The route description Banská Bystrica – Staré Hory

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 Lenght  Climb  Descent  Max inclination+  Max inclination-  Highest point  Lowest point
21,8 km 917 m -805 m 29,4 % -30,0 % 922 m 348 m



Easy, up to moderately difficult
From the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, cross SNP Square and take Lazovná Street to Medený Hámor. From there, the trail follows along the Bystrica stream to Jakub, and the asphalt road continues to the Church of St. Jacob (48.834046°, 19.112532°). Go to the last house and take the forest road in the back. It leads you to Station V of the Way of the Cross, “Arcizíbeľ“, (48.781600°, 19.118796°). Exiting the forest, you get to Špania Dolina by walking on the asphalt road. From the Church of the Lord’s Transfiguration in Špania Dolina, climb to the Ludovika mineshaft. From there, on a forest path with a view of the former Piesky settlement, continue to the Dolný Šturec saddle (920 m) without encountering significant up or down gradients, and then to Staré Hory via the Richtárová valley.

The bike path and tourist trail are identical.
Banská Bystrica, the Church of the Assumption (48.737209°, 19.146263°), map
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Staré Hory, the Basilica of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary (48.833988°, 19.112699°), map
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The ascent to Špania Dolina on the asphalt road, and the descent from the Dolný Šturec Saddle to Staré Hory.
To visit the Church of the Lord’s Transfiguration in Špania Dolina, telephone or e-mail, at least, one day in advance, the Maják Diocesan youth center which is next to the Church (Mobile + 421 905 746 805; e-mail: You may visit the copper museum provided you call the Herrengrund Mining fraternity in advance (+421 908 927 636/+421 905 651 057/+421 905 783 144)
Jméno: _MG_0960_10-07-09

Barbakan - the city castle

Banská Bystrica

Banská Bystrica - Town sqauare


Banská Bystrica - Medený Hámor

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Špania Dolina - centre

Spania Dolina

Špania Dolina - the Church of the Lord´s Transfiguration

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Špania Dolina - the Chapel of the Holy Sepulchre


Špania Dolina - heap

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Špania Dolina - the mining adit „Ludovika“

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Staré Hory - the Church of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary
(Basilica Minor),

Stops on the route

Accommodation on the route

We recommend the following accommodation and catering establishments.