Poprad – Vicinity
City of Poprad and it’s vicinity offers visitors of a city a unique opportunity to discover natural, historical and cultural rarities.
When you start your journey from Poprad, any direction you take, you will find the gate to National Parks: in the north there is the Tatras National Park, the pride of the whole Slovakia and unique climatic resort, in the south-west there is the National Park of Lower Tatras with it‘s majestic Mt. Káľova hoľa, in the south you will find the National Park of Slovak Paradise with it‘s limestone rocks and gorgeous canyons and gullies, and in the north-east it is the Pieniny National Park with it‘s well-known Dunajec River. It is the River of Dunajec that reminds the nature fans of another peculiarity of this region – the European Water Divide, which crosses the ranges of Kozie chrbty. Rivers springing in the Poprad vicinity drain their waters into the Black Sea, for example the Hornád River, or to the Baltic Sea, for example the Poprad River.
“Genius loci” of the Poprad City and it‘s vicinity is presented by works of people´s hands that are embodied in beautiful Spiš citiess among which the most outstanding are mainly the former royal cities: Kežmarok with it‘s municipal castle and wooden articular church of the 18th century. Levoča and it‘s St. Jacob´s Church with the highest Late Gothic altar made by Master Paul of Levoča, these cities have been declared urban monument reserves. Other jewels of the Spiš region entered in the UNESCO World Heritage List, worth seeing, include the Gothic Spiš Castle, the largest castle in the Central Europe, the Spiš Cathedral and Žehra and their surroundings. Poprad visitors may enjoy folk architecture in the city’s vicinity located in the conservation reserves in Osturňa and Ždiar.