Poprad is a major tourist and economic centre in the Prešov region of Eastern Slovakia.
- Staré Mesto
- Spišská Sobota
- Stráže pod Tatrami
The town has about 53,000 inhabitants. The majority of inhabitants are Slovak but the dominant positions among the ethnic minorities are held by Romas and Czechs.
Poprad has a mild climate and its weather is influenced by the High and Low Tatras. Winter is usually long and cold with snow. Summer is short and warm.
HistoryThe territory belonged to the Kingdom of Hungary since the 10th century and was probably inhabited by Slavic settlers. It was colonized in the 13th century by German settlers and became the largely German town Deutschendorf meaning 'Germans' village'. From 1412 to 1770, as one of the Szepes towns, Poprad was pawned by the Kingdom of Hungary to the Kingdom of Poland, resulting in a strong Polish influence on the city's further development.
The first written reference to Poprad dates from 1256. It was for 690 years (until 1946) just one of several neighbouring settlements, which make up the modern city. The other parts of the municipality are Matejovce (first reference 1251), Spišská Sobota (1256), Veľká (1268), and Stráže pod Tatrami (1276). The most significant of these original towns was Georgenberg (or Szepesszombat, now: Spišská Sobota), which preserved its dominant position in the area until the late 19th century.
Airport Poprad-TatryThe highest-placed airport in Europe, 718 m above sea-level. With the exception of Wizz Air from Luton, mostly seasonal service. The nearest international airport is in Košice, approximately 100 min by road.
See cp.sk (available in English) for train and bus connections.
A really cheap way of getting to Poprad from Prague is with RegioJet trains. You can choose either the night connection, which arrives in Poprad early morning, or the train during the day. Tickets for normal seats are €10 and in sleeping car €13.5. Onboard it is possible to buy very cheap food and beverages, including beer (under €1) which will be brought to you. RegioJet also has good connections to Bratislava.
The station has luggage lockers, so it is possible to do day trips elsewhere before catching a night train.
By busFrom some towns in Czech Republic, Poland or Slovakia it can be easier to catch a bus than a train.
- Bratislava: regular bus connections by many bus companies.
- Košice: regular bus connections by many bus companies.
- Banská Bystrica
- Žilina: regular bus connections by many bus companies, at least once every hour during the day, it takes around 2 hr, tickets cost around €7.
- Zakopane: the bus company Strama goes from Zakopane to Poprad with a few stops in Vysoké Tatry, a ticket costs €5.50 one way . This service is irregular, especially in winter. In front of the station in Zakopane, there is a bus stop with a sign that lists the times the bus leaves for Poprad; it's in Polish, but it's not hard to figure out. If the service is not running, look for the drivers that stop in front of the bus station. Tell the driver you want to go to Poprad. Your best bet is to get enough people who want to go to make it worth the driver's while. Some locals may also be going, so ask if you can join them to form a group. The driver will drop you off at Łysa Polana (Łysa is pronounced Wee-Sa in Polish), the border town between Poland and Slovakia. Wait for another bus to take you to Poprad (not long).
On footWalking from the city center to any other district will not take more than 20 minutes.
By taxiTaxis are an inexpensive and easy way to get around town. Shops and hotels will call a taxi for you, and there are taxi stands in central locations and near shopping malls, etc. A trip anywhere in town will cost €5-7.
Church of St. Egidiusaddress: St. Egidius squareEarly-Gothic from the late 13th century. Interesting wall paintings (like the oldest High Tatras panorama).
Evangelical churchaddress: St. Egidius squareClassicist style from the mid-19th century.
Church of St. George (Juraj)address: Spišská SobotaThere is an interesting Gothic altar by Master Paul of Levoča.
address: Vajanského 72/4you could find expositions Gánovce – The Environment of the Neanderthal Man, Prehistoric Age and Early Middle Age below the High Tatras, Poprad through Centuries, Nature both known and unknown, Manufacture of blue-printing from Elemír Montštek's workshop in Hranovnica and Folk plastics.
address: Hviezdoslavova 341/12It is housed in the former steam power plant, its scientific and exhibition activities present especially the work of visual artists from the Spis region and the wider Eastern Slovakia. But there are also many works of other notable Slovak artists.
address: Športová 1397/1It has several indoors and outdoors swimming pools, sauna, water toboggans, fitness centre, children's playground, hotels, bars, cafés and restaurants.
Poprad has good conditions for sports such as swimming, football, basketball, tennis, and skating, bowling or extreme sports. If you like cycling, Poprad and Svit are connected with bike paths. It is also very popular with roller skaters.
In the winter there is skiing or snowboarding to High Tatras, Svit – Lopušná Dolina, Kubašok – Spiššké Bystré or Poprad – Kvetnica.
- If sports are not for you there is shopping from clothes to souvenirs.
- Young people should visit the International Festival of Mountain Films and the music festival Okey Leto.
are similar to those in Europe and America though tips are slightly smaller; five percent is usually sufficient in restaurants.
Credit cards are quite commonly used in restaurants in Poprad but always ask if it's important to know before hand.
Velická izbaaddress: Velické námestie 34
address: Na letisko 72/A
address: ulica Športová 226 (pri Aqua City)Excellent traditional Slovak food in a very comfortable and friendly atmosphere.
address: ul. 1. mája 5Nice restaurant in the city center with Slovak dishes and many types of beer.
CafésDomenico is a café where you can find many cakes and coffee types. Also, they have good juices and teas.
Boarding houses are Penzión Elizabet, Penzión Sabato, Penzión Tatry, Penzión Átrium or Penzión Fortuna.
For those on a tight budget, Penzión Fantazia, or Hostel Slavia (behind Penzión Fantazia) are a good bet. Both are about 15 min walk from the bus station.
Hotels are Hotel Európa, Hotel Garni, Hotel Gerlach, Hotel Satel or Hotel Poprad.
Penzión - Koliba u Štefanaaddress: Športová 4425/4