Highlights of the trip

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

The manor house stands in the heart of Stiavnicke Hills in Svaty Anton. The building originates in 1744 on the site of an older castle for the Count of Hont region. The attractive hunting festival of Saint Hubertus Days is held in the manor house every year at the beginning of September.

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Bansky Studenec - an artificial mining lake

The reservoir was built in the 18th century. Today serves as a popular local recreation spot.

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Tajchs of Banska Stiavnica - the artificial mining lakes

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

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Sitno - the highest peak of Stiavnicke Hills

Sitno peak (1,009 m EASL) offers a panoramic view from its top. There is a ruin of an old Sitno castle from the 13th century.

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Pocuvadlo Lake

The largest artificial lake build in the 18th century originally served mining purposes. Nowadays, it is a popular summer holiday resort.

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Banska Stiavnica UNESCO World Heritage - gold mining town

The majority of monuments of Banska Stiavnica concentrate in the area spreading between the Trinity and Town Hall squares. The Gothic church of St Catherine from the end of the 15th century and the town hall with its slender clock tower detach these squares.

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Banska Stiavnica Calvary - a late Baroque monument unique in extent and content

It is the most important Baroque calvary in Slovakia and the whole former Kingdom of Hungary, probably even in 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 watchtower during the Ottoman wars. It also served as the town's live clock (exact time was announced every quarter of an hour on a trumpet). There is a permanent exhibition called Anti-Turkish Wars in Slovakia installed on four floors of the castle. The highest floor offers a panoramic view of Banska Stiavnica and its environs.

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Vyhne settlement - near Banska Stiavnica town

The village is known for a nature reserve called Kamenne more (Rocky Sea). The oldest Slovak brewery from the 15th century still in operation (Steiger beer) is here. Also, local natural thermal springs are used in Vyhne Spa.