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Badínsky prales (Primeval Forest of Badín)

Nature Interest

The primeval forest of Badínsky prales, with its rare primary fir and beech habitat almost untouched by human activity, is one of the oldest protected areas in Slovakia. It was visited by Prince Charles in 2000.

Located in the south-eastern part of the Kremnické pohorie mountains, 10 km to the south-west of Banská Bystrica, the area of primeval forest has been protected since 1913, thus being one of those natural reserves in Slovakia protected by law for a longest period of time.

Its original area of 20.51 ha has been subsequently extended to the current 30.70 ha. In 1994 the primeval forest received a national landscape reserve status as a remnant of original Carpathian woodland. The primary fir and beech forest, mixed with spruce, maple, ash and elm, is notable for huge silver firs (200 to 400 years old, the tallest being 46 m high and having the trunk perimeter of 553 cm) and European beeches (trunk perimeter of 496 cm). A walk in the shadow of these enormous trees makes an unforgettable experience as it provides a unique opportunity to enter an original aged forest untouched by human activity.

European white elm (Ulmus laevis), that has become an endangered species, is plentiful here. Several young trees were taken to England even by Princ Charles himself. The primeval forest provides habitat for many protected species of both flora and fauna lynx (Lynx lynx), newt (Triturus montandoni), rosalia longicorn (Rosalia alpina), etc.). To secure the lowest possible human interference, only fallen trunks threatening the forest road operation are removed.

The primeval forest of Badínsky prales has been completely closed to the public under the Nature and Landscape Conservation Act. It may only be accessed by expert excursions accompanied by a guide from the Lesy SR (Forests of the Slovak Republic) branch office in Slovenská Ľupča or by experts from the Štátna ochrana prírody SR (National Nature Conservation Authority) office, the Faculty of Forestry of the Technical University in Zvolen, or other scientific and research institutions.

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Mining monuments in Kremnica

Mining monuments in Kremnica

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The centre of Europe (Kremnické Bane)

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Skalka arena

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Holidaypark Kováčová

Holidaypark Kováčová

Entertainment and relax in the thermal healing water all the year round. The year-round open aquapark was built in place of the previous thermal swimming pool.

Spa Sliač

Spa Sliač

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Thermal Swimming Pool Kúpele Sliač

Termálne kúpalisko v Kúpeľoch Sliač – liečivá prírodná voda v lone nádhernej sliačskej prírody. Užite si výnimočný pokoj a liečivé účinky termálnej vody v Kúpeľoch Sliač v kúpeľoch vášho srdca.

Šachtičky

Šachtičky

Lyžiarske stredisko Šachtičky zasahuje do regiónov Nízke Tatry JUH, Veľká Fatra, Liptov.

Selce – Čachovo

Selce – Čachovo

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Cable-car TELEMIX

Cable-car TELEMIX

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State Opera Banská Bystrica

State Opera Banská Bystrica

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Central Slovakia Museum Banská Bystrica

Central Slovakia Museum Banská Bystrica

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Banská Bystrica Town Castle

Banská Bystrica Town Castle

The town castle was once formed by several ancient buildings in the central Slovakian metropolis Banská Bystrica. Its task was to protect the income proceedings of copper and silver mining for the royal treasury.

Hronsek – articled church

Hronsek – articled church

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Central Slovakia Gallery

Central Slovakia Gallery

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Dance Studio

Dance Studio

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Mining monuments in Kremnica

Mining monuments in Kremnica

Kremnica, the town situated in central Slovakia in Kremnické vrchy mountains won an attribute of the Golden Town. Gold was mined in its environs for centuries. It was also in Kremnica where golden coins were struck using the metal of the local ore. The mining past of Kremnica is witnessed to by several technical monuments.

Postal Museum Banská Bystrica

Postal Museum Banská Bystrica

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