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Banská Bystrica

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Banská Bystrica

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Banská Bystrica is a city in Central Slovakia.


Banska Bystrica is situated in central Slovakia between the national parks Velka Fatra and Nizke Tatry (north of the city), the national park Polana (east of the city), and the Stiavnicke Vrchy (southwest of the city). Banska Bystrica is the capital of the region (kraj) Banska Bystrica. It has 81,704 inhabitants (2005)

Get in

By plane

There is flight connection to and from Banská Bystrica via Sliac Airport ( The airport is located 15 km from Banská Bystrica, mostly operating charter flights.

By train

There are train connections to the major Slovak cities. It can also be reached from Vienna, Budapest, Poland and the Czech republic by direct train.

The Banská Bystrica mesto station is located closer to the town centre.

By car

Banská Bystrica has road connections to all major Slovak cities. It can be reached from Bratislava through the highway R1. Banská Bystrica also has road connections to: Ruzomberok (52km) road 59/E77, Zvolen (19km) road R1/E77, Martin (59km) road 65.

By bus

There are bus connections to all major Slovak cities. Vienna and the Czech republic can also be reached from Banská Bystrica easily by bus. bus from bratislava costs 9,50 euros

Get around


Banská Bystrica has a beautiful position between the mountains. Therefore it's a popular summer and winter resort. The heart of the old city is the SNP square from which dates back to the 13th century. You can find a lot of Renaissance and jugendstil buildings here. Some sights are:

  • The church of Assumption of the Virgin Mary. This is a roman church which was expanded in the gothic era.
  • The house of Veit Mühlstein. This house belonged to a medieval miner who built this enormous house beside the town square.
  • The central Slovak museum (Stredoslovenske Muzeum) in a beautiful renovated renaissance house.
  • The museum of the SNP (the slovak national uprising) with objects and documents of the resistance in the 2nd world war. You can also find the grave of the unknown soldier, and original Russian planes here.






  • healthy food, kollarova 18. vegetarian cafeteria with slovak specialities





At the central square in the city several small bars are located, which serve beer as well as other drinks and dishes.



  • YMCA Banská Bystrica




Internet Immedia Internet centrum, Nam, SNP 3 (main square) 3 euros for 5 hours

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