A secret medieval town hidden in the forest of Central Slovakia. On an extinct stratovolcano. With a base of more than 50 km it was one of the biggest in Europe. For many people one of the most beautiful and one of the most interesting towns in Slovakia. A town with no traffic lights, no billboards, but with an unique architecture and nature. A „silver town“. The biggest mining centre in the Habsburg Monarchy in the 18th century. The seat of Banská akadémia (Mining Academy) opened in 1762, the first university of its kind in the world . A flourishing and hidden harbor of science, education, knowledge, technical inventions, innovation, alchemy and Freemasons. This is Banská Štiavnica. Located in the heart of Slovakia. At the foot of „gateway to hell“ and the Slovak Chinese wall.

Also a romantic place where a popular Slovak poet of the 18th century, Andrej Sládkovič, lost his heart and fell in love with Marína, a Slovak poetical femme fatale. And wrote the longest love poem in the world.

How to get there: by car using D1 and R1 highways to Banská Štiavnica, approximately two hours’ drive from Bratislava

Eat here: 4Sochy Restaurant  or Divna Pani

Sleep here: Hotel Salamander

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