Banska Stiavnica is an old city situated approximately 200 km from Bratislava capital city of Slovakia, in a hilly area. Banská Štiavnica (original name) was a mining city with the first historical mentions coming from the 13th century. Most of the old buildings were preserved and some of them even restored so you get a feeling of walking history all around you, a feeling amplified by the streets paved with stone.
There are quite a few attractions you should visit. We went to the Old Castle which offered a great view of the city, the Chateau in St. Anton, situated 6 km near the city. The Old Castle was initially a church, which was later fortified and rebuilt into a fortress. Chateau St.Anton is houses the museum of original historical furniture, as well as a museum of fishing and hunting and is surrounded by a beautiful park.
Banska Stiavnica presentation site – find info about history, location, transportation and buildings/museum attractions
After a few hours of talking the old streets we did stop at the ERB local brewery. It’s worth a stop to check their local brewed beer and the pock knuckle with horse radish, pickles and mustard. Here are the pictures we took on the city streets, Old Castle and Chateau in St. Anton.