Banská Štiavnica Geopark

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During volcanic activities in the earlier Tertiary, a higher number of volcanoes and stratovolcanoes originated in the territory of Central Slovakia and Northern Hungary, of which the most massive was the Štiavnica stratovolcano. At its foot, this stratovolcano had the diameter of 50 km and probably reached the height of about 4,000 m. With its dimensions, the Štiavnica stratovolcano is the highest volcano in the whole area of the Carpathian Mountains, i.e. from Slovakia via Ukraine to Romania.

The geological history and subsequent modification of the landscape due to the mining activity makes the territory of the region of Banská Štiavnica unique not only in Slovakia, but also in the world. With respect to universality of values of this territory, the town of Banská Štiavnica and technical monuments in its surroundings according to the Convention concerning the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage were entered in the UNESCO World Heritage List as the cultural heritage in 1993.

These values create the framework for the implementation of the intention to establish the Banská Štiavnica Geopark, the target of which is to ensure a harmonic, balanced and sustainable development of the territory of the region of Banská Štiavnica that will ensure, by using the economic, demographic and natural potential of the region, the economic growth, increase in employment, and improving the quality of the landscape.

Geopark area: nuclear territory of 206,32 km2, protective territory 601,28 km2
Geopark protection: CHKO Štiavnické vrchy
Number of geotopes: 63
Presented themes: geology, montanistics, ecology
Geological characteristics: neovolcanites


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Contacts address

Združenie Región Sitno
Prenčov 300,
969 73 Prenčov
tel., fax: +421 45/672 6243, +421 45/672 6244
GPS coordinates : 48.363060, 18.923522


Guiding services

provided in the information centre: Trojičné námestie 6, 969 24 Banská Štiavnica


Information centre
Námestie sv. Trojice 6,
969 24 Banská Štiavnica
tel.: +421 45 694 96 53

Information centre Štiavnické Bane
Štiavnické Bane č.1,
969 81 Štiavnické Bane
tel. : +421 45 692 91 17, fax: +421 45 692 92 62
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