Highlights of the trip

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Vyhne village - Stiavnicke vrchy mountains, near the historic town of Banska Stiavnica

Known for nature reserve Kamenne more (Rocky Sea), the oldest Slovak brewery from the 15th century that still operates (Steiger beer) and natural hot springs used as a spa.

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Svaty Anton - Baroque-Classicist manor house with a wonderful English park

Located in the heart of Stiavnicke vrchy mountains in village of Svaty Anton. It was built in 1744 on the site of an older castle for the Count of Hont region. Attractive hunting festival Days of St Hubert is held in the manor house every year at the beginning of September.

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Bansky Studenec - Kolpassky tajch mining lake

Reservoir was built in the 18th century. Popular local recreation spot.

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Tajchy of Banska Stiavnica - artificial lakes

Constructed for needs of mines in the past. Its purpose was to gather rainwater flowing down the mountain slopes and to conduct it into reservoirs. The water in lakes was then supplied to mines and metallurgical plants where it drove various machines. Today, tajchy offer a fabulous summer holiday to fans of camping and outdoor swimming.

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Sitno (1 009 m EASL) is the highest peak of Stiavnicke mountains

The peak offers a wide panoramic view from its top. There is a ruin of an old Sitno castle from the 13th century.

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Banska Stiavnica UNESCO World Heritage - gold mining town

The majority of monuments of Banska Stiavnica are concentrated into the area spreading between the Trinity and Radnicne squares. Both squares are separated from each other by the Gothic church of St Catherine from the end of the 15th century and the building of town hall with its slender clock tower.

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Calvary in Banska Stiavnica - late Baroque calvary unique in extent and content

The most important Baroque calvary in Slovakia and in the whole former Kingdom of Hungary - probably even in the whole of Europe. This calvary is a complex of 3 churches and 22 chapels with precious painting decorations and wooden painted reliefs.

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New Castle in Banska Stiavnica - a national cultural monument

A six-floor Renaissance building with four bastions constructed in 1564-1571 as a watch tower during the Ottoman wars. It was also used as the town's live clock (exact time was announced every quarter of an hour on a trumpet). A permanent exhibition called Anti-Turkish Wars in Slovakia is installed on four floors of the castle. The highest floor offers a panoramic view of Banska Stiavnica and its environs.