Banská Štiavnica is the oldest mining town in Slovakia, dating back to the end of the 12th century. As with numerous other medieval mining towns, Banská Štiavnica is nestled at the foot of a hill.
Štiavnica is a town in the center of an extinct volcano. Ages ago, an eruption pushed rich veins of precious metals and minerals to the surface, predestining the story of this region. Banská Štiavnica, also called the Silver Town, was a European treasury and the center of technical progress and education. Also, this town belongs to the most beautiful and magical towns in Slovakia.
Do not hesitate and take a tour of Banská Štiavnica, one of the most beautiful and historically interesting towns in Slovakia. Registered as UNESCO heritage, it was also the site of the first technology-oriented university in the world.
Tajchy, water reservoirs - a derivative of the German word "teich" - a lake - are artificial lakes, water reservoirs, for storing rainwater that was later transported via artificial channels to the mines to move mining machinery. First water reservoirs of this kind were established in the sixteenth century.
The town was visited by the husband of former empress Maria Theresa.