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Banska Bystrica

Banskobystricky Kraj
Banska Bystrica
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How to Reach

By plane

There is no flight to and from Banska Bystrica (Sliac Airport) since 2007. The Airport is closed since April 2009.     

By train

There are train connections to the major Slovak cities. It can also be reached from Vienna, Budapest, Poland and the Czech republic by direct train.
The Banska Bystrica mesto station is located closer to the town centre.

By car

Banska Bystrica has road connections to all major Slovak cities. It can be reached from Bratislava through the highway R1. Banská Bystrica also has road connections to: Ruzomberok (52km) road 59/E77, Zvolen (19km) road R1/E77, Martin (59km) road 65.

By bus

There are bus connections to all major Slovak cities. Vienna and the Czech republic can also be reached from Banská Bystrica easily by bus.

Key places to visit
Slovak National Uprising Square, City Castle, Museums


Places to Visit

Slovak National Uprising Square

Slovak National Uprising Square, or SNP Square is an area in central Banská Bystrica, Slovakia, named after the insurgency of 1944. It has been the hub of the city's life and a prestigious address for more than 600 years. During the 20th century, the square saw periodic mass gatherings celebrating first national independence, then the defeat of the uprising after which it is now named, and finally the memory of the event. Dotted by cafés, restaurants, and small stores, it is a popular place for the locals to linger, and a tourist attraction notable for its historical buildings, and visual appeal. The whole square is a free public WiFi hotspot.

City Castle

The oldest part of Banská Bystrica is City Castle at the edge of SNP Square. It is enclosed within what has remained of its original fortifications − a barbican protecting the main gate, three bastions, and part of the walls. City Castle served as the city 's administrative center and it also protected the king's treasury.The Parish Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary built in the Romanesque and Gothic styles contains precious Gothic altars and sculptures.One of the altars was carved by the famous Master Paul of Levoča. The church was built in the 13th century. It is still surrounded by remnants of its ancient cemetery. The neighboring Church of the Holy Cross was built in 1452 by the Slovak burghers as a counterpart to the Church of the Virgin Mary that then acquired the attribute German.The Matthias House was built in 1479 as a five-story late-Gothic structure with a Gothic portal and stone console balcony. It served as a temporary residence of King Matthias Corvinus and his Queen Consort Beatrix. The Renaissance Old Town Hall, dated from 1500, has been transformed into an art museum


The oldest museum in the city is the Museum of Central Slovakia, founded in 1889.Its historical exposition is located in the Thurzo House on SNP Square, while the natural history exposition is in the Tihányi Mansion in Radvaň. The Old Town Hall building at City Castle hosts the State Gallery specialized in contemporary Slovak art.The Museum of the Slovak National Uprising features a collection of 203,000 militaria, including an open-air exhibition of World War II heavy weapons.Other noteworthy museums are the regional Literature and Music Museum and Slovakia's only Postal Museum

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