The city was the foremost Slovak cultural center in the 19th century. Several cultural institutions (including Slovak Matica and Slovak National Museum) were founded there. Most political activities leading to the Slovak national emancipation in the 19th and early 20th centuries were organized in or from the city.
After Bratislava became the capital of Slovakia at the beginning of 20th century, Martin lost some of its importance, but the cultural institutions founded in the city are still maintained here.
- 1 Main bus and train station.
- 1 St. Martin of Tours church. This romanesque church is the oldest building (13th century) of the city.
- 2 Slovak National Museum. Ethnographic collection.
- 3 Museum of the Slovak Village. Open-air museum in the suburbs, exhibits the traditional rural architecture and folk traditions of the region of Turiec.
- 4 Slovak National Cemetery. The official Slovak hall of fame, inspired by the Panthéon in Paris.
- 5 Slovak Chamber Theatre. Established in 1944 as the second professional theatre company in Slovakia. The theatre building is a landmark of the city center.
- Martinské hole ski area is nearest to the city, however access is only possible by car with snow chains. There used to be a cablecar and there are plans to rebuild it.
- 1 Ferrata HSZ. An easy ferrata along a ravine/stream ending in the Martinské hole area. You must be resistent to some hights scare (mostly 2-5 m heights) and ferrata equipment is recommended for bigger part of the hike - at least good pair of gloves are really needed.