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Top ten attractions and places to see in the High Tatras, Poprad and Spiš region 

 On this website you can find tips for hiking and free time - Top 10 attractions and places to see in the High Tatras, Poprad and Spiš region inclusive UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. All photos shown here as well as 2000 more photos from this region you can advantageously buy in CD version. Train and bus connections with Poprad town are shown too. Other gratis photo - click here, attractions in Bratislava - click here, attractions in Slovakia - click here. Your comments or tips are welcome.
 

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Popradské Pleso Mountain lake

 Tip 1:  Popradské pleso mountain lake  (1494  meters ASL)

 Route: Poprad -
 Popradské pleso ( ca 27 km) by train -
           click here. Insert starting place
(column "Odkiaľ") and
           destination
(column "Kam").The hiking tour from  rail-
           way station to the lake and
back takes cca 5 hours.
        
 
Popradské pleso is located in picturesque surroundings of the
 Mengusovská dolina valley (
TANAP protected area). This
 beautiful lake
attracts attention of many hikers, skiers and
 bikers. A symbolic cemetery of the High Tatras victims can be
 found in the vinicity of the lake. Hiking access from the Štrbské
 Pleso lake along Tatranská magistrála
path is possible too.

Štrbské Pleso mountain lake

 Tip 2: Štrbské Pleso mountain lake (1346 meters ASL)
 

Route: Poprad -
Štrbské pleso ( ca 29 km) by bus - click here,
          by train -
click here. Insert starting place (column
          "Odkiaľ") and destination (column "Kam")
.   

 
Štrbské pleso mountain lake is the most famous and the most
 visited lake in the High Tatras. This
around 155 days per year
 ice covered lake
is surrounded by dense forest and high
 mountains. The tower of ski jump and some old hotels belong
 to this place too. Štrbské pleso is a unique starting place for
 
fitness walking and climbing ascents on the beautifull mountain
 High Tatras (Kriváň, Rysy, Solisko etc.). Video.

 
Our tips: refreshment At 3 marmots, lodging Hotel Crocus
 

Spišské Podhradie, The Castle Spišký hrad  - UNESCO World Cultural Heritage since 1993

 Tip 3:  The Castle Spišský hrad (Spiš Castle)

 Route: Poprad - Spišské Podhradie ( ca 45 km) by bus -
          
click here, by train - click here. Insert starting place
           (column "Odkiaľ") and destination (column "Kam")
.
           Nearest
access by car is from the village Hodkovce.

 The
Castle was founded in the 12th century on the site of
 earlier Slavic castle. The partly reconstructed castle is the
 greatest Central Europe castle ruin and together with the
 Church at Žehra tourist attraction today
(UNESCO protected
 
area). The reconstructed sections of the castle serve to
 the Spiš Museum which presents here its exhibitions.
 

Zelené Pleso mountain lake

 Tip 4:  Zelené pleso Mountain lake (1550 meters ASL)

 
Route: Poprad - Tatranská Lomnica/
 Biela Voda ( ca 25 km)
           by bus -
click here. Insert starting place (column
           "Odkiaľ") and destination (column "Kam"). The
hiking
         
 
Biela  Voda - Zelené pleso and back takes ca 6 hours.
          
 
Zelené pleso is located in picturesque surroundings of the
 
Dolina Kežmarskej Bielej vody valley (TANAP protected area).
 This beautiful lake
attracts attention of many hikers, skiers
 and bikers. The visitors of this place can observe unique flora
 and fauna of the High Tatras mountains. First
written reference
 of hiking tour to
this lake is dated 1565 (Beata Koscielecka -
 Laska from the Kežmarok Castle)

Skalnaté Pleso mountain lake 

 Tip 5:  Skalnaté pleso mountain lake (1751 meters ASL)

 
Route: Poprad -
 Tatranská Lomnica ( ca 19 km) by train -
          
click here, by bus - click here. Insert starting place
           (column "Odkiaľ") and destination (column "Kam").
          
