"Banska Stiavnica" Banska Stiavnica by hungariangirl896

Banska Stiavnica Travel Guide: 27 reviews and 74 photos

Beautiful medieval city...

Banska Stiavnica is a special place in Slovakia. It receives only a couple paragraphs in most guidebooks, but I wanted to stay longer than one weekend, so I could just explore. Like other towns in this part of Slovakia, Banska Stiavnica has a very wealthy past thanks to mining. At one time, it was even a very large town. The city, which is covered in cobblestone streets, contains several historical sights as well as some good places to eat. See the sights of this city, but make sure you carve out time for wandering around and exploring like I did. You may be delighted at what you find. :)

Banska Stiavnica, a very old town, was originally home to Celts, Slavs, and Germans and has a long history of mining. Silver and other precious metals were found here and the town began to thrive as early as the mid-1200s. Banska Stiavnica was an important town in Hungary and was almost the site of a battle with the Turks.

The city eventually led the way in mining ?technology? with advanced channel systems and gunpowder. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the town was home to a mining and forestry school. Although historically Banska Stiavnica was a large town, this was mainly because of its mining industry. Not a lot of mining is done here now and the town is significantly smaller, so Banska Stiavnica relies on tourism to attract people.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A good place for exploring, walking, and sightseeing...
  • Cons:Not much of a nightlife
  • In a nutshell:A charming and romantic place to get away...
  • Last visit to Banska Stiavnica: Aug 2012
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • GentleSpirit's Profile Photo
    Jul 26, 2013 at 5:47 AM

    i would have loved to have more time in slovakia! looks like a laid back pretty town

    • hungariangirl896's Profile Photo
      Jul 27, 2013 at 12:04 AM

      It's a really beautiful town...I was surprised at how many attractions were in this area.


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