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Address: Namestie SNP, Banska Bystrica 974 01, Slovakia
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+421 907 846 555

The clock tower, also known as the green, weigh officeand lately also as...

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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Extremely scenic town

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.

Reviewed 13 January 2017
Jean H
Oak Island, North Carolina
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Oak Island, North Carolina
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Reviewed 13 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
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 20 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. I wish it was advertised more so more tourist would come to appreciate its beauty.

Thank DMCC2015
Layton, Utah
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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
Moscow, Russia
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Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

You can take a look to Banská Bystrica from above. The views are great in summer and september. We looked from it on a fair, it was really funny. They take 1.5 € for entrance.

Thank Roman R
Tel Aviv, Israel
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Reviewed 10 August 2016

Enjoyed seeing it only from standing outside in the main square, nice and relaxing atmosphere, people sitting in cafe's and restaurants, or wandering up and down the lovely square

Thank sammy c
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Reviewed 28 July 2016

Quick visit; easy to climb, the view is only on top of the place, could be interestng for some 360 pictures

Thank Olivier L
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Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

A really beautiful clock tower in a really beautiful town. Only 1.50 to go to go to the top. Really worth it, the view is fab and definitely worth all those steps.

Thank Jane C
Chico, California
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Reviewed 6 July 2016

The Clock Tower, the surrounding buildings the whole square is what you go to Europe to see. There are so many view able buildings around your eyes can wander all about. Do not miss this area, best of Europe's hidden gems.

Thank ManOfC0nstantS0rr0w
Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed 18 April 2016

Visited the square for lunch with our Trafalgar tour group. The Clock Tower lean was pointed out by our tour leader Paul.

Thank bwimpyow
Detva, Banska Bystrica, Slovakia
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Reviewed 25 February 2016

The City Center of Banska Bystrica is a nice place to walk in in Summer with cafes etc , Wait for the clock to chime every hour

Thank Douglas B

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