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Hotel Kongres Gala ****
Hronsecká cesta 1
976 31 Banská Bystrica - Hronsek
Slovakia
tel: +421 48 418 8550
tel: +421 48 418 8551
fax: +421 48 418 8552
mail: hotelgala@hotelgala.sk
   
19° 9'16.10"E | 48°39'22.72"N
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Kongres Hotel Gala was built at the end of 2001 in the pleasant surroundings of the Hronsek municipality, located between the cities of Banská Bystrica and Zvolen.

The hotel is equipped to for the organisation of congress and seminar events, as well as to serve guests looking for a little relaxation, recreation or active leisure time.

Hronsek, an independent village long before, is dominated by its unique wooden church and a wooden belfry. The church has 110 pews and comes from the Counter-Reformation movement when the evangelists were allowed to build their churches under special conditions: the building had to be made of wooden without metal nails and had to be finished within a year from the beginning of its construction in 1726. Another historical monument of Hronsek is a baroque manor house of the family of Geczy from the 18th century, whose name is mentioned in the novel “the White Lady of Levoca” by Mor Jokai. In the manor’s garden there is a more than 200 years old lime tree.

Only 11 km away, in the picturesque Hron river valley, surrounded by Nízke Tatry (the Low Tatras), Veľká Fatra (the Big Fatra) and Kremnické vrchy (the Kremnica Mountains) is situated a town Banska Bystrica. Banska Bystrica is an important tourist point offering many possibilities for summer and winter recreation.

The first report of the town dates from the 13th century. The Hungarian King Belo IV honored the settlement by turning it into a town in 1255 and granted extensive municipal privileges in order to attract German settlers. Outlanders, together with the original inhabitants Slavs developed the mining of precious metals, copper, silver and iron ores. Since 1989 many positive changes have been carried out in the town. Many fine historic houses, representing various architectural styles, have been renovated and also the main square has regained its old-time charm. Banska Bystrica with a population close to 100 000 residents, became the administrative, economic, cultural and educational center of the Central Slovakia. The city is a seat of Matej Bel University.

Places to see:
  • The square of the Slovak National Uprising
  • The town castle complex
  • The Monument of the Slovak National Uprising
  • The Matthias’s House
  • Town Hall
  • The Church of Assumption of Virgin Mary
  • The houses in Gothic and Renaissance style.
Not far from Hronsek you can find the oldest mining town in Slovakia – Banska Stiavnica. Individual parts of the town spread upwards from a picturesque valley to the terraced slopes of Glanzerberg, Paradajs, Sobov, and Kalvaria, which form a part of the volcanic Stiavnica Hills - designated as a Nature Conservancy Area. They are one of the largest ranges of mountains of volcanic origin of the West Carpathians, and contain different types of volcanic minerals.

The main attraction for the settlement of this relatively inhospitable area was the presence of precious metals, mainly silver and gold. Banska Stiavnica achieved its legal status as a town in 1255. The prosperity of the gold and silver mines and the town’s promotion to the level of an Independent Royal Town influenced the later building – up of the town and its architecture – the older sacral buildings were rebuilt in the Gothic style.

The first mining school in Hungary was established right in Banska Stiavnica (1735) and was in 1762 subsequently promoted to the Mining Academy. Banska Stiavnica was declared as one of the first Urban Conservation Area in Slovak in 1950 and belongs to the international monuments covered by UNESCO.

Places to see:
  • St. Catherine’s Church
  • The Holy Trinity Square
  • The New Castle
  • The Baroque complex of Calvary
  • The Baroque plaque column
  • The Slovak Mining Museum.
Kremnica, together with Banska Bystrica and Banska Stiavnica, create a very important trefoil of mining towns in central Slovakia. In 1328 the mining settlement was granted privileges of the free royal mining and minting town from the hands of the Hungarian King Charles Robert of Anjou. Gold, silver and minted coins brought fame and wealth to the town – the gold coins minted in Kremnica (the so-called florins) belonged to the most valuable and the most sought coins in Europe. In 1950, the historic part of Kremnica was declared as the Historical preservation area.

Places to see:
  • The Town castle
  • The town fortification
  • The Plaque column
  • The baroque fountain
  • The town hall
  • The Parish house
  • The museum’s buildings on the square
  • The mint
  • The Franciscan church and monastery
  • The hospital church
  • The Lutheran (Evangelical) church
  • The Turček water pipeline
  • Museum of coins and medals.
Zvolen, another ancient looking town with more than 750-year`s history is situated only 12 km far away from Hronsek. It is one of the oldest towns in Slovakia – it obtained the town rights in 1243.

Places to see:
  • The square of the Slovak National Uprising
  • the second largest Square in the Central Europe
  • The Zvolen Castle
  • its location is sporadic
  • in the center of the town
  • The mineral springs
  • in the town and its surroundings there is large concentration
  • The St. Elizabeth Church