Between the bustle of Bratislava and the well-trodden trails of the High Tatra, run ranges of hills,
clothed in beechwoods and quilted with meadows. They are wonderful walking country, quiet and peaceful,
dotted with villages stirring uncertainly at the interface of old socialism and capitalism. 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.