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

December 6, 2017 Timmy Ribble

Banská Štiavnica (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈbanskaː ˈʃciawɲitsa] ( listen); German: Schemnitz; Hungarian: Selmecbánya (Selmec), pronounced [ˈʃɛlmɛd͡zbaːɲɒ]) is a town in central Slovakia, in the middle of an immense caldera created by the collapse of an ancient volcano. For its size, the caldera is known as Štiavnica Mountains. Banská Štiavnica has a population of more than 10,000. It is a completely preserved medieval town. Because of their historical value, the town and its surroundings were proclaimed by the UNESCO to be a World Heritage Site on December 11, 1993.
Restaurants in Banska Stiavnica

Pod Kalvariou, Banska Stiavnica 969 01, Slovakia +421 905 360 307
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Kalvaria

Reviewed By Okor

Old chistians holy road to church with 12 stops, some of small chapel are not in top condition, but you shall help to city and church with donarion to restore it. On half hour walk to hill you will come to top, small church is there,with spectacular view to seaside and contry. Nice and good for health.

2. Old Castle Banska Stiavnica

Starozamocka 12, Banska Stiavnica 969 01, Slovakia +421 45/694 94 72
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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 Peter S

Casle has 2 circuits.We were there.I recommended.Stiavnica was very famouse pipe workshope,castle tour shows this history.It was very interesting.They were made of clay and fired.Karoly Zachar-Selmeczen was founder and author in 19th century.This is a great pity that his art disappeared in the year 1958th.This single thing will never not be found in Europe.

3. Manor House in Svaty Anton

Svaety Anton 291, Svaty Anton, Banska Stiavnica 969 72, Slovakia +421 45/691 39 32
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Manor House in Svaty Anton

The baroque-classicist manor house in Svaty Anton (St. Anton) was built at the route connecting Southern Balkan with Cracow and northern Baltic Sea. Inspired by the symbolic of the calendar, the building has 4 entrances, 7 arcades, 12 chimneys, 52 rooms and 365 windows. A number of famous European architects and artists participated in its building and decorating. The Kohary and Coburg families made an essential contribution to the history of the manor house. Here, they concentrated beautiful pieces of furniture, artwork and crafts from all around the world. Elderly people in the village still remember its last user - Bulgarian Tsar (emperor) Ferdinand Coburg, who lived here in exile until 1944. The manor house is a museum of art, history and hunting.

Reviewed By Okor

We was there on september during a hunters festival. Nice trophys in castle, nice historical furniture, arround was festival with music and food, lot of local people in some hunters form clothing, probably is tjis very popular hobby there. For us nice times.

4. Banskostiavnicky Betlehem

Radnichne nam. 11, Banska Stiavnica 969 01, Slovakia +421 902 914 683
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Banskostiavnicky Betlehem

Reviewed By cordyroy - Naples, Florida

This small creation of a local artist is certainly both. It is the labor of love of one man who has combined the Biblical Bethlehem with historical Banska Stiavnica into one large diorama. Much of the diorama has been mechanized to show various local occurrences.
Do not miss this!

5. Open-Air Mining Museum (SMM)

Jozefa Karola Hella 12, Banska Stiavnica 969 01, Slovakia +421 45/691 29 71
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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 pelanat - Tel Aviv, Israel

The tour is about 1 hour. Slovak only guide. He didn't even bother to translate to English the safety instructions. The brochure in english is useless inside. Take a lamp for every person since its really dark inside. The coat isn't really needed if you bring your own pullover. The helmet is a must and saved my head.. there are lots of photos inside the tunnel but the guide walked so quickly we couldn't even see the educational exhibition. In short - nice experience but could be lot more if the guide walked slower and translate some sentences to english.

6. The Holy Trinity Square

Nam. Sv. Trojice 3, Banska Stiavnica, Slovakia
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The Holy Trinity Square

The main town square was formed at the beginning of the 16th century and today it is the core of the town. The Town Hall and the St. Catherine church, rich burgers palaces on the square sides and the plague column with of the Holy Trinity statuary form one of the city´s architectural highlights.

