Spišská Nová Ves
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Spisska Nova Ves, once an important mediaval town, was originally named by an elongated shape resembling needle. Its economic development has been for centuries subject to enormous wealth of forests and ore deposits. Hence the town was the administrave, cultural and economic centre of the Spis region under the rule of Austrian Hungarian Empire.
Spišská Nová Ves today is a popular tourist attraction, both because of the town itself and because of the unique natural beauty of the nearby Slovak Paradise mountains. The core of the town is a lens-shaped square (a square with bulging sides), typical of medieval towns. It is a cultural, administrative and business centre of the Spiš region, and is rich in art and historical monuments.
Spisska Nova Ves lies on the main railway line of Slovakia, approximately 4 hours of Bratislava and 1 hour of Kosice. For the timetables and prices check one of the following providers: Regiojet , or Slovak Rail.
Spisska Nova Ves is accesible by local and some long distance buses, although in general for long distance it may be more convenient to travel by train. It is perfectly convenient to use buses in order to visit all the places of interest located in the region; however the bus schedule may not as frequent as one could wish for. The main bus station is located at the west part of the city, just next to the train station. The best online source to check for the current timetables (trains and buses) is www.cp.sk
Autoroute D1 runs north/east through Slovakia and there are two exits you can take for Spisska Nova Ves in Spissky Stvrtok or Levoca.
Spisska Nova Ves is small and compact town. You will find all the handy information on accomodation, activities, day trips at Tourist Information Center located right at the city center at Letna 49.
The town’s main square is among the most beautiful in Slovakia, and with its 1000 metres, it is one of the longest of its type as well. The old town is bordered by the plethora of renovated townhouses in mixed gothic to classical styles. Among them one can notably admire, the residences of Juraj and Martin Paltzman both located at Zimna Street. The Paltzman brothers were important figures in mining industry in the 18th century and Martin Paltzman acted as the city mayor. However the oldest house dates probably to the 14th century, and it is located at Letna street.
All the sights mentioned futher in this article are located at the main square.
Roman Catholic Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary with its 87-metre tower – the highest in Slovakia. The tower is open for visitors.
Art Nouveau Reduta building dating to the beginning of the 20th century which currently houses the Spis Theatre, a concert hall, restaurant and cultural centre.
The Provinčný dom (Province House), which served as the Town Hall until 1777. Currently, this building is home to the Spis Museum which offers various exhibitions.
The Town Hall building which was completed at the end of the 18th century in Classical style.
The mosaic made of natural materials by Father Kamil Dráb that is inside the Greek Catholic Church of the Transfiguration of the Lord.
The Spis Gallery that hosts interesting temporary and permanent exhibition of local and european gothic and modern art.
There are many things to do year-round.
When you want some fresh water on your body you can visit one of two swimming pools - both of them are available during summer season from 1st of June to 15th of September. You can not only swim but also play beach volleyball, mini football and basketball. The town has also indoor swimming pool and regeneration center during the Winter every day.
Horse-back riding center is placed in Agrokam. It offers the possibility to relax for all people who likes horses. There are also some instructors and lessons for small children, so they can learn how to ride a horse.
You can buy souvenirs and traditianal slovak food and products in the small shops on the main square. There are also several food stores on the Letna street. Main shopping center Madaras, with all kind of shops including sports, clothing, shoes ect, and cinema theatre is located 10 to 15 minuets walking south from the city center. Another shopping area Neo Zona just at the norhern entrance to the town.
Spišská Nová Ves has plenty of possibilities for delicious food. For an interesting fusion of euro-american cuisine head to restaurant Nostalgia with its cosy interiors and nice vine list. If you prefer tasty pizza visit Pizza Bomba and its cute terasse set in between two old mediaval townhouses. More traditional Slovak dishes are on offer at Zbrojnos restaurant and cafe located at the basement of an old townhouse. This cave like experience with a fireplace is very charming during the winter months, but it is also very cool during the hot summer days and nights. For meaty feast and pub culture visit Grill Bar. Some other options that will not be disapointing includes Venusa and Spis restaurant. And if you fancy best modern italian food prepared from the freshest ingredient you should visit Sottopasiagio with its seasonal menu and very stylish decor.
Spišská Nová Ves is famous for its beautiful nature. As the center of Spiš Region offers the possibilities to visit a lot of historical sights in nearby towns, for example: historical Levoča, Spiš Castle, Spišský Štvrok and more. Do not miss villages Hnilec, Mlynky and Dedinky that are situated in nature. Smižany is considered to be the largest village of Slovakia.