The river Hron, which gave the name to the territory of region, springs in the southern hillside of the majestic mountain Kráľova hoľa. It flows westward from this legendary mountain in the eastern end of the Low Tatras.
The beautiful landscape with typical villages around the upper reach of the river Hron lying almost in the heart of Slovakia was given the name Horehronie. Monuments of popular architecture are dispersed all over the region, and some of them are concentrated in the Monument Reserve of Popular Architecture in Špania Dolina, in Hronsek (wooden church), as well as in Vydrovo, where the Forestry Open-Air Museum can be found.
Horehronie has all possible natural assets. The mountain ranges of Nízke Tatry (Low Tatras) and Veľká Fatra are a kind of paradise for hikers and cyclists. Hikers love to visit the mountains of Low Tatras (Nízke Tatry) in summer. Underground and karstic formations can be admired in Harmanecká Cave, Bystrianska Cave or Dead Bats' Cave.
Photo: Sled Dog Racing Donovaly © Ivan Farbák
Skiing is wonderful and widely popular in Donovaly (popular also for its world-famous sled dog racing), Turecká, Mýto pod Ďumbierom or in the surroundings of Čierny Balog. Cross-country skiing above Banská Bystrica is practiced not only by domestic lovers of this sport but it is increasingly populars also by foreigners.
Attraction near Čierny Balog is the mysterious virgin forest and romantic Čiernohorská lesná železnica (Čiernohorská Forest Railway). The spa town of Brusno is not far away.