Itinerary

Central Slovakia is a countryside full of cultural and natural beauty. This area hides many attractions and curiosities. Among the most precious are UNESCO protected biosphere reserve and geographical centre of Europe, located very close to the medieval church embraced by surrounding mountains. Old mining towns and villages with well-preserved burgher and traditional folk architecture create a very important part of Slovak and world cultural heritage. Every visitor of this area will surely appreciate a pleasant view of mountain peaks or explore the caves. This area of Slovakia creates ideal conditions for active relaxation in undisturbed nature and sightseeing of unique and precious sites. Every nature and beauty lover, as well as families with children, will find the rest and experiences they need.

  1. Day 1 Arrival in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia.

    - arrival in Slovakia; Banska Bystrica town
    - accommodation
    - free time to leisure

    Overnight in Banska Bystrica

  2. Day 2 Easy hike to Skalka hill, visit Kremnicke Bane monastery - geographical centre of Europe.

    We will ascend Skalka (altitude 1232 m), a hill in a range called Kremnicke vrchy. From here, we will have a beautiful view of Central Slovakia. A 310 metres high transmitting tower is located on the top of Skalka. Afterwards, we will go to the village of Kremnicke Bane that is a geographical centre of Europe.

    The important geographical point is marked by a small monument next to the defence wall of the church. The monument has the shape of a big oval stone reminding the rugby ball erected upwards. The foundation stone of the Slovak state was also laid here on the occasion of establishment of the Slovak Republic. A new element is the memorial of the Slovak Centre of European Integration standing on a meadow.

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    Kremnica town one of the richest towns of the Kingdom of Hungary. Today it is the centre of tourism and recreation.
    The settlement obtained privileges of the free royal and mining borough from King Charles Robert in 1328. Special privilege was that of coinage. The mint of Kremnica was founded by mint masters, invited here from Kutna Hora in Bohemia by the king of the Kingdom of Hungary. A year after its founding in 1329 the first Old Hungarian groschen coins were struck here. The mint of Kremnica also produced the ducats, which were highly praised for their quality and beauty and joined the most favourite coins in Europe.

    Overnight in Banska Bystrica

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  3. Day 3 Spania Dolina old mining village visit.

    We will visit Spania Dolina (altitude 728 m), the Monument Reserve of Popular Architecture in the central Slovakia consists of a unique set of miner houses built of wood and stones.

    The former mining village is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful in Slovakia. Copper and silver ores were mined here in the past.The tall tower of the church of Conversion of the Lord built on Romanesque foundations dominates the wonderful panorama. In order to reach the fortified church, one can choose to climb 160 stairs of a roofed staircase. The entrance is situated in a little park with the Renaissance building of the former klopacka (knocker) from the 16th century. In the area of Klopacka, precious expositions from the history of this unique location can be found. The old water main is also a precious technical monument. The locally produced bobbin lace is also sought after. In the historical building of municipal office is a new Museum of copper. A walk over the mining nature trail in a beautiful nature is a nice experience.

    Overnight in Banska Bystrica

  4. Day 4 Day hike from Polana mountain hotel to Polana Protected Ladscape Area (UNESCO).

    The protected landscape area of Polana is a biosphere reserve that is under the protection of UNESCO. Polana is the largest volcano in Central Europe where wild animals, such as bear, lynx and wolf, and many other animals and plants can be found. We will ascend to the top of the highest hill (altitude 1458).

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    Detva is a district centre and a centre of one of the most specific ethnological regions of Slovakia.It lies on the southern slopes of Polana, at the heart of the country.
    he folklore arts and traditions are subject of interest and admiration up to date. Dippers, fujaras (Slovak sheperds long pipe), shepherd’s crooks, hatchsticks and various items made of leather all testify about the originality and creativity of traditional craftsmen from Detva. Carved wooden crosses along the roadsides and sepulchral crosses are one of the most remarkable artistic manifestations from this region. Such crosses served as a basis for creating the symbolic graveyard in the High Tatras. The Detvan needlework also deserves attention.
    The expositions in the Podpolianske Museum Detva offer a peak into the history and life in the region.

