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A trip through Slovak folk culture and literally golden history.

A journey awaits you from fairy-tale wooden houses through deep mines to golden ducats!

by marekAtlasGuru Contributor

EuropeSlovakia2 days / July 2018

Highs & Lows

Perfectly beautiful images of all forms are waiting for you and slovac cuisin will be a spice of your trip.

During the summer season, places can be crowded with tourists, so patience please.

Itinerary Overview

The Ľubovňa open-air museum is one of the youngest in Slovakia: it has been in operation for thirty years and maps the history of a traditional Spiš village until about the middle of the 20th century. It consists of twenty-five objects. Among the most important of them are the log Greek Catholic church from Matysová from 1833, traditional houses or a blacksmith's hearth from the 19th century. The buildings have also preserved the interior with original historical equipment.

Open-air museum Pribylina or the Museum of the Liptov village. It lies at the mouth of the Račka valley. The peaks of the Western Tatras rise above it and its construction differs significantly from other Slovak museums. The buildings together create a unique village in which you get acquainted with the cultural heritage of ancient Liptov.The houses located in the open-air museum are faithful copies of the buildings flooded during the construction of Liptovská Mara (reservoir). 

Near Ružomberok there is a small settlement called Vlkolínec. At first glance, the man said that he/she got into the open-air museum and would not be completely wrong - Vlkolínec is a reservation of folk architecture, which is still inhabited. Vlkolínec is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage as a wonderful memory of Slovak ancestors.

Banská Štiavnica is a historic free royal mining town with a significant multicultural past. It is known for the mining of metals, important mining legislation, self-government and academic tradition. The old castle in Banská Štiavnica is in fact the heart of the whole city. Originally it served as a church, later as a fortress and today it reminds us of the oldest history of our most famous Slovak city. The tall Renaissance building of the New Castle offers a view on an unmissable panorama of Banská Štiavnica. Complex sacral buildings towering over Banská Štiavnica form the most beautiful calvary in Slovakia and are one of the most popular destinations for visits to this region.

Kremnica is also called gold, as gold and silver have been mined in and around the town since the 10th century. The Kremnica Castle complex is an indisputable dominant feature of this beautiful city. The castle hill is one of the oldest inhabited localities in the city. Slovakias's oldest company - the Kremnica mint - is even considered as one of the oldest and longest-running in Europe.

  • Day trip: Skanzen Stará Ľubovňa
    Folk architecture under the castle!
  • Day trip: Liptov Village Museum Pribylina
    Current wooden houses, running sheep and the history of Liptov in one place.
  • 1 Night: Vlkolínec (UNESCO)
    Fairy-tale wooden houses in picturesque nature.
  • 1 Night: Banská Štiavnica
    Ritchest city of the Hungarian Empire with many beautiful architecture, the possibility of hiking and swimming in mining dams
  • Day trip: Kremnica
    The Kremnica Castle as a beautiful dominant and 700-year Mint in the heart of city.

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    I would spend more time in Banská Štiavnica as also around the city is many opportunities to go for hiking or swimming...

  • Transportation Tips?

    By car it is the easist way, but all of them are reachable by bus.

  • Booking details?

    In Banská Štiavnica it is better to book your accommodation in forward epsecially if you would like stay in the old center.