Donovaly originated in the 17th century. Its settlements Mistríky, Bully, Polianka, Mišúty, Hanesy, Močiar and Sliačany arose in 17th and 18th centuries.
The Declaration to soldiers and people, which was broadcasted from the Independent Slovak Transmitter, was ensued in Donovaly during the Slovak National Uprising.
In the village there are cultural relics, which attract many poeple todays. The altar of St. Anthony by painter A. Stollmann of Banská Bystrica and an organ from 1850 are located in a Classicist church. There are chapels in Mistríky, Polianka and Buly. For original folk architecture, the wooden three-room houses are the most typical examples.
According to capacity, Donovaly is the second largest skiing centre in Slovakia.
There are many recreational facilities offering the possibilities of all-year accomodation. Such as the Šport Hotel, Chata pod Magurou, Limba, Slniečko, Zornička and other recreation facilities.
Donovaly offers good ski conditions for variously efficient skiers on Zvolen hill. The Pomas connect the funicular to the New ridge. There are good conditions for family skiing and 4 ski-tows in Záhradište. The terrain is suitable for cross country skiing, cycling and hiking.