Slovakia
Banská Bystrica District

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  • Day32

    Tatras mountains

    November 16 in Slovakia

    So exciting! We found Suzanna - our exchange student from way back - well, we found where she is living (in Germany) and contact details. We had completely lost touch. She came from Bánska Bystrica and that was our main reason for this deviation into Slovakia. This morning we walked the town visiting funeral parlours (her father owned one) but without success. Ian had the brilliant idea of buttonholing anyone who looked about the right age and asking if they had been at school with Suzanna. And behold, at the tourist office in the bus stop we struck gold! Our attendant had been at school with Suzanna and after contacting other school mates was able to put us in touch.

    Then we decided we had to at least put our feet into the Tatras Mountains. Took the local bus up to this pretty mountain village - originally a mining town. Climbed the covered stairs to the church - steep! Cold! Loved the bar with fire burning.
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  • Day32

    Bánska does bells

    November 16 in Slovakia

    We are in a very charming little hotel right next to the town square which is so pretty. Very weird that black night descends at 4pm! Sunny (are we ever lucky!) but cold - at night the temperature falls to -5, and daytime it gets up to 8degrees. Very interesting trip to our room - multiple little changes in level up and down steps. Tricky trying to make flat floors in old buildings. Soviet era toilet paper which leaves one with no doubt it is made from wood, for breakfast pancakes, sweet cream cheese stuffed brioche bread, sausage and meat pate features heavily on the menu. But the coffee, to my surprise, is excellent!

    Ian ordered a glass of slivovich (spelling?) last night and I something supposedly lighter. His was over 50%proof, mine 30%. We abandoned them after a few sips. Good for flambé we reckon. But not to drink.
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  • Day166

    Banska Stiavnica - das Bergbaudorf

    September 28 in Slovakia

    Nach einigen entspannten Tagen beim Camping Lazy wurde es schlussendlich Zeit für uns wieder aufzubrechen. Wir wollten noch ein bisschen die Slowakei unsicher machen und es stand noch so einiges auf unserer persönlichen To-Do-Liste drauf. Nach einer großen Verabschiedungsrunde, ging es für uns zurück auf die Straße. Auf unserer heutigen Route stand als erstes das Bergbaudorf „Banská Stiavnica“.

    Wir hatten den Tipp bekommen, einmal durch das Örtchen durchzufahren und oben auf dem Berg an der Kirche den Parkplatz zu wählen. Den Tipp können wir nur weitergeben. Für 0,50 € die Stunde steht man hier zentral und super günstig. Bei herrlichsten Sonnenschein spazierten wir durch das wirklich hübsche Bergdorf und können definitiv verstehen, warum die Slowaken sagen, es ist „die schönste Stadt“ der Slowakei. Viele tolle alte Gebäude und kleine Gassen mit Kopfsteinpflaster, welches wir so sehr lieben, gibt es. Eine alte Burg, die von Außen wirklich interessant aus sah. Ein kleiner Minen-Rundgang direkt an der Touristeninformation, sowie eine deutliche größere Mine, die in der Nebensaison nur noch am Wochenende geöffnet hat. Leider ... wir waren unter der Woche da!

    Was auch ganz spannend war, in Banská Stiavnica gibt es die erste Liebesbank der Welt. In der Bank gibt es 100.000 Schließfächer in denen Liebende aus aller Welt ihre Liebesgeschichte aufbewahren können. Wie ich finde eine witzige und zugleich romantische Sache, und auch dieser Ort kann mit einer Führung besichtigt werden.

    Wie ihr seht, hat das älteste Bergdorf der Slowakei jede Menge zu bieten und gehört nicht umsonst seit 1993 zum UNESCO Weltkulturerbe. Wir waren wirklich von dem Charme des Ortes total begeistert und hätten stundenlang umherbummeln können und in den Cafés die Zeit genießen. Irgendwann muss man jedoch vorankommen und aufbrechen.

    Weiter ging es für uns nach Hornsek, um uns eine der acht Holzkirchen aus der Slowakei anzuschauen, welche ebenfalls Weltkulturerbe sind. Hier müssen wir sagen, dass wir nach den Holzkirchen in Rumänien etwas enttäuscht waren. Wenn es auf dem Weg liegt, kann man es machen, extra dafür einen Umweg einlegen, würden wir nicht.

    Recht spät am Abend kamen wir dann an einem weiteren Farm-Camping an und waren erneut hin und weg von der speziellen Atmosphäre.
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  • Day260

    Day 261: Banska Stiavnica

    November 2, 2017 in Slovakia

    No driving today, which is a nice change! Unfortunately for us the cafe from last night was closed, which was a shame since their pancakes looked really nice and we'd wanted that for breakfast. Instead we had to settle for a cafe that only had pre-made paninis available - it was pretty slim pickings today as it was All Saints Day and many places were shut.

