Spišská Nová Ves – PART 1

Spisska Nova Ves is located in the Northeast of Slovakia. It is the gate to Slovak Paradise which is a national park and has an ice cave which is part of UNESCO World Heritage, called Dobsinska Ice Cave.
The easiest way to get here is to fly to Kosice or Poprad and then travel by train to Spisska.
One can find a lot to do in this area of Slovakia. In the city centre of Spisska Nova Ves tourists will find the tallest church tower of Slovakia. You can visit it by purchasing a ticket at the Tourist Information Centre which is located not far from the tower. There are other interesting buildings in the city centre – the Town Hall, Evangelic church, Reduta (Theatre) and the Greek-Catholic Church, all with its different charm and architecture.
From Spisska Nova Ves tourists are not far from Slovak Paradise National Park. There are many trails to choose from there. The best way to visit the park is to hire someone like Experience Slovakia to take you there. Even if you are an experienced hiker, not many people speak English there and a specialised guide would be able to take you to the best spots in the park and show you more in one day than you would be able to see alone, as they know the trails well and would plan a trip to maximise your time and enjoyment there.
Only half an hour from Spisska Nova Ves tourists can visit Poprad and the High Tatras. Everything is well connected and can be done by train. But if you do not have much time to spend here, we would definitely recommend an agency like Experience Slovakia to take you to Poprad and the High Tatras. Going by car can allow you to access places easily and fast as well as giving you the opportunity to stop in some hidden gems, like villages, spas and restaurants that one could not do if travelling by train.
The city centre of Spisska Nova Ves is a great place to hang out when it is summer time, with its terraces and gardens tourists can enjoy food and drinks outside and be surprised by so many events that take place here in the months of July, August and September. The most popular are Spis Market (July), Festival of Live Statues (August) and Dni mesta or the Days of the Town ( August). However, the cold months also inspire those who like wine, nice meals and there is even a tea place for tea lovers!
A place that cannot be missed is Spissky hrad or Spis Castle, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is the largest castle ruins in Central Europe and offers guided tours in Slovak and English,  as well as audio tours in different languages. The easiest way to get there is definitely by car. There is a small train that takes tourists there but does not work all year round and runs on a limited timetable. Also, you would have to go from Spisska Nova Ves to Spisske Vlachy and from there take another train to Spisske Podhradie.  Last but not least only 15 minutes from Spisska tourists can find the UNESCO medieval town of Levoca with the highest wooden gothic altar in the world.
There is much more to see and enjoy in the area. For more information contact us on experienceslovakianow@gmail.com or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

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