We got a sunny gap in bad weather during the visit to Banska Bystrica. The city lies in the Hron River valley, surrounded by mountains. It was an important mining center founded in the 13th century. There are some Gothic and 19th-century Renaissance-style buildings, including burghers’ houses and the castle group (in the heart of town), date from the 15th and 16th centuries, when the silver and copper mines supplied much of the European market. On August 29, 1944, Banská Bystrica was the scene of the Slovak national uprising against the Germans. The Old Town Hall (1479) contains a museum commemorating that event.

Parking location – Banska Bystrica: 48.734431N 19.148653E (🚻)