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Road Route, Stage 6: Travel Guide Banská Štiavnica - Detva

This is one of those easier stages, with less climbs and more rides in the valley. From Banská Štiavnica, you cycle down to the Hron valley. After crossing the town of Zvolen and two other villages, you reach Detva, one of the centres of Slovak folklore. 

After a short section behind Banská Štiavnica with limited traffic, you join the main for 14 kilometres road from Banská Belá to Hronská Breznica. Due to descent the traffic should not be so disturbing, but stay calm and confident.

Before entering highway, turn right to a smaller road along the Hron river to Budča. The town of Zvolen (pop. 40,000) is one of the regional centres with many shops, restaurants, cafés, etc. Make a stop here at the large square and possibly visit the Zvolen chateau for (not only) gothic art.

To get from Zvolen, you need to cycle through an industrial area. Behind Lieskovec, the road finally becomes more scenic again. Očová is well known for its folklore, crafts and sport airport. Stop here and ask for a small local museum of crafts or for ice cream.

Crazy tip: if you feel like cycling into a former volcano Poľana, consider this 35 kilometres detour (+700 metres elevation gain) from Očová village. Scenic, but hard, very hard. 🙂

Behind Očová, there is one more village of Breziny before reaching the town of Detva. 

59 kilometres


+ 400 metres

Elevation gain



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Road Route Stage 6: Banská Štiavnica – Detva

Pubs and restaurants

Where to eat and drink along the way?

Hostinec Stráže / 28 km

Restaurant and guest house offering authentic local cuisine.

Haus Restaurant / 32 km

Popular restaurant in the centre of Zvolen, directly on the largest square in Slovakia.

Očová / 46 km

Pub in the village of Očová, famous for its folklore traditions and sport airfield.

Bed and Breakfast

Where will you stay for the night?

Penzión a Pivnica pri Studni / Detva

Guest house with nice rooms and popular restaurant with generous portions!

Contact information

Address: Jesenského 2, Detva

Telephone: +421 455 454 974


What to see

Interesting locations along the route

Zvolen / 32 km

Town with the largest square in Slovakia and elegant chateau run by Slovak National Gallery.

Hronsek Wooden Church / +22 km

UNESCO wooden church from 18th century, 11 kilometres from Zvolen, making it 22km detour. Or take a local train from Zvolen to Hronsek.

Očová / 45 km

Village famous for its folklore traditions and crafts. There is a local museum, ice cream, pub and pizzeria. 🙂

Repair shops

The best bike repair shops along the route

Cyklošport Outdoor

Bike shop in the outskirts of Zvolen, but on the route.

Igor Koreň

Bike repair shop in the centre of Zvolen.


Bike shop in Detva.

Things to do in Detva

One of the folklore capitals in Slovakia hosts folklore events and has regional museum with traditional musical instruments as fujara (UNESCO) etc (open Mo-Fr 8am – 4pm).

You can also take a look at the venue for folklore events, or local Calvary with colorful traditional crosses. Southern part of Detva is not inspiring due to communist-era housing projects.