More than once our friends told us that Banská Štiavnica is probably the most beautiful town in Slovakia. This UNESCO World Heritage Town has been able to preserve its medieval history. Located in the center of a large caldera, the town with around 10.000 inhabitants offers an impressive surrounding that is now the mountains of Štiavnické Vrchy.
Banská Štiavnica: A Short History
Banská Štiavnica and its history are well connected with the mining of silver ore in the area. The first known mining settlement dates back to the third century BC. The town was established in the 13th century and is Slovakia’s oldest mining town. The urban center that still stands was formed as early as the 16th century.
Banská Štiavnica was for a long time a leading center for innovation within the mining industry.