Gold, silver, and copper have long been considered symbols of wealth and power. Barbara’s trail leads through places where those metals have been mined in the past. You will stroll through the former, major mining towns of central Slovakia: Banská Bystrica, Kremnica, Banská Štiavnica, as well as other towns and villages, and you will recall their bygone glory and power.

What is Barbara’s trail about? It is a pilgrimage, it is a touristic hike, it is learning about the history of mining towns and villages, but it is also about getting to know yourself. Anyone can experience Barbara’s trail regardless of age, sex, religion, or social status. Alone, with a partner, or with friends.

The complete journey is 186.2 km long. It begins and ends in Banská Bystrica, and can be covered on foot in nine days. It is divided into 9 segments, and you can overnight at the end of each segment. Longer and shorter segments alternate regularly. We recommend that you start with the first segment, Banská Bystrica – Staré Hory, and then proceed along in sequence. However, it is up to you to plan your actual sequence of segments.

Barbara’s trail is named after St. Barbara, the patroness of miners. Miners have always honored their patron saints and prayed to them, but also to God. According to the legend, Barbara died a martyr’s death at the age of 29. Therefore, there are 29 highlighted stops on Barbara’s trail. The sites on Barbara’s trail definitely have mining, historical, natural, religious, cultural, and technical significance. They are well worth exploring.