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The Clock Tower

Namestie SNP, Banska Bystrica 974 01, Slovakia
+421 907 846 555
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Fantastic view

To walk up the steps and get the Fantastic view over Banska Bystrica is just what you should do... read more

Reviewed 6 November 2017
Odd Lennart L
Sykkylven Municipality, Norway
via mobile
Cute one

The tower gives to the square additional royalty reminding of those times for Banska... read more

Reviewed 31 October 2017
Vihren M
Amiens, France
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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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Namestie SNP, Banska Bystrica 974 01, Slovakia
Namestie SNP, Banska Bystrica 974 01, Slovakia
+421 907 846 555
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Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

To walk up the steps and get the Fantastic view over Banska Bystrica is just what you should do since it is the best view over town It is really beautiful to watch the castle complex or down the Main Street with all beautiful old...More

Thank Odd Lennart L
Reviewed 31 October 2017

The tower gives to the square additional royalty reminding of those times for Banska Bystrica. It is positioned between two other churches, the monument after the WWII and Thurzov Dom.

Thank Vihren M
Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

You will have a nice view of the city here. Definitely worth a visit and then have an ice-cream which is right under the tower.

Thank ivanatur
Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

The clock tower is one of must-go in Banska Bystrica. Once again I visited and took boyfriend from America who enjoyed as well! It's 2€ for adults and 1€ for seniors and students (doesn't even ask for verification :D ) a few stairs up and...More

Thank Kitty P
Reviewed 18 September 2017 via mobile

If you'll look carefully from the town square, you'll notice that the tower leans slightly to the left. Great view from the top, but it costs 2 Euros and there at about 100 steps to climb to get there. We enjoyed the view.

Thank Teachcool
Reviewed 13 September 2017

You should try this attraction on the main square. It is not easy to find entrance door (go to ice cream place bellow the tower and ask there for entrance), but after it will be great value for 2 Euros fee. Please take a camera...More

Thank Juraj U
Reviewed 2 September 2017

It is nice from outside, but nothing inside, just a great view from the top. In the information center of the town, it is written that when the office is not operate, the tower can be an information center, instead. No, the guy there, do...More

Thank Shlomi T
Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

Entrance fee is only 2 euro (no charge for children under 6). There are 93 stairs to climb to the top. There is a narrow balkony at the top. The view of the square is nice. The whole experiance takes about 20 minutes.

Thank lir10
Reviewed 11 August 2017

Its cheap to climb up to the top and not too arduous, the view of the square and surrounding hills is worth it

Thank 27gill
Reviewed 7 August 2017

As part of visiting the Bansla Bystrica city center- you can not miss the tower, which is slightly leaning.

Thank Danny S
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