The hiking tour
Tatranská Lomnica to Skalnaté pleso
           and back takes cca 2,5 hours. Other way: by a lift.

            

 Skalnaté pleso is located under southern slopes of the Lomnický
 štít Peak. 
The Observatory and ski area are well known here.
 It is
possible to take a lift to the Lomnický štít Peak or to the
 Lomnické sedlo saddle - both with
a wonderful panoramic view.
 
 
Our tips: refreshment Café Bobčo, gifts Books Slobodníková

Poprad - Spišská Sobota

 Tip 6: Poprad - Spišská Sobota

 
The oldest written reference to this municipal part of the
 Poprad town dates 1256. The square in Spišská Sobota is
 decorated with houses built in the Renaissance period. The
 St. George´s Church belongs to the oldest and significant
 sights: its Late Gothic wing altars as well as the main altar

 from the workshop of Master Pavol from Levoča are well
 known. The entire urban part has been proclaimed the urban
 conservation area.

 Our tips:
refreshment in Restaurant of the Sobota Hotel or
 GuestHouse Sabato,
souvenirs Flowers MIKOY
 

Kežmarok - UNESCO World Cultural Heritage since 2008

 Tip 7:  Kežmarok -  Protestant wooden articular church (1717)

 Route: Poprad - Kežmarok ( ca 15 km) by train -
click here,
           by bus -
click here. Insert starting place (column
           "Odkiaľ") and destination (column "Kam").

 In the 13th century joined in this region a community of
 Saxons, a Slovak fishing village, a Hungarian border post and
 a Carpathian German settlement. Kežmarok received in 1269
 its town charter. In the Gothic
Castle built in 14th - 15th
 century is museum today.
 The old town has been 1950 duly
 proclaimed an
urban conservation area
. The wooden church
 
has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2008.
 Our tips:
refreshment Café Fontana, souvenirs Flowers NIKA

Levoča town, UNESCO World Cultural Heritage since 2009

 Tip 8:  The St. James´s Church and the Town Hall in Levoča

 Route: Poprad -
Levoča ( ca 28 km) by bus - click here.
          
Insert starting place (column "Odkiaľ") and
           destination (column "Kam").


 The oldest written reference to the town dates 1249, in
 1317 Levoča received the status of a royal town. On the
 town square are located three major monuments: the 14th
 century Renaissance
Church of St. James with a Gothic carved
 and painted wooden altar (largest in the world) created by
 master
Paul around 1520, the Old Town Hall (15th - 17th
 century, now a museum), and the Lutheran church (1837)

 

Kriváň peak

 Tip 9: Kriváň peak, the most beautiful peak in Slovakia  

 The Kriváň peak (2494 meters ASL) is considered the symbol
 of the Slovak national pride. In the 19th century were
 organised pilgrimages of Slovak patriots and enthusiasts to
 the top of Kriváň, for example 1841 Ľudovít Štúr. This
 tradition is revived in the 21th century again.
 The most comfortable way to reach the top of Kriváň starts
 at the point called Tri studničky/
Podbánske following the
 green-marked path, other longer way following the blue-
 marked path starts on
Štrbské pleso. The reward for rather
 demanding ascent - suitable for sportmen and health men
 only - is a wonderful panoramic view.
 

Strážky chateau

 Tip 10: The Strážky chateau, National Cultural Monument

 Route: Poprad - Kežmarok - Spišská Belá ( ca 20 km) by bus
           - click here, by train -
click here. Insert starting
           place (column"Odkiaľ") and destination (column"Kam")
          
 

 
The manor house Strážky is a part of the Spišská Belá town.
 The manor was rebuilt 1584 in Renaissance style on foundations
 of Gothic castle. Reconstructed manor serves to the Slovak
 National Gallery, which presents here its exhibitions - historical
 furniture and interior complements inclusive pictures,
one of
 them the exhibition called "Ladislav Mednyanský and Strážky"
 An English park enhaces the charm of this place.
 

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