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Zvolen (Slovakia)
Basic data
State : Slovakia
Kraj : Banskobystrický kraj
Okres : Zvolen
Region : Pohrony
Area : 98.727 km²
Residents : 42,167 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 427 inhabitants per km²
Height : 293  m nm
Postal code : 960 01
Telephone code : 0 45
Geographic location : 48 ° 35 '  N , 19 ° 8'  E Coordinates: 48 ° 34 '59 "  N , 19 ° 7' 59"  E
License plate : ZV
Kód obce : 518158
Community type : city
Urban area structure: 6 districts
Administration (as of November 2018)
Mayor : Lenka Balkovičová
Address: Mestský úrad Zvolen
Námestie slobody 22
96061 Zvolen
Website: www.zvolen.sk
Statistics information on statistics.sk

Zvolen (German Altsohl , Hungarian Zólyom - older also Ózólyom , Latin. Veterosolium ) is a city in central Slovakia . It is located at the mouth of the Slatina river in the Hron / Gran and gives a district its name.


View of the city center

The city was mentioned for the first time in 1135 and is one of the oldest prehistoric settlements in Slovakia, because important trade routes have crossed at the strategically favorable location of the city since ancient times. Only ruins are left of the town's original watchtower, the so-called Pustý hrad (literally "desert castle") on the opposite bank of the town.

Under Bela IV. Zvolen received city ​​rights in 1243 and extensive privileges under King Ladislaus IV .

In the second half of the 14th century (1370–1382) King Ludwig I of Hungary had a mighty hunting lodge ( Altsohl Castle ) built as a summer residence in this Upper Hungarian town . The Diet of 1378 took place near the city, where his daughter Hedwig was married to the Polish King Władysław II Jagiełło .

The expanded and connected fortifications of the castle-like castle and the city withstood the repeated attacks by the Turks , but were conquered by the rebels during the uprising of Francis II Rákóczi (class uprising, around 1700).

With the railway connection in 1871 , the city developed into a modern transport hub and center of industry. The largest brickworks in Slovakia is located here, as well as a university of forestry and timber industry, a theater and museums.

During the Slovak National Uprising , the city played an important role; an armored train set up west of the castle reminds of this. In 1950 the Technical University of Zvolen was founded, making Zvolen a university town .

City structure

The city comprises the following 6 districts:

  1. Kráľová (German Königsberg; incorporated in 1980)
  2. Lukové (incorporated in 1976)
  3. Môťová (German Matthiasdorf; incorporated in 1946)
  4. Neresnica
  5. Zolná (incorporated in 1976)
  6. Zvolen

The Zvolenské Podhradie district was incorporated as early as 1888 and does not constitute a separate administrative unit of the city.


St. Elisabeth Church

Ethnic composition

  • Slovaks: 95.87%
  • Czechs: 1.20%
  • Roma: 0.94%
  • Hungary: 0.50%
  • Ukrainians: 0.05%
  • German: 0.03%


  • Roman Catholic: 52.46%
  • Non-denominational: 26.43%
  • Evangelical: 15.04%
  • Greek Catholic: 0.46%
  • Orthodox: 0.14%


Altsohl Castle

Town twinning

Since 2007, Zvolen has been a member of the European city association Douzelage , each of which includes cities from one country in the European Union .

Other partner cities are:

city country
Imatra Imatra.vaakuna.svg FinlandFinland South Karelia, Finland
Prachatice , Prachatitz Prachatice Czech.png Czech RepublicCzech Republic South Bohemia, Czech Republic
Rivne , Rovno Coat of arms Rivne.svg (since 1998) UkraineUkraine Ukraine
Tótkomlós HUN Tótkomlós Címer.svg HungaryHungary Békés, Hungary
Zwoleń POL Zwoleń COA.svg PolandPoland Mazovia, Poland

sons and daughters of the town

See also

Web links

Commons : Zvolen  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b Partnerské mestá. Retrieved October 27, 2019 .