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Poprad [3] is a beautiful town in the Prešovský region of Eastern Slovakia.



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.


Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily highs (°C) 7 11 14 20 22 25 31 31 28 25 15 10
Nightly lows (°C) -22 -17 -14 -4 5 6 8 5 1 -5 -11 -10
Precipitation (mm) 22 26 28 42 73 91 68 68 49 38 45 29

Source: The Slovak Hydrometeorological Institute [4].


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“.

Get in

By plane

Airport Poprad-Tatry (IATA: TAT) [5] is the highest placed airport in Europe. It is 718 m above sea-level.

There are two airlines and Czech Airlines flying regularly from Gdańsk, Warsaw and Prague only on Thursday, Friday and Sunday.

By train

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.

See [6] (available in English) for train and bus connections.

By bus

From some towns in Czech Republic, Poland or Slovakia could be easier to catch bus than train or it adds additional connection. See [7] (available in English) for train and bus connections in Slovakia and countries around.

  • Bratislava: there is regular bus connection by lot of bus companies.
  • Košice: there is regular bus connection by lot of bus companies.
  • Banská Bystrica
  • Žilina: there is regular bus connection by lot of bus companies, at least once every hour during the day, it takes around 2 hours, tickets cost around €7.
  • Zakopane: bus company Strama is going from the Zakopane to Poprad with few stops in Vysoké Tatry, ticket cost €5,50 one way [8]. 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; unfortunately 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 are also going, so ask them 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).

Get 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.

  • Church of St. Egidius, St. Egidius square. Early-Gothic from the late 13th century. Interesting wall paintings (like the oldest High Tatras panorama).
  • church of St. George (''Juraj''), Spišská Sobota. There is an interesting Gothic altar by Master Paul of Levoča.
  • Podtatranské museum Poprad, Vajanského 72/4, [1]. Mondays closed. you 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. €2, reduced 1.


Poprad offers a lot of pleasure activities for its tourists and citizens.

  • Aqua City Poprad Aqua City Poprad has several inside and outside swimming pools, sauna, water toboggans, fitness centre, children played ground, hotels, bars, cafés and restaurants. [9]

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.

  • Young people should visit the International Festival of Mountain Films [10] and the music festival Okey Leto.



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.


  • Velická izba, Velické námestie 34. 11am - 10pm.
  • Penzión TATRY, Na letisko 72/A, [2].



Ice cream


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***.

  • Stay Safe.


  • Penzión - Koliba u Štefana, Športová 4425/4. from 20 EUR.


  • Pension Aqualand. from 40 EUR.
  • Hotel Satel, Mnohelova 825. from 70 EUR.


  • Hotel Mountain View, Sportova 1397/1. from 120 EUR.

Get out

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.

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