Považská Bystrica

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Považská Bystrica
coat of arms map
Coat of arms of Považská Bystrica
Považská Bystrica (Slovakia)
Považská Bystrica
Považská Bystrica
Basic data
State : Slovakia
Kraj : Trenčiansky kraj
Okres : Považská Bystrica
Region : Severné Považie
Area : 90.555 km²
Residents : 39,271 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 434 inhabitants per km²
Height : 288  m nm
Postal code : 017 01
Telephone code : 0 42
Geographic location : 49 ° 7 '  N , 18 ° 27'  E Coordinates: 49 ° 6 '58 "  N , 18 ° 26' 53"  E
License plate : PB
Kód obce : 512842
Community type : city
Urban area structure: 13 districts
Administration (as of November 2018)
Mayor : Karol Janas
Address: Mestský úrad Považská Bystrica
Centrum 2/3
01713 Považská Bystrica
Website: www.povazska-bystrica.sk
Statistics information on statistics.sk

Považská Bystrica (German since the 19th century: Waagbistritz ; Hungarian: Vágbeszterce ) is a city in north-western Slovakia.

view on the city


The city is located in the western north of Slovakia on the middle Waag about 32 kilometers southwest of the city of Žilina . It extends in an arc along the Waag.


The place is an old settlement area ( Lausitz culture , Puchau culture ). The Slavic / Slovak settlement located here with numerous finds from the 8th-11th centuries. Century (the time of the Principality of Neutra ) was probably the largest in northern Slovakia.

The castle was mentioned for the first time as Bistrica in 1316 and the actual place in 1330 . In 1384 he was granted city rights. In the 14th century, the castle was ruled by brothers Ján and Rafael Podmanický (Pomanin / Podmaniczky), among others , who had their base here for raids to Moravia and Silesia . In 1432 the city, including all documents, was completely burned down by the Hussites , so that King Sigismund of Luxembourg had to re-grant city rights in 1435.

In 1458, King Matthias Corvinus gave the town with the 16 neighboring villages and the Ladislav Podmanický castle . A long period of rule by this noble family over large parts of Slovakia and the Kingdom of Hungary began.

Until 1928 the main sources of income were agriculture and handicrafts. In that year a branch of the “Brno Arms Factory” (Brnenská zbrojovka) was established , which is now a heavy engineering plant.


  • Catholic Church of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary, built in Gothic style in the 14th century, later redesigned in Baroque style
  • Church of St. George from 1791
Ruins of the Waagburg (Považský hrad) above the town
  • Baroque Helenen Chapel from 1728 with two rococo altars
  • Ruins of the Waagburg (Považský hrad) from the 14th century, in 1543 the lower parts were created after a fire, in 1698 it was razed on the orders of Leopold I.
  • Renaissance fort (called "the castle") at the foot of the castle hill from 1631 with two towers, served the lords of the castle as a new residence
  • “Younger” fort, located north of the older one, built in 1750–75 in rococo style with a three-wing arcaded courtyard
  • Orlové Castle on the north bank of the Waag, originally built in the Renaissance style in 1612, now houses a local museum
  • Chapel of Maria Magdalena on Kalvarienberg from 1805


The municipality consists of the following 13 places (with further subdivision if available):


Motorway high road over the city, shortly before opening

The main road 61 from Bratislava to Žilina runs through the city . Until the opening of the continuous D1 motorway on May 31, 2010, the city was a bottleneck . Since there were several controversial route variants, the start of construction of the Považská Bystrica elevated road through the city , a section of the D1 , was delayed until 2008. In addition, state roads connect the city with Púchov , Bytča and Rajec .

Považská Bystrica lies on the double-track railway line Bratislava-Žilina ; Express trains and some EuroCity trains stop at the station , but no Intercity trains.

Local public transport is operated by the municipal company MDS as Považská Bystrica; There are currently 15 bus routes, including 2 school bus, 1 night bus and one free line (as of May 2016).

Sons and daughters

See also

Web links

Commons : Považská Bystrica  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Diaľnica D1 Sverepec - Vrtižer - mapa posudzovaných variantov Klub Strážov, accessed on October 2, 2018.
    The variant V2a shown on the map was built.
  2. MDS as ( Memento of the original from January 5, 2017 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , Line overview (Slovak) accessed on May 31, 2016 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / mds.sk