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The Clock Tower

Namestie SNP, Banska Bystrica 974 01, Slovakia
+421 907 846 555
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Leaning Clock Tower

If you'll look carefully from the town square, you'll notice that the tower leans slightly to the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Teachcool
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Harriman, Tennessee
via mobile
Beautiful view of town centre

You should try this attraction on the main square. It is not easy to find entrance door (go to ice... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Juraj U
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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
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Reviewed 2 days ago 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 1 week ago

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 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

Check opening times before you go. But with just over 100 steps to the top it is on of the smaller towers in Slovakia although it is still worth going up. You can also get a nice ice cream at the bottom.

Thank Craig P
Reviewed 12 January 2017

The Clock Tower stands out great as you are walking through the town square. Perfect picture for remembering the trip when you get back home.

Thank Jean H
Reviewed 19 October 2016

Climbing up the tower wasn't that difficult. I think there were around 100 steps. The staircase is well lit so there was no problem at all. The view on the main square "Namestie SNP" are absolutely stunning! Beautiful city, beautiful country. Well worth the visit....More

Thank DMCC2015
Reviewed 3 October 2016

Compared with other towers I climbed in Eastern Europe - this was about the smallest. Nice view of the square. I was given a coupon for free coffee afterwards. Worth the time and minimal effort for the views.

Thank Outdoorpartner
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