The area of the Tatra region offers a wide range of cultural monuments left behind by our forefathers. There are either works of the man that are worth admiring. Or it was Mother Nature that created real masterpieces. We just need to look around.
The Spiš castle is a real jewel of European culture. It is the largest castle complex in central Europe and was enlisted in the UNESCO World cultural and natural heritage in 1993. Besides a tour along preserved majestic ruins of the castle complex, one can climb to the attractive observatory tower or visit a separate exposition of archaeological finds and weapons, the castle torture chamber and a Gothic chapel of St. Elizabeth. There is a road leading to the castle from the town of Spišské Podhradie. It takes about 45 min to get there from Poprad by car.
The Spiš Chapter is one of centres of Slovak religious schools. There is a Roman cathedral of St. Martin enlisted in UNESCO. It is opened daily from 9:00 to 16:30 and accessible via a road from the town of Spišské Podhradie.
The oldest findings of Levoča date back to the 9th century. The historical centre of the town was declared a conservation area in 1950. The castle system is well preserved with six of fifteen bastions and towers including three gates. At the Church of St. Jacob (UNESCO) in the middle of the square, there is the highest Gothic altar in the world (18.62 m) made of lime tree at the workshop of Master Paul of Levoča in the 16th century. A Marian hill with a cathedral rises over the town. It hosts the biggest Marian pilgrimage in Slovakia. Even the Pope Jean Paul II. visited it in 1995. It takes about 30 min to get there from Poprad by car.
The Castle of Ľubovňa built in the early 14th century is the dominant feature of the own. It used to hide Polish crown jewels in the past and the well known Slovak traveller Maurice Benyovszky was imprisoned here. Visitors can visit the renewed palace and castle brewery. The tour takes about 80 minutes. Below the castle, there is an open-air museum which presents folk architecture of the region of the North-East Spiš and North-West Šariš with mixed ethnic groups. One can see dwellings, a blacksmith´s forge, a mill or a cabinetmaker´s workshop which were brought here from the whole region. It is opened daily from 9:00 to 19:00. It takes about 50 min to get there from Poprad by car.
Nestville park, Hniezdne
The Nestville park at Hniezdne teaches the tourist on the history, traditional crafts, exceptional skills people in this area had and working tools they would use in various periods. Visitors can learn something about the history of alcohol production from the past until the present and enjoy a special reward at the end of the tour –a special drink tasting of Nestville production. It is opened daily from 9:00 to 17:00 and the tour lasts about 90 min. It takes about 50 minutes to get there from Poprad by car.
Demänovská dolina (valley)
Demänovská dolina is a 16 km-long and the most beautiful valley of the Low Tatras. It is located in the National Park Low Tatras, which contains precious natural jewels such as Demänovský kras (karst), Vrbické pleso (tarn), Demänovská jaskyňa slobody (cave) and Demänovská ľadová jaskyňa (ice cave). The area offers possibilities for cableway trips, there is a bike park and various marked tourist trails. It takes about 50 minutes to get there from Poprad by car.
In the northern part of the mountain range of Slovenské rudohorie, between the town Spišská Nová Vses and the villages Hranovnica and Dobšiná, there is a limestone mountain range that was named Slovak Paradise. It is a manifold karst area with a lot of gorges, chasms, narrow valleys and canyons and preserved plains that are rich in karst formations. There are about 300 km of marked tourist trails. The Slovak Paradise is accessible from the villages Podlesok or Čingov. It takes about 20 min to get there from Poprad by car.
Zakopane is a charming tourist town located on the Polish side of the Tatras and offers a pleasant 1-day trip alternative. One day is enough to enjoy a cableway trip to Mt. Kasprowy Wierch, swimming at an aquapark or walking at the busy town centre along the famous shopping street of Krupowki.