another reason why Banská Štiavnica is inscribed in the UNESCO world heritage list is its technical geniality of its golden age. One can say that this town was a „Silicon valey“ of 1600 – 1800 due to its high technological inventions. Here were developed and applied many first time seen inventions and technologies. What was extraordinary was an invention of water system that consisted of machines, canals and artificial lakes. This system was used for mining activities such as driving the machines, drainage of mines and water supplies for the town. 60 lakes was made by hands of people. Today 24 of them left and they form a beautiful landscape of Banská Štiavnica.