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Central & Southern Slovakia

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MAIN ACCESS POINTS: Banská Bystrica (sporadic train, bus, E77 Motorway), Nové Zamky (train, bus, Highways 75/64)

It’s not the most popular area of the country to visit. But with drop-dead gorgeous ancient mining towns like Banská Štiavnica (also a Unesco site and a happening cultural spot with lots of live music and nightlife) and Kremnica, some almost untrammelled forested mountains and some of Slovakia’s hottest museums this region, characterised by Slovakia’s most extensive mountain range, the Slovak Ore Mountains, is one not to be missed! Then there’s the regional capital Banská Bystrica, a place few people like to talk about since they recently elected a Fascist mayor, but a smart fascinating city nevertheless with the pick of the afore-mentioned museums – indeed, what many describe as the nation’s very best…

ALSO IN THIS REGION… Don’t forget – as well as our take on the best places to go in Central & Southern Slovakia – our Places to Stay/Central & Southern Slovakia and Places to Eat & Drink/Central & Southern Slovakia sub-sections!

Our destination content is now growing at such a rate of knots that for one place in Central & Southern Slovakia, namely Banská Štiavnica, we now have mini-guides attached to the end of each article that’s related to that destination where you can see at a glance ALL the associated destination content! This place ranks amongst our Top Slovak Stop-offs – places where we think there are a particularly high concentration of intriguing diversions worth gushing about…


Places to go in Central & Southern Slovakia

  • Museum of the Slovak National UprisingBanská Bystrica: Uncovering the Beauty in the Brutalism

    Banská Bystrica, vying for fourth place with Nitra in the pecking order of Slovakia’s most populous cities, has the right to feel a tad hard done by: few other places of such importance within a country are so little written about or visited. In Banská Bystrica’s case, the reason may be the nearby drop-dead-gorgeous Unesco ...

  • Slavin War Memorial, Bratislava (far from actually falling down!) ©www.englishmaninslovakia.co.ukIn Pictures: A Ludicrous Little Tour Through the Communist Legacy in Slovakia

    Is Slovakia one of the easternmost outposts of Western Europe or one of the westernmost of Eastern Europe? During Socialism in Slovakia the answer was certainly the latter. And as a result, Socialist Slovakia became, architecturally, and particularly in Bratislava, something of a showcase for the Brutalist architecture that defined the Eastern Bloc: a “look-what-we-can-do” ...

  • ©www.englishmaninslovakia.co.ukLevice: Where Fodor’s Guidebooks Were Born

    Ah Levice! The stunning medieval town square; the church with the sublime craftsmanship of the architect Master Pavel; the famous pilgrimage site of Mariánska Hora; stunning national parks nearby… No. That’s Levoča, one of the pearls of Eastern Slovakia and a million spiritual miles away. Sorry to disappoint. This piece is about Levice, a rather ...

  • Bardejov ©www.englishmaninslovakia.co.ukTop Ten Medieval Towns in Slovakia

    It’s not just the nature that’s spellbinding in Slovakia: some of the smaller towns – whether as a result of castle strongholds against marauding Turks, or being major Medieval mining centres or having healing spas – grew up in magnificence centuries ago and have not lost any of their glory since. Note that we’re talking towns ...

  • The church at Stred Europy ©www.englishmaninslovakia.co.ukThe Geographical Centre of Europe

    The “roof of Europe” or the “extreme edge of Europe” might be more dramatic monikers. But Slovakia, without the Alps and without a sea coast, can nevertheless claim one of the continent’s geographical titles for itself: “centre of Europe” or “Stred Európy” as it’s known in Slovak. As with many such titles, it is contested by others. ...

  • Partaking of the Most Sexually Charged Easter Tradition Ever! (in Banská Štiavnica)

    Dusk on Easter Sunday, and I’m scouring the hedgerows and woodlands of Banská Štiavnica, looking for thin, bendy branches (ideally willows) that will make a cracking good whip. It’s not easy. The woods around Banská Štiavnica yield barely a twig of willow, and not because no willows grow there. On the contrary: loads do. They’ve ...

  • Banská Štiavnica: The Mining Museums

    For those of you not in the know, Banská Štiavnica is the most famous place that’s not famous in Slovakia. Its location is off the main Bratislava-Tatras-Košice trail but then it has to be: the town is in the rolling Štiavnica Mountains, in Central-South Slovakia, for a reason – that’s where, back in the day, Slovakia’s mineral wealth ...

  • On Video: Parkour & Freerunning in Vyhne, Banská Bystrica Region

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nui8GO30cyc