The Clock Tower

The Clock Tower, Banska Bystrica: Hours, Address, The Clock Tower Reviews: 4.5/5

The Clock Tower
4.5
Historic Sites • Observation Decks & Towers
11:00 - 17:00
Monday
11:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 17:00
Thursday
11:00 - 17:00
Friday
11:00 - 17:00
Saturday
11:00 - 17:00
Sunday
11:00 - 17:00
About
The clock tower, also known as the green, weigh officeand lately also as the leaning tower, stands on the upper end of the Námestie SNP square in Banská Bystrica. It is one of the dominating features forming the outline of the historical centre of the town. Initially, the tower had also another purpose besides the one of the clock support - that of the watch tower. From the tower people could communicate with other watch towers on Vartovka and on Šachtičky, from where they were notified of any potential danger threatening the town. There used to live buglers in the tower, who in case of a fire went to the tower gallery and sounded the bugle alarm. The clock tower also used to be referred to as the weigh office tower, as it stood next to the town weigh officebuilding. Below the clock tower, there were the town torture chamber and prison. Since its construction, the tower has burnt out several times and undergone several modifications and changes. Since the start of the 20th century the tower has been leaning from the center line, which is visible even with the naked eye. At present the tower is leaning by as much as 68 cm. An old legend also provides an explanation as to why the tower is leaning: It was tilted by angels who crashed and seized its top while flying over its roof at night. Currently, the clock tower is open to the public, you can get to its top using the wooden staircase with 101 steps and from the tower gallery you will have a beautiful view of the cityscape of the whole square under your feet and the distant summits of the Kremnické vrchy Mts., or the Low Tatras.
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Carol H
De Pere, WI1,074 contributions
Slender, Beautiful, Leaning Tower
Sep 2019
The Clock Tower, "Leaning Tower," is slender and beautiful, standing silent guard over SNP Square. Built in 1552, this Renaissance structure served as an observation post, a prison, and a torture chamber.

Since its construction, it has burned several times, and has undergone renovations.

In the 19th century, brass bands used to give concerts from the top floor gallery

At the beginning of the 20th century, people have noticed its tilt. At present, it is leaning by as much as 68 cm (26 inches).

Although no member of our tour group of 22 climbed to the top, our local guide told us that there is a wooden staircase with 101 steps that offers a magnificent view of the entire town.
Written 17 November 2019
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enncle
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK4,383 contributions
Beautiful main square centre piece.
Oct 2019 • Couples
My partner and I visited. Beautiful quote, shops restaurants. But the clock tower is beautiful. Fantastic fountain faces it too.
Written 22 October 2019
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Curious34486517547
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leaning clock tower.
Aug 2019
173/5000
leaning clock tower. If you look better you may see it;). They sell excellent ice cream under the tower. If you climb the tower you have a perfect view of the square and surroundings.
Written 6 September 2019
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TikiTourer
Tauranga, New Zealand612 contributions
Easy 101 step climb
Aug 2019 • Solo
A bargain climb for 2 Euro, or 1 Euro if you are retired. The stairs are easy and before you know it you open a door to the 360 degree walkway. Great views of the square and all around
And a very friendly lady at the pay desk...
Great way to spend a bit of time.
Written 16 August 2019
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JoeMalta735
Naxxar, Malta76 contributions
nice view of the main square
Jul 2019
For a nominal fee you climb around 100 steps enjoy stunning views of the main square and surrounding are of Banska Bystrica. You can go all the way around the balcony. i imagine that would be a bit uncomfortable if was busy.
Written 10 August 2019
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Ricu Stetter - Israel
Tel Aviv, Israel144 contributions
Dominant building in the city market
Jul 2019 • Friends
The Clock Tower was built in the 16th century and restored; the tower leans slightly to the left (look carefully from the town square). It is beautiful from the outside, but nothing from the inside.
Admission costs € 2 for adults and € 1 for seniors and children.
There is a staircase to the top (about 100 steps), easy climb.
Once you get up and out, the views are spectacular - 360 view of everything around.
Written 1 August 2019
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shropshirenick
Shrewsbury, UK17,266 contributions
Fantastic Views
Jun 2019 • Couples
I would definitely recommend going up the clock tower. The staircase up is not cramped like some and a reasonably easy climb. The views from the top are lovely. There are great views of the town and particularly the square
Written 3 July 2019
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Roma R
Banska Bystrica, Slovakia67 contributions
Nice view from above
Oct 2018 • Friends
If you are visitor of Banska or even you live here it is really nice to have that bird perspective view from time to time. Recommended for families with kids - they always enjoy the most. There is no elevator so you have to take a few steps up.
Written 15 October 2018
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AllyP1994
Martinborough, New Zealand156 contributions
Fun to climb and great views
Sep 2018 • Couples
We paid to climb in the day, then returned after 6pm Saturday night for free.
Stunning views of the square, roofscape and green hills. Not much pollution here!
Well worth it.
Don't look down if you get vertigo!
Written 30 September 2018
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Silvia G
Kosice, Slovakia383 contributions
Beautiful view over town
Jul 2018 • Family
The Clock tower was built in the 16th century and now after climbing stairs you can enjoy beautiful panoramic view over town- main square and surrounding mountains. Not many stairs, easy climb, not many tourists (during our visit, we were only there, not any other tourists) and cheap entrance. You can use binocular for free, just missing there any informational boards, so you do not learn to much what monuments, churches you see from tower.
Written 16 August 2018
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