A clear English description of the history and artifacts were provided for our self tour. Interesting that this fortification was originally a church.
Got the bus from Zvolen euro's 4.20 return. Hourly buses and frequent trains too. 3 euros to enter castle and spent a nice hour wandering about. It is about 20 minute's walk from the bus station on a hill in the town.After finishing here next stop is the New Castle 2.70 euro entry - 2 castles in one day - happy days !!. Remember to knock/ring bell to be let in.
This along with the new castle and Calvary hill is a wonderful place to visit in what is a magical place well off the traditional tourist route in Slovakia. It is a place steeped in history from its past as a gold mining town with wonderful architecture, museums and churches. The old castle consists of a fortified church with massive walls and then the shell of its ancient church. It contains several rooms of displays especially memorable is the one containing the original polychrome sculpture from the calvary hill that can be seen from the castle several kilometres away. They are superb works of art and totally unexpected in this place. Another interesting exhibit in the walls are the torture chambers they leave nothing to the imagination I would not recommend it for young children they are likely to have nightmares!The climb up the tower to view the new castle on an adjoining hill and across to the calvary hill is well worth the effort with its huge bells and clock mechanisms. In all it takes at least half a day to do this wonderful justice. Then to walk back along overlooking the old square where many of the houses are now being restored to their former magnificence is rewarding.Visit this place it is not the easiest of places to walk around because if the hilly terrain but there are many small bars, cafes and restaurants to make it a very pleasurable experience
Impressive how many things they have in there and how many things you can learn about this particular castle. There are guided tours available for a price and if you want it in English you have to pre-book but they had a pocket guide in English showing which way to go and explaining all the things around and also had the historical background of each room and item. I appreciated that!
When staying in Banska, the walk up to the the Old Castle is a must. If you are not an architecture lover, you should at least visit if for the views. The entrance fee is up to the quality of renovation and attractions within. What I like mosted is the option to walk the walls of the castle!!!
Very impressive old castle, we didn't do the guided tour but just wondered around. Our little girls liked it too, looking for Rapunzel was fun!
Very nice castle at the top of the town, with good English language info. Nice to wander around and lovely to go up the bell tower for views over the town.
Having seen many castles and historical buildings I have to say they've done a good job here making guided tours available but offering visitors these self-paced tours. If you enjoy experiencing and learning things in your own time go for it - you get a guide booklet and most of the castle is open for you. My kids were freaking out when I climbed the beams of the bell tower to take some pictures, and we raced together up and down the spiral gothic stairs that seemed to have gone forever..! Priceless..!
The best thing: the proprietors hand you a printed piece of paper and let you wander by yourself. They expect that you will act like an adult and not go where the signs tell you not to.
renovated castle with interesting historical exhibition and famous musical performances in summer time