Itinerary

The natural setting of the mountain range Stiavnicke vrchy stretching in the centre of Slovakia is protected since 1979 in form of Stiavnicke vrchy Protected Landscape Area. The area includes a unique set of mining monuments and a gem among the Slovak towns - Banska Stiavnica (UNESCO)

The special elements of the landscape are artificial lakes called tajchy. They were founded for mining purposes. There are 23 of such lakes now used for recreation.

Banska Stiavnica, the focus of our Slovakian walk, was once the third largest town in the Hungarian empire founded its wealth on gold and silver mining resulting in an extraordinary architectural richness in the town itself.

  1. Day 1 Arrival in Zvolen, Slovakia.

    - Arrival in Zvolen town
    - Meeting with our representative in Zvolen
    - Accommodation in a hotel; informal reception

  2. Day 2 Hike from Babina to Svaty Anton.

    - Breakfast
    - Bus transport to Babina village
    - Hiking route: Babina - Svaty Anton
    - Accommodation in stylish guest house

    Zvolen - Svaty Anton (4 hrs)
    In the morning short public bus transport to village Babina and start with walk to Bansky Studenec village. Walk finishes in Svaty Anton village.
    A gentler open countryside walk today takes you along "levadas" and through beech and oak woodland to the village of Bansky Studenec with mining lake - tajch. Then still open countryside follows before you get into the village of Svaty Anton, dominated by the 18th century Mansion Despite the shortness of the walk, leave early enough to arrive at the Mansion before closing time, before a short stroll down the village street to your comfortable accommodation in a restored old pub.

    Route: Zvolen - Babina – Bansky Studenec - Svaty Anton

    Walk's details (interactive map):

  3. Day 3 Hike from Svaty Anton to Stiavnicke Bane.

    - Breakfast
    - Hiking route: Svaty Anton - Stiavnicke Bane
    - Accommodation in a guest house

    Svaty Anton - Stiavnicke Bane (5 hrs)
    Today's walk takes you through beech and oak woodland on the top of Sitno peak (1009 EASL), the highest peak in the area. A clamber down the N face is followed by a gentle descent through the woods to your lakeside guest house at Pocuvado lake. Continue to Stiavnicke Bane village to the guest house situated on the bank of the lake.

    Route: Svaty Anton - Sitno peak - Pocuvadlo lake - Stiavnicke Bane

    Walk's details (interactive map):

  4. Day 4 Hike from Stiavnicke Bane to Banska Stiavnica town.

    - Breakfast
    - Hiking route: Stiavnicke Bane - Banska Stiavnica
    - Accommodation in a guest house
    Stiavnicke Bane - Banska Stiavnica (5 hrs)
    Several alternatives and a diversion are available today.
    Suggested is red marked trail around west side of surroundings hills to Cervena Studna and then walk down into the architectural glories of Banska Stiavnica UNESCO sites.
    All day you can enjoy wonderful views of Banska Stiavnica sights.

    Route: Stiavnicke Bane - Cervena Studna - Banska Stiavnica

    Walk's details (interactive map):

  5. Day 5 Sightseeing in Banska Stiavnica (UNESCO).

    - Breakfast
    - Banska Stiavnica sightseeing
    - Accommodation at the same guest house

    Banska Stiavnica is former mining town and lies amid the forests of the Stiavnicke mountains. Banska Stiavnica is one of the most beautiful anf historically one of the most interesting towns in Slovakia. The town is inscribed on the List of the World Cultural Heritage of UNESCO.
    Banska Stavnica progressively became the biggest mining centre in the Habsburg Monarchy in the 18th century. In 1735, the oldest mining school in the Kingdom of Hungary was founded here, few years later it became the first university of its kind in the world. Banska Stiavnica monument town reserve comprises as many as 360 structures. Together they present a unique set of high cultural and historical value, which is set into the wonderful environment of the Stiavnicke mountains.

    The dominant sight of the town centre is Old Castle (Stary zamok) west of the Trinity square. On the opposite hill New Castle (Novy zamok) stands since 1571. It is also serves as a museum. The majority of monuments of Banska Stiavnica are concentrated into the area spreading between the Trinity square (Trojicne namestie) and the Townhall square (Radnicne namestie). The squares are separated from each other by the Gothic church of St. Catherine from the late 15th century and the Town Hall building with its slender clock tower.

  6. Day 6 Hike from Banska Stiavnica to Vyhne village.

    - Breakfast
    - Hiking route: Banska Stiavnica - Vyhne
    - Accommodation in a hotel

    Banska Stiavnica - Vyhne (5 hrs)
    Climb up onto Cervena Studna and then blue marked trail through the wooded edge cutting through the Stiavnicke hills to the village of Vyhne with thermal pool with comfortable accommodation.

    Route: Banska Stiavnica - Hadova - Kerling - Vyhne

    Walk's details (interactive map):

  7. Day 7 Farewell.

    - Breakfast
    - Short taxi transport to Zarnovica town to take train or bus back to Bratislava (other arrangements for transport can be made upon request)
    - End of the tour

Basic information

from €350 per person

Duration: 7 days

Type/style: Self-guided walking tour

Level of difficulty: Easy / moderate

Languages: English, French, Deutsch

Pick up & Drop off: On your request

Vyhne Svaty Anton Manor House Bansky Studenec Village Tajchy of Banska Stiavnica Sitno Peak Banska Stiavnica Trinity Square New Castle in Banska Stiavnica Calvary in Banska Stiavnica

Included

- Accommodation in stylish guest houses and hotels:
- 1 night in Zvolen
- 1 night in Svaty Anton
- 1 night in Stiavnicke Bane
- 2 nights in Banska Stiavnica
- 1 night in Vyhne
- Half board (breakfast, packed lunch)
- Meeting with our representative on arrival day
- Luggage transport
- Information materials and maps

Excluded

- Dinner; possible to order full board for extra charge of 42,-EUR/person
- Airport transfer on arrival/departure day (possible to arrange for an extra cost)