Reviewed By smallhausen1 - Manama, Bahrain

Every building on this square has it's history. Fortunately, the square is not transformed into restaurants or souvenirs only place. Still you can enjoy the mediaeval atmosphere along with fascinating nature all around.

7. New Castle

Novozamocka 22, Banska Stiavnica 969 01, Slovakia +421 45/691 15 43
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New Castle

The New castle overlooking the city used be part of the fortification system and one of the important watchtowers. Nowadays it explains the history of the Turkish invasions in the 16th century and its influence on the life of mining towns. The life – size sculpture of Turks by Dionysos Stanetti and the weapons belong to the most attractive artefacts. By the way, such as tempting target as Stiavnica – the Silver city - was never conquered.

Reviewed By cordyroy - Naples, Florida

Yes there is a splendid view from the upper floors but we found the exhibits in the New Castle to be dull. Also the open stairs are definitely not recommended for anyone with fear of heights.

8. Banska Stiavnica Botanical Garden

Akademicka ulica, Banska Stiavnica 969 01, Slovakia
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Banska Stiavnica Botanical Garden

Centuries of mining brought intensive use of wood and surrounding Forests came to its limits. This - among aesthetical values - was the reason why the Botanical garden was established in 1838 on the ground of Mining Academy. Would exotic plants adapt and grow fast enough in Middle Europe climate? More than 250 different kinds of domestic and exotic plants make the scenery. Lean on our Giant Sequoia or Lebanese Cedar to refuel energy or just sit on the bench and relax.

Reviewed By Bibi1209 - Southampton, United Kingdom

We were surprised it was free but when we visited we quickly understood why. It is not really a botanical garden, but a medium size park with some impressive trees. It provides a nice walk and on the way you can see some impressive old buildings.

9. Banska Stiavnica Tourist Information Board

Nam. sv. Trojice 3, Banska Stiavnica 969 01, Slovakia +421 45/694 96 53
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Banska Stiavnica Tourist Information Board

Free information about the town and its surroundings, museums and galleries and events. Database of accommodation facilities and transport. Guided tours upon request. Free Wi-Fi zone.

Reviewed By Saranger - Los Angeles, California

Stopped in here during our visit to learn more about the museums to visit and activities to do while in town.
The gentleman working on October 3 was very helpful, spoke excellent English, and had lots of information for us on both the traditional sights to see as well as hiking information that really sounded interesting. Too bad it rained the next day or we would have done one of the hikes.
Word to future visitors: the museums are closed on Monday (the mining museum is open Monday 10am-2pm) so don't expect to see much.
Parking is for a fee everywhere you go (even the mining museum) so make sure you pay the parking attendant wherever you go or your car will get a boot.

10. Sitno

Banska Stiavnica 969 01, Slovakia
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Sitno

In the highest point of Štiavnické vrchy with an excellent orbital outlook to all cardinal points. For its imposing location it creates a significant land dominating point. Changing of the Panonian and Carpathian flora is characteristic for this region. There are several protected plant and animal species here. The peak itself was inhabited already in prehistoric ages. During archeological works a huge Lužice stronghold was dicovered here. The medieval castle belonged to Koháry family, later to Coburg family. Sitno and its environs is considerd a birthplace of European tourism in moderate locations. Observation tower at the foot of the peak is in operation from Mai to September, at the same time it operates as information centre and also exposition of CHKO (Nature reserve) is located here.

Reviewed By Jan L - Bratislava, Slovakia

The magical and one of the famous mount in the Slovak Carpathians. According the legend there are slipping knights inside of the mount to help people in Slovakia. The highest point of the Stiavnicke vrchy Mountains is the erosion rest of the Tertiary lava. There are the oldest observation tower in the region with fantastic view. In the southern slope we can find the ruin of medieval castle.

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