3-Day trip for lovers of history
The territory of Spiš belongs to the most beautiful regions not only in Slovakia, but also in Europe. Beautiful nature and many cultural-historical monuments enchant every visitor who chooses Spiš region as a destination.
1. day: Spišská Nová Ves and its close surroundings - in the embrace of Gothic, Renaissance, Rococo style and music...
The program begins in the town of Spišská Nová Ves where you will see the most beautiful places of interest of the town during the walk on the longest fusiform square in Europe. You will reveal the lure and historical value of buildings in the square – the Provincial House (at present, there is the Spiš Museum in the building), the magic of the Reduta, one of the most charming buildings in Spišská Nová Ves, the Spiš Artists’ Gallery with the most beautiful Renaissance court in the square, treasures can be also found in the Town Hall, theGreek-Catholic cathedral, Evangelical Church or Roman-Catholic Parish Church. Do not forget the ascent to the highest church tower in Slovakia.
The city tour ends at the memorial called the Place of Wishes - Tribute to Master Conrad, where you can express your wishes and by symbolically ringing a bell send it to the heaven. You will spend the afternoon in the Manor House in Markušovce and summer residence Dardanely. Renaissance-Baroque manor house hides the exhibition of historical furniture. The summer residence houses an exhibition of keyboard instruments and its wonderful hall is used as a concert hall.
2. day: In the past footsteps... or following the monuments of UNESCO
...through the streets of the free royal town of Levoča to the walls of greatest medieval castle in Central Europe ...
The return to the past begins in the historical center of the town of Levoča (UNESCO monument), in the city which is often considered “the brightest jewel in the crown of Spiš”. There are two churches in the center of the square of Master Pavol. The first one you will visit is the Roman-Catholic St. Jakub’s church. The church, with the biggest main altar made of lime wood, is the most precious jewel of Levoča. The church neighbours with the arcaded building of the former town hall. It is one of the finest buildings of secular Renaissance architecture in Slovakia. You will not miss the cage of opprobrium, which is an iconic fixture in the city, like the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The 19th century Evangelical church, the Renaissance Thurzo’s house, the Mariássy House, the monastery of the Minorites and Master Pavol´s House also deserves your attention.
Visit the Marian Hill in Levoča, which towers high above the town. It is dominated by the Basilica of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary with the gracious sculpture of the Virgin Mary, which is still the main symbol of Marian pilgrimages to Levoča.
Then you will continue to visit the so-called “Slovak Vatican”. The ecclesiastic town of Spišská Kapitula has been the residence of Spiš bishop for several centuries. You will also see the Late-Romanesque St Martins Cathedral, the most important building of Spišská Kapitula. Spiš Castle (UNESCO) is just a stone´s throw from the cathedral. It is one of the largest castle compounds in Central Europe. The trip continues to the village Hodkovce, where you will visit the Baroque-classical Manor House of the Csakys with a French park.
The trip ends in Žehra, where you can see another historic gem, the Church of the Holy Spirit (UNESCO). In the interior of the church are preserved unique wall paintings depicting various Biblical stories.
3. day: Adventure on rafts ....
Discover the secrets of monks, sail down the river Dunajec on traditional rafts, enjoy a Goral feast with music or evening bathing in thermal water.
The adventure begins in Červený kláštor (Red Monastery), which is a unique cultural-historical building located in beautiful nature and museum with pharmaceutical and historical exposition. After a guided tour of the museum, you will sail down the river Dunajec on traditional rafts, during which you can admire beautiful scenery. The River with a massive canyon, a series of tree-covered cliffs and natural treasures of fauna and flora - all this is a beautiful feast for your eyes. On the way back you will stop in the historic town of Vrbov, where you will find seven pools with mineral water. The water in the pools comes from thermal wells and provides pleasant relaxation during evening swimming.
We also recommend an alternative trip to Stará Ľubovňa, where you can visit Ľubovňa Castle, the open air Museum of Folk Architecture and a historical military camp.