Pukanec is a city in Western Slovakia.
Former free royal and mining town of Pukanec lies on the root of the southeast slopes of the Štiavnické Mts., in the northern part of the Bátovská fold between historical towns Banská Štiavnica and Levice, on the border of Western and Central Slovakia. Pukanec's location and the orientation of the slopes determine its warm, mild humid climate with mild winters. Summer lasts approximately 50 days (with the temperature above 25° C), the average annual temperature is 9° C. Snow cover lasts 75 days in average. Uhliská village with its height of 625m above sea level offers good conditions for skiing as well.
The educational route
There is designed educational route "In the track of old ore mining in Pukanec". You can see some nice historical gold-mining artefacts.
St. Nicolas' church, the City walls, the Holy Trinity sculpture, folk architecture, beautiful woods and surroundings (Majere, Uhliská, etc.)
Black mulberry trees in Pukanec: There are more than 700 specimens of the black mulberry tree in Pukanec and surroundings what is the richest occurrence of this rare tree in Europe. Among the inhabitants and visitors as well it became popular especially for the delicious taste of its red and black fruit.
Walking, hunting, cycling, orienteering, cross-country skiing
Local wellknown handmade ceramics.
Try local food "Trhance"
The tradition of winegrowing in Pukanec is hundreds years old. There are delicious white wines (from varieties Feteascá Regalá, Műller Thurgau, Riesling, White Pinot, Gruner Veltliner) and red wines (from Gamay or Saint Laurent).
Wine cellars called ľochy were sunk by the local and German miners more than a hundred years ago. They are either one or two storey rooms of different size and depth. The biggest cellars are more than 20m long and 3m high, in some cases with side corridors. Nice place to drink some local wine with best view on the country side...
Also try local plum brandy Slivovica...
Accommodation in Pukanec (only private rooms). More in Banska Stiavnica and Levice.