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Walking Holidays in Banska Stiavnica UNESCO Heritage

Walking Holidays in Banska Stiavnica UNESCO Heritage, Slovakia Travel, Location 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.

★★★★★ - Rating by our customers based on 2 tour reviews

Tour Reviews:

Banska Stiavnica Tour

Hello Lenka & Martin

All went well. The trip was all I hoped it would be. It was nice balance of beautiful sites and everyday rural Slovakia. The accommodations and food were excellent. Spending the last day at the Hotel Thermal was a nice ending. I enjoyed the thermal baths & saunas more than those in Budapest. I never had to put on my rain jacket during the entire journey. The biggest surprise were the beautiful variety of butterflies.
Thank you for the detailed maps and instructions. It was a worry free experience.

Best wishes

Steve from UK
★★★★★ - rating 5

Banska Stiavnica Tour

Dear Lenka

Thanks very much for everything both you and Martin did to make our walk so special, we really enjoyed the whole experience! Having Martin pick us up from Krakow was a very special way to begin our travels in Slovakia. We learnt so many interesting things from our conversation and we really appreciated the time he took with us, carefully explaining the walk routes and maps and giving us lots of invaluable advice. He emphasised the need to keep an eye out for the markers and to persevere if we couldn't immediately see them. This advice was most important as on a number of occasions it was difficult to find the next marker, especially frustrating when we came to a fork in the road or a number of intersecting tracks and there was no marker indicating which track we should follow. Often we had to simply follow each track until we eventually found the one with the correct marker, but it did waste a bit of time. No problem however, we were never lost or particularly worried!
We really enjoyed all of the accommodation choices you made for us, as each place had its own special appeal. We particularly enjoyed the food provided by the Cosmopolitan and the Hotel Sitno, but all the hotels provided us with good evening meals and lovely packed lunches. The misunderstanding at pension Kechaleman was unfortunate, but was a very small issue and we did appreciate your quick response. Stary Hostinec was probably the best of all the accommodation choices, very friendly and offering a fascinating insight into Slovakian history. All our luggage transfers worked perfectly too, thank you.
I will send you some photos soon. Thanks again for everything,

Best wishes

Jessie from New Zealand
★★★★★ - rating 5