The city of Banska Bystrica is the centre of the Mid-Slovakia region with administrative, economic, and cultural significance. It lies in the middle of Europe on the banks of the river Hron surrounded by wonderful scenery of Low Tatras, Kremnicke vrchy and Slovenske Rudohorie mountains. The history of the city is connected with mining. In the 15th century BB was the European metropolis in mining, processing and trading with copper. It was a very rich city, what can be seen on the architecture of the city centre with Castle complex and historical houses alongside the whole main SNP Square going down to the Europa Shopping centre.

The most tourists come during the summer, when the city attracts them by a variety of cultural and sport events, such as festivals, exhibitions or concerts. The surroundings of Banska Bystrica are as if they were made solely for tourism. In winter, these surrounding mountains change into a little snow paradise as there are many ski resorts. The most notable feature of Banska Bystrica is that due to the presence of Matej Bel University it is a predominantly university city with a substantial amount of students living and studying in centres of its faculties in different parts of it. Apart from that, the many cultural institutions such as theatres, opera house, cinemas, cafés, non-governmental organizations and language institutes offer an array of cultural events, free time and volunteering activities each week. You can find more than enough information on the city´s webpages:

http://eng.banskabystrica.sk/

http://eng.kisbb.sk/