Educational trail Staré mesto

This trail leads to the ruins of the castle and the settlement Bana on Glazenberg hill (i.e. Sparkling Mountain in German) and the oldest surface ore mining points in The Štiavnické Mountains. There are some interesting views from the route and two shelters with seating along the way.

You can find remains of stone buildings – former fortification, residential and technical equipment on the route. There are also some traces of the first surface mining stopes on ore veins Špitaler and Bieber (steep rock formations as mined ore, tunnels and shafts, heap). Twenty-three information panels inform about the history of mining, cultural-historical values and natural attractions.

The semi-difficult trail is 3.3 km long and its elevation gain is 100 m. It can be completed in 2 to 2.5 hours. It starts here and heads of Veľká Vodárenská tajch. It starts as a forest road at the water reservoir and then turns into an asphalt road, where it immediately turns up the hill, all the way to the top of Glazenberg hill (800) with a stunning panoramic view of the surrounding countryside. At the top and just below it, there are remains of a former castle with military and economic structures of the 12-15th centuries and a castle chapel of 14-15th centuries.

The trail continues over the ridge of the hill and ends in Úvozná street in the center of Banská Štiavnica. We also recommend a walking route along the marked earth defense wall round the entire area.

From spring to autumn, ongoing activities, such as archeological excavations, ruin preservation, greenery and landscape works may take place in the area of Glanzenberg castle. Therefore, you should follow only the marked trails. Do not forget hiking boots. The trail NCH is not used for educational purposes in winter.

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