    Banska Stiavnica is a mining town up in the mountains of Slovakia, where gold and silver were once mined. It was a very wealthy town back in the day, and there were still remnants of that around - fancy buildings and so on. Two different castles as well, both erected to defend the town against Turkish raids (as a gold mine it was a lucrative target).

    Wandered around and did some filming, checked out the castles, a couple of churches, the main streets and squares, and also a small example of the mines that had been preserved. It's not like other mining sites where a big trip underground is the main part of the experience.

    Wrapped up filming around lunchtime, grabbed a couple of freshly-made baguettes from a sandwich place that were quite nice and ate them in the sun - yes it was actually sunny! Feeling done and in need of a break, we headed back to our room and settled in on laptops. Unfortunately the hotel wifi was atrocious, so instead we packed up and went to a trendy cafe back out on the main street where we stayed for the rest of the afternoon!

    For dinner we went to a pizza place on the corner of the main street - it had pretty poor ratings but the food was better than expected! Very large pizzas, and tasty enough. It's hard to get pizza very wrong I guess.
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  • Day24

    Heute 275 Kilometer über 9,25 Stunden.
    Die dann doch unruhige Nacht war vorüber und ein stürmischer Morgen weckte uns. Aufgrund der Eiseskälte entschieden wir uns für das erste Frühstück im Auto. Im nahegelegenen Ort Zvolen versuchten wir unser Glück erneut bei zwei verschiedenen Friseuren. Leider war kein Termin frei. Das Einzig was wir uns dort noch gönnten, war ein Kaffee in einem kleinen gemütlichen Cafe.
    Die nächste Stadt war der Schauplatz des slowakischen Nationalaufstandes. Ein großer Platz mit einem Denkmal, einem schönen Brunnen und einer Reihe wunderschöner Häuser befand sich im Stadtkern. Ein kleines Dorf namens Vlkolinec mit nur 55 Häusern schauten wir uns auch an. Die traditionellen Holzhäuser mit bunter Bemalung waren schön anzusehen. So schön, dass es als UNESCO Weltkulturerbe zählt. Als es zu regnen begann zogen wir uns in das Auto zurück. Zum Glück, denn ein paar Minuten später hagelte es.
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  • Day14

    Do Widzenia Cracow, Szia Budapest

    June 14, 2016 in Slovakia

    Big driving day today, 3 countries, 3 currencies, breakfast, lunch and dinner in 3 different cities! Bags to coach at 8am, my bus buddy today was Tyler... Unfortunate for him as I was feeling a bit snotty and gross! I was equipped with tissues and cough mixture, and the plan to sleep the whole way, so it wasn't too bad.
    Our first 2 hour stint flew by - I slept pretty soundly through it. A quick toilet stop on the border of Poland and Slovakia, and it was back on the coach to our lunch stop in Slovakia. The scenery through Slovakia was stunning, and we were back to using euros (rather than the Polish Zlotti).
    I third wheeled with Arwen and Craig again, and we went to a small restaurant near the meeting point. I had some pasta which was a little bland, but it had chilli and garlic in it, so was a tad spicy.
    We headed back to the bus for 4 more hours of driving, with a small toilet break on the border of Slovakia and Hungary.
    We arrived at our Wombats hostel, found our rooms, I was sharing with Terryanne and Charlotte.
    The girls wanted to quickly check out the shops, so once they left I had about an hour's nap, ready for a big night out in Budapest.
    We got dolled up and headed down to meet Tamara in the lobby. We jumped onto the coach, and met our tour guide for the next couple of days. As we drove through the city, she showed us around and told us about the history of the buildings.
    We finally arrived along the river Danube, where we left the coach and jumped on a dinner boat cruise.
    This was an absolutely stunning way to see the city, the beautiful buildings and statues along the river at dusk.
    The food was traditional Hungarian food, with goulash, and beef and chicken dishes. Wine was also included, but I could only handle one glass of champagne and one glass of white - Marnee plus wine equals bad (we later learn in Florence) so best to avoid.
    After plenty of photo ops, we left the cruise, and Tamara walked us to a bar in the city, called Morrisons.
    When we first arrived, everyone was watching a match of the Euro Cup, so it was a little boring for those of us not interested in sport!
    The game was only on for about another 15 mins, and then the music was turned up, and the drinks started flowing.
    We found one room of the bar had karaoke, so a lot of time was spent down there, I cleared the dance floor when I sang Alanis Morissette's You Oughta Know - I forgot most of the tour is under 25 and don't know who Alanis is... We headed back upstairs for a boogie with the locals and eventually we all jumped into cabs and headed home.
    Next door to our hostel is a pizza shop, with kebabs across the road, so once we'd all had some food, we headed to bed!
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Okres Banská Bystrica, Okres Banska Bystrica, Banská Bystrica, Banská Bystrica District, Distrikto Banská Bystrica, Distrito de Banská Bystrica, Besztercebányai járás, Distretto di Banská Bystrica

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