Poprad – Vicinity
The Town of Poprad and its vicinity offers its visitors 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 its majestic Mt. Káľova hoľa, in the south you will find the National Park of Slovak Paradise with its limestone rocks and gorgeous canyons and gullies, and in the north-east it is the Pieniny National Park with its 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 Town and its vicinity is presented by works of people´s hands that are embodied in beautiful Spiš towns among which the most outstanding are mainly the former royal towns: Kežmarok with its municipal castle and wooden articular church of the 18th century. Levoča and its St Jacob´s Church with the highest Late Gothic altar made by Master Paul of Levoča, these towns 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 town’s vicinity located in the conservation reserves in Osturňa and Ždiar.