    Overnight in Banska Bystrica

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  5. Day 5 Visit Sebechleby traditional old vineyard area with original cellars.

    We will visit traditional old vineyard area in Sebechleby.

    Vineyards are sprinkled with small houses and cellars called here hajlochy. Most of them are situated in the locality of Stara hora near SEBECHLEBY on the southern foothills of the Stiavnicke vrchy Mts.
    This local popular architecture is protected and consists of typical single or two-room wine growers houses with pillar porches and cellars carved into the tuff rock. There are more than hundred houses from the 18th and 19th centuries in the area. Original cellars, which along with the local church are part of the Monument Reserve of Popular Architecture, can be also visited. The visit to a cellar, as for instance that of St Urban, includes testing of the local wine accompanied by some speciality of the typical cuisine. The commune Sebechleby maintains its special and typical folklore. The locals stick to their traditional costumes and apparently are not willing to give up their old usage either.

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    Pusty castle (also known as the Old Castle of Zvolen) is situated near Zvolen on the slope of a forested mountain in the Javorie mountain range, above the confluence of the Hron and Slatina rivers, in central Slovakia. It is surprisingly large, comparable with the more famous Spis Castle.

    Overnight in Banska Bystrica

  6. Day 6 Day hike from Stare Hory village to Krizna peak.

    We will ascend Krizna (altitude 1574 m), mountain with a typical meadow upland type of a landscape. The mountain meadows put on a display of all imaginable colours from spring to fall. From the top, we will have a beautiful circle view of the country.

    Ovenright in Banska Bystrica

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  7. Day 7 Day hike from Krizna saddle to Sitno peak and Banska Stiavnica (Pocuvadlo lake).

    We will take a hike up to Sitno (altitude 1009 m), the highest hill in the range of Stiavnicke mountains. There is a unique andesite rock wall on the top of Sitno. We will also go to ”tajchy”, water reservoirs that are part of an ingenious water management system, which was built here 200 years ago. There are 19 lakes still in good shape and they are intensely used for recreation (for swimming and water sports). The area of Stiavnica Hills is well known as a mecca of minerals. In the past, gold and other precious metals were exploited from the rich ores of this area.

    Overnight in Banska Bystrica

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  8. Day 8 Visit Demanovska Ice cave in Low Tatras National Park.

    We will visit the Demanovska cave in the Nationa park of Low Tatras.

    The cave is part of the huge underground karst system in the valley Demanovska dolina below the Low Tatras Mts. It boasts a unique drip stone ornamentation, which makes it one of the most beautiful caves of Europe. The entrance is at the altitude of 870 m and it is accessible via switchbacks that start at the parking lot. One has to climb the altitude difference of 67 m (about 10 minutes). The total length of its corridors is more than 8,400 m, out of which 7,624 m have been surveyed so far. There are two visitor routes available; the longer one of then is 2,150 m long (can be walked in 100 minutes), while the shorter of them (1,150 m) takes 60 minutes.

    Overnight in Banska Bystrica

  9. Day 9 Farewell.

    Farewell and departure from Slovakia.

Basic information

from €911 per person

Duration: 9 days

Type/style: Guided hiking and walking tour

Level of difficulty: Easy

Languages: English, French, Deutsch

Pick up & Drop off: On your request

Skalka Hill Kremnicke Bane Spania Dolina Village Polana Biospheric Reserve Sebechleby Krizna Peak Sitno Peak Demanovska Ice Cave Demanovska Cave of Liberty

Included

- trip transport (fuel, parking, etc.)
- accommodation in stylish 3* hotel/pension in Banska Bystrica town with half board (breakfast, dinner)
- guide services throughout the tour as your private driver and an interpreter
- information materials and maps
- mountain insurance
- admission to proposed sites

Excluded

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