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Church in Banská Štiavnica

Kalvária

Sitting on a volcanic hill, this breathtaking 1751 complex tells the story of the final days of Jesus' earthly life via beautiful baroque buildings housing religious art. The pathway to the main hilltop church, pain…
Cafe in Banská Štiavnica

Cafe Gavalier

This spirited cafe's vaulted ceilings and antique furnishings muddle alongside neon pug dogs and other hipster regalia – and a merry mix it makes, too. It's an atmospheric spot to sip a smooth cappuccino or agonise …
Cafe in Banská Štiavnica

Divná Pani

Sink into a sofa for tea, coffee and tempting desserts at this bare-walled cafe with vintage flourishes throughout. Occasional jazz live acts heighten the buzz, and margaritas flow late at the weekends.
Castle in Banská Štiavnica

Old Castle

March around this noble stronghold and discover its early 13th-century chapel, torture chamber, plus time-smoothed gravestones and baroque statues. Much of the artworks on display are copies, not originals, but the …
Statue in Banská Štiavnica

Holy Trinity Plague Column

It’s impossible to miss this fancy baroque sculpture on Nám Sv Trojice, featuring seven saints. It was placed here to commemorate the end of an 18th-century plague. What’s less apparent is that it’s on the move: due…
Museum in Banská Štiavnica

Open-Air Mining Museum

Don a mining helmet and dangle a lamp on a 1.5km stroll into Slovakia's history at this former working mine, 1.5km southwest of the town centre. There's also a skanzen (open-air village museum) displaying agricultur…
Cafe in Banská Štiavnica

Art Cafe

Fresh fruit milkshakes, coffee and cocktails form a wide choice at this enticing cafe-bar with a shaded outdoor terrace. It's arty in more than just name: on a sunny day, you might spot locals sketching the Panny Ma…
Castle in Banská Štiavnica

New Castle

A former lookout tower during the Hungarian-Turkish wars, the town's 'new' castle (actually dating to the mid-16th century) features displays on the military struggles against the Turks, plus ecclesiastical items an…
Church in Banská Štiavnica

Kostol sv Kataríny

Peer at faint, hellish frescoes and stained-glass windows inside this 15th-century Gothic church.