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Spišský Castle

Walk or drive up a hill to reach this imposing medieval fortress, one of the most photographed landmarks in Slovakia.

Spišský Castle is one of the biggest castles in central Europe and an important historical site in Slovakia. The formidable structure impresses with its size and scenic hilltop location. Climb the hill upon which it sits and marvel at the scale of this famous monument.

Construction of the castle started in the first half of the 12th century and continued through several phases during subsequent years. Many parts of this fortified complex are in a good state of preservation despite the ravages of time and extensive fire damage toward the end of the 18th century.

The walk up to the castle entrance from the town below takes about an hour and passes through scenic countryside. It brings you to an elevation of about 2,080 feet (634 meters) above sea level. You can also drive up to the castle. Before touring the old ruins, enjoy the views of Spišské Podhradie and the surrounding plains.

Wander around the expansive Gothic and Romanesque site, which covers 10 acres (4 hectares). Explore the upper part of the castle to see its oldest elements, including a well and walls dating back to the Middle Ages.

Stroll through the courtyards then investigate some of the castle’s rooms. Visit the small chapel with its simple altar and statues adorning the stone walls. See the castle kitchen, which is furnished to look how it would have done centuries ago. Stop by one of the old bedrooms.

Among the other must-see sights are a 13th-century tower and a three-story palace, which was rebuilt in the 15th and 16th centuries.

Learn about the history of the fortification and the surrounding region by browsing the exhibitions of the castle’s Spišské Museum. The collections include weapons and armor, while informative displays provide context.

Spišský Castle is located above the town of Spišské Podhradie. If you decide to drive up the hill, there is on-site parking available for a fee. The castle is open daily between October and April and there is an admission fee.


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Nam. Majstra Pavla 25, Levoca
4.7
of 5, from 7 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Levoca, this hotel is steps from Levoca Old Town Hall, Slovak National Museum, and St. James Church. Spissky Castle is 11 mi (17.6 km) away.

$39
Barbakan Hotel

Barbakan Hotel

Košická 15, Levoca
3.4
of 5, from 16 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Levoca, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. James Church, Levoca Old Town Hall, and Slovak National Museum. Spissky Castle is 10.7 mi (17.3 km) away.

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Stela Hotel

Stela Hotel

Námestie Majstra Pavla 55, Levoca
4.1
of 5, from 10 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Levoca hotel is located in the historical district, within a 5-minute walk of St. James Church, Slovak National Museum, and Levoca Old Town Hall. Spissky Castle is 11 mi (17.8 km) away.

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Arkada Hotel

Arkada Hotel

Námestie Majstra Pavla 26, Levoca
4.6
of 5, from 9 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Levoca, this hotel is steps from Levoca Old Town Hall, Slovak National Museum, and St. James Church. Spissky Castle is 11 mi (17.7 km) away.

Penzion Kiska Levoča

Penzion Kiska Levoča

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4.8
of 5, from 4 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the historical district, this pension is within a 10-minute walk of St. James Church, Levoca Old Town Hall, and Slovak National Museum. Spissky Castle is 10.7 mi (17.3 km) away.

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Boutique hotel Pracháreň

Boutique hotel Pracháreň

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5.0
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4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Levoca, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. James Church, Levoca Old Town Hall, and Slovak National Museum. Spissky Castle is 11 mi (17.8 km) away.

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0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Spisska Nova Ves, this vacation home is within 16 mi (25 km) of St. James Church, Levoca Old Town Hall, and Slovak National Museum. Poprad Ice Stadium and AquaCity Poprad are also within 20 mi (32 km).

Hotel Cingov

Hotel Cingov

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3.5
of 5, from 2 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in a national park, this family-friendly hotel is within 16 mi (25 km) of St. James Church, Levoca Old Town Hall, and Slovak National Museum. AquaCity Poprad and Wild Park are also within 20 mi (32 km).