City / Municipality: Banská Štiavnica
District: Banská Štiavnica
Region: Region Banska Bystrica (Banskobystrický kraj)
Tourist location: Hont
Mountains: Štiavnica Mountains (Štiavnické vrchy)
World Heritage: UNESCO Cultural Heritage
Open Air Mining Museum (mining outdoor museum) is an exhibition on the surface and underground. Exhibition on the surface presents mining buildings and equipment moved here from various regions of Slovakia, educational geological exhibition and exhibition of quarrying and mining machines.Going down the Bartolomej shaft is still the most attractive. Dressed in a mining mantel, with a helmet and a lantern you will experience the conditions in which miners used to mine here long time ago. The tour will allow visitors ...

City / Municipality: Banská Štiavnica
District: Banská Štiavnica
Region: Region Banska Bystrica (Banskobystrický kraj)
Tourist location: Hont
Mountains: Štiavnica Mountains (Štiavnické vrchy)
World Heritage: UNESCO Cultural Heritage
Glanzenberg, meaning Sparkling Hill, isn’t just the name of a hill above the town.It’s also the name of a hereditary mining tunnel – one of the oldest in the Banská Štiavnica region.Hereditary mining tunnels were used for draining the tunnels. They were called “hereditary”, because they had been built by several generations of miners. The longest one was about 16 km long. For many years it used to be the longest underground tunnel of Europe.Hereditary mining tunnel Glanzenberg, drilled just several meters under the main road, got famous because of numerous rulers and emperors of Vienna court who had visited it. Plaques in their honour were installed in the tunnel. One of its interesting features includes ...

City / Municipality: Banská Štiavnica
District: Banská Štiavnica
Region: Region Banska Bystrica (Banskobystrický kraj)
Tourist location: Hont
Mountains: Štiavnica Mountains (Štiavnické vrchy)
World Heritage: UNESCO Cultural Heritage
The building of Berggericht with a rich history hides a valuable Mineralogical exhibition with more than four hundred minerals from the whole world. A short (75 m) and readily accessible mining tunnel Štôlňa Michal leads to its internal yard. The tunnel Michal is a good option in case of a short stay or families with children. Information centre can be found on the ground floor of the building.In the late 15th century, two stone townhouses used to stand at the place of today’s building placed in the north of Námestie sv. Trojice (Holy Trinity Square). They belonged to rich miners and a ...

City / Municipality: Hodruša - Hámre
District: Žarnovica
Region: Region Banska Bystrica (Banskobystrický kraj)
Tourist location: Hont
Mountains: Štiavnica Mountains (Štiavnické vrchy)
World Heritage: UNESCO Cultural Heritage
The first written mention of Allsaints Mine in Hodrusa comes from 1378; however, it is likely to be more than 700 years old. It is a place where Hodruša mining started. Gold and silver ore had been exploited in this mine up to 1950. In old times the university professors of Mining Academy in Banská Štiavnica were speaking about its unique interior with honour, calling it a Schoolbook of Mining. In some underground passages visitors can perceive the atmosphere of the place on their own. Those are places where old miners ...

City / Municipality: Červenica
District: Prešov
Region: Region Prešov (Prešovský kraj)
Tourist location: Šariš
Mountains: Slanské Hills (Slanské vrchy)
Slovak Opal Mines are the oldest opal mines in the world and the only one in Europe. They are located in Eastern Slovakia in the Slanské Hills (Slanské vrchy) mountains, in Region Prešov (Prešovský kraj), above the village of Červenica.Mines were known in the entire world since the end of the 16th century because of the opal mined here. First written mention about the village Červenica specifically mentioning opal mines is from 1409. It is possible that opal was mined here since the roman era. Slovak opal was a firm ...