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Poprad is situated in the middle of Podtatranská kotlina. Its area is 63 square kilometers. It is the 10th biggest town in Slovakia and the third largest town of the Spiš region. Poprad is an important economic, tourist and cultural center of the Spiš region. The River Poprad flows through the town with its small tributary Velický Potok. 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. Poprad is called “gateway to High Tatras“.
All city parts have approximately 53 000 inhabitants. The majority of inhabitants are Slovak but the dominant positions among the ethnic minorities are held by Romas and Czechs.
The first written mention about Poprad came from 1256. Poprad was established by German incomers who named Poprad as "Popradzaza" and later changed name on “Deutschendorf“.
Direct trains from Prague, Žilina, Košice and Bratislava. Trains can be caught from Bratislava main train station (Bratislava Hlavna Stanica) approximately every one to one and a half hours. The approximate fare for this trip is €12. Local electric trains (tram like) reachs to nearby mountain resorts of Vysoké Tatry - Smokovec, Tatranska Lomnica and Stbrske Pleso.
See  (available in English) for train and bus connections.
From some towns in Czech Republic, Poland or Slovakia could be easier to catch bus than train or it adds additional connection. See  (available in English) for train and bus connections in Slovakia and countries around.
Historical buildings – Classic and Baroque houses, Renaissance houses, Burgher's habitation and church of St. John the Baptist (Ján Krstiteľ) in Stráže, church of St. Ján Evanjelista in Veľká, Renaissance bell tower from 17th century and church of St. Štefan in Matejovce, ruin of Poprad castle from 15th century in Zámčisko nad Kvetnicou.
Poprad offers a lot of pleasure activities for its tourists and citizens.
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 Poprad you can find restaurants which cook tradicional Slovak SLOVENSKÁ REŠTAURÁCIA, Italian Cafe RAZY Reštaurácia, or Country food COUNTRY Reštaurácia. If you like a pizza you can visit Pizzeria UTOPIA, Pizzeria U JOZEFA, Pizzeria PALERMO or Pizzeria ALBANO. On the squer of St. Egídius, you can visit sweetshops - DOMENICO, IZAIRI BIDAET, J a R, JUSIPI HAJDAR or RAMIDA.
Tipping customs 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.
If you want join good drink and fun you should visit GAMMA RAY PUB, SURPRISE CLUB. CafeRazy or SUBWAY. SUBWAY is perfect cocktails and karaoke bar.
Domenico is a very good café wher you can find many cakes and coffee types. Also, they have got good juices and teas.
There is a lot of different possibilities where you can lodge at from cheapest boarding-houses to expensive hotels. 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) is a good bet. Both are about 15 mins walk from the bus station.
Hotels are Hotel EURÓPA, Hotel GARNI*, Hotel GERLACH**, Hotel SATEL*** or Hotel POPRAD***.
Bus: There is only one regular bus service from Poprad to Zakopane, Poland with company called Strama. If it's not running, try to get a bus to Lysa Polana, then another bus on to Zakopane. The bus usually does not run directly to Zakopane.
Train: There are good train connections to Bratislava, or to the rest of Slovakia.
For those heading to Budapest, Hungary, you have to change trains at Kosice. You just need to buy one ticket from Poprad to Budapest, and the change-over at Kosice is included in the Poprad-Budapest ticket, so there's no need to buy two separate tickets. When heading to Budapest, the train will stop at Kosice. Get off, and walk to another platform within the same station for the train heading to Budapest.