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Špania dolina travel tips

Getting there

By bus: Take a local bus from Banská Bystrica (usually from platform eight). Trip takes 30 minutes.

By car: Follow Highway E77 north out of Banská Bystrica in the direction of Donovaly and Ružomberok. About ten minutes out of town is a turn off, a single-lane road winding through the forest up to Špania Dolina.


Klopačka, Turistická ubytovňa, Špania Dolina 102.

Tel: 048/ 419-8440. Fax: 048/ 412-6336. Double: 560 Sk, Apartment: 900-1,100 Sk. Breakfast: 70 Sk. Beautiful hotel on the main square.

Horský Hotel Šachticky, Tel: 048/ 414-1911. Fax: 048/ 414-5670. Double: 1,250-1,400 Sk, Apartment: 3,150 Sk. Breakfast: 130 Sk. CC. Hotel located at the top of a mountain 15 minutes north of Banská Bystrica, 45 minutes by foot from Špania Dolina. Fitness centre, sauna, basketball gym and outdoor terrace.

Hotel Žiar Donovaly, Donovaly 18. Tel: 048/ 419-9901. Fax: 048/ 419-9717. Single: 600 Sk, Double: 1,200 Sk, Apartment: 1,600 Sk. Breakfast: included. CC. Pool included. Fantastic hotel in Donovaly ski resort 30 minutes north of Banská Bystrica.

These articles and related information were published in Spectacular Slovakia 2002.

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