Itinerary

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

The protected landscape area Stiavnicke mountains with its area 77,630 ha is the biggest of its kind in Slovakia. The PLA was designated with the aim to protect not only the natural assets of the territory but also because of unique monuments associated with the historic settlement and mining activities. The administration of the PLA seats in Banska Stiavnica.
The Protected landscape area Stiavnicke mountains stretches in the territory of the eponymous mountain range, which was the biggest stratovolcano in Slovakia in time of the Upper Tertiary Era. It still possesses some special features. It is the biggest volcanic mountain range; the highest beech or oak trees and the lowest situated naturally growing fir trees occur in this mountain range.

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

Banska Stiavnica, the focus of our Slovakian walk, was once the "third largest city in the Hungarian empire", its wealth founded on gold and silver mining, resulting in an extraordinary architectural richness in the town itself, now slowly being restored. Our walk will take you though those hills and villages, and spiral towards the town, where you spend two days exploring its history.

The holiday ends in Vyhne, with thermal pool and perfect relax and wellness opportunities after the walking trip.

  1. Day 1 Arrival in Zvolen, Slovakia.

    - arrival in Slovakia; Zvolen town
    - meeting with our representative in Zvolen
    - accommodation
    - informal reception

    Overnight in Zvolen

  2. Day 2 Hike from Babina to Svaty Anton.

    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

    Overnight in Svaty Anton

    Walk's details (interactive map):

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

    Svaty Anton - Stiavnicke Bane - (5 hrs)

    A today's walk takes you through beech and oak woodland on the top of Sitno peak (1009 m), the highest peak in the area. A clamber down the N face is followed by a gentle descent through the woods to your lakeside pension at Pocuvadlianske lake. Continue to Stiavnicke Bane village to the pension situated on the bank of the lake.

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

    Overnight in Stiavnicke Bane

    Walk's details (interactive map):

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

    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 Slovakia's UNESCO World Heritage Site to Banska Stiavnica. All day is with its wonderful views of Banska Stiavnica sights. You will stay in your hotel for the next two nights.

    Route: Stiavnicke Bane - Cervena Studna - Banska Stiavnica

    Overnight in Banska Stiavnica

    Walk's details (interactive map):

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

    Banska Stiavnica town lies amid the forests of the Stiavnicke Mts. and is included on the List of the World Cultural Heritage of UNESCO. The former mining town is one of the most beautiful and in historical terms one of the most interesting towns in Slovakia. Banska Staavnica progressively became the biggest mining centre in the Habsburg Monarchy in the 18th century. Silver ore prevailed among the mined metals and Banska Stiavnica won the attribute of “silver town”. In 1735, the oldest mining school in the Kingdom of Hungary was founded here, which was promoted to the Banska akademia (Mining Academy) in 1762, the first university of its kind in the world. The buildings in the historic centre are included in the Town Monument Reserve. The Banska Stiavnica 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 Mts.

    The dominant sight of the town centre is Old Chateau (Stary zamok) west of the Trojicne namestie square. On the opposite hill New Chateau (Novy zamok) stands since 1571. It is also used for museum purposes. The majority of monuments of Banska Stiavnica are concentrated into the area spreading between the Trojicne namestie square and the Radnicne namestie square. 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. In the centre of the Trojicne namestie square skirted by old burgher houses and public buildings, the wonderful Trinity Pillar stands. The biggest building situated on the Trojicne namestie square is the Hellenbach House, where originally the Mining Court had its seat and which later belonged to the Mining and Forest Academy. Another bulky building stands on the Kammerhofska ulica street. It is the building of the "Kammerhof" or the Chamber Office which was constructed in 1550 by adaptation of several Gothic houses. Today it is the principal building of the Slovak Mining Museum. Its most attractive exposition is the Open-air Mining Museum which offers the possibility to descend to one of its pits.

    The Baroque Kalvaria (Calvary) in Banska Stiavnica - 23 sacral monuments situated in the beautiful Stiavnicke vrhy hills is something the visitors simply cannot overlook.

    Overnight in Banska Stiavnica

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

    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 in the last hotel.

    Route: Banska Stiavnica - Hadova - Kerling - Vyhne

    Overnight in Vyhne

    Walk's details (interactive map):

  7. Day 7 Farewell.

    Short taxi driving to Zarnovica town and then train or bus back to Bratislava. Farewell and departure from Slovakia.
    Extension of the program is available.

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 pensions and hotels
- Half board (breakfast, packed lunch). Possibility of ordering full board for 42,-EUR extra charge per person.
- Meeting with our representative on first day who will discuss with you the tour
- Ground contact in Slovakia
- Luggage transport
- Information materials and maps

Excluded

- transport from airport to starting point of the trip and back