Mining Town Marvels
Established in the 13th century, UNESCO-listed Banská Štiavnica is the Slovak Republic’s oldest mining town. The mineral-rich soil from ancient volcanoes, now the lush forests of the Štiavnické Vrchy mountains, brought wealth to the town in the form of gold and silver. The urban centre seen today blossomed during the 16th century and relics include the Baroque-style Piarg Gate and Renaissance burger houses. For tourists, the town offers postcard-perfect scenes, with steep, winding streets and fairytale castles swathed in natural greenery.
Banská Štiavnica is featured on the European Route of Jewish Heritage.