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Poprád, Deutschendorf
Country  Slovakia
Region Prešov
District Poprad
Tourism region Tatry
River Poprad
Elevation 672 m (2,205 ft)
Coordinates 49°03′34″N 20°17′51″E / 49.05944°N 20.2975°E / 49.05944; 20.2975
Area 62.997 km2 (24 sq mi)
Population 55,042 (2006-12-31)
Density 874 /km2 (2,264 /sq mi)
First mentioned 1250
Mayor Anton Danko
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 058 01
Phone prefix 421-52
Car plate PP
Location in Slovakia
Location in Slovakia
Location in the Prešov Region
Location in the Prešov Region
Wikimedia Commons: Poprad
Statistics: MOŠ/MIS

Poprad (About this sound pronunciation ; Hungarian: Poprád, German: Deutschendorf) is a city in northern Slovakia at the foot of the High Tatra Mountains famous for its picturesque historic centre and as a holiday resort. It is the biggest town of the Spiš region and the tenth largest city in Slovakia with a population of approximately 55,000.

The Poprad-Tatry Airport is an international airport located just outside the city. Poprad is also the starting point of the Tatra Electric Railway (known in Slovak as Tatranská elektrická železnica) - a set of special narrow-gauge trains (trams) connecting the resorts in the High Tatras with each other and with Poprad. Main line trains link Poprad to other destinations in Slovakia and beyond; in particular, there are through trains running from Poprad to Prague in the Czech Republic.



The territory belonged to the Kingdom of Hungary as from the 10th century and originally was probably inhabited by Slavic settlers. It was colonized in the 13th century by German settlers and became the largely German inhabited town Deutschendorf meaning 'German 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.

Poprad itself, the first written reference to which dates from 1256, was for 690 years (up until 1946) just one of several neighbouring settlements, which currently make up the modern city. The other parts are of the current municipality 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.

In 1999, Poprad put in a bid to host the 2006 Winter Olympics, but lost to Turin, Italy.


Poprad lies at an altitude of 672 metres (2,205 ft) above sea level and covers an area of 63 square kilometres (24.3 sq mi).[1] It is located in north-eastern Slovakia, about 110 kilometres (68 mi) from Košice and 330 kilometres (205 mi) from Bratislava (by road).

Poprad is situated on the Poprad River in the Sub-Tatra Basin, at is a gateway to the High Tatras. Mountain ranges around the city include Levoča Hills in the east, Kozie chrbty in the south and Low Tatras in the south-west. The drainage divide between the Black Sea and Baltic Sea lies bit to the west, near the village of Štrba.



Poprad lies in the north temperate zone and has a continental climate (climate of basins) with four distinct seasons. It is characterized by a significant variation between warm summers and cold winters.

Weather data for Porpad
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 0.1
Average low °C (°F) -8.4
Precipitation mm (inches) 23
Source: World Weather[2] 2009-01-0


Poprad has a population of 55,158 (as of December 31, 2005). According to the 2001 census, 94.1% of inhabitants were Slovaks, 2.1% Roma, 1% Czechs, 0.2% Hungarians, 0.2% Germans, 0.1% Rusyns, 0.1% Ukrainians, and 0.1% Poles.[1] The religious make-up was 65.9% Roman Catholics, 16.8% people with no religious affiliation, and 7.3% Lutherans.[1]


Church in Spišská Sobota
Hockey arena of the ice hockey club HK Aquacity ŠKP Poprad

The historical centre is concentrated around the St. Egidius square (Námestie svätého Egídia), which is rimmed with burgher houses predominantly from the 18th and 19th centuries. Churches in the city include the early-Gothic Catholic Church of St. Egidius from the late 13th century.

Another historical centre near Poprad is in Spišská Sobota, which was declared in 1953 to be a Town Monument Reserve. A significant landmark there is the Church of St. George, with five late-Gothic side altars and a main altar from the workshop of Master Paul of Levoča.

Modern places of interest include a new water park called AquaCity Poprad.


Since 2003, the mayor is Anton Danko (former international ice-hockey referee).

Territorial division

The city is divided into six boroughs for the purpose of municipal administrative division:

  1. Staré Mesto ["Old Town"]
  2. Spišská Sobota
  3. Stráže
  4. Veľká
  5. Matejovce
  6. Kvetnica


The city's system of primary education consists of 12 public schools, and one religious primary school, enrolling in total 5,464 pupils.[3] Secondary education is represented by four gymnasia with 1,800 students,[4] three specialized high schools with 1,566 students,[5] and four vocational schools with 2,045 students (data as of 2007).[6]


Poprad is a gateway of the Vysoké Tatry mountain range, which is a popular tourist destination. The city lies on the main road (E 50) and railway connecting western and eastern Slovakia. Poprad-Tatry Airport offers scheduled flights to Bratislava, London Luton, Bologna, Warsaw and Basel.


St. Egidius Square

External links

Photos and videos


  1. ^ a b c "Municipal Statistics". Statistical Office of the Slovak republic. Retrieved 2007-05-03.  
  2. ^ "Weather Information for Poprad". Retrieved January 01 2009.  
  3. ^ "Prehľad základných škôl v školskom roku 2006/2007" (in Slovak) (PDF). Ústav informácií a prognóz školstva. 2006. Retrieved 2008-03-09.  
  4. ^ "Prehľad gymnázií v školskom roku 2006/2007" (in Slovak) (PDF). Ústav informácií a prognóz školstva. Retrieved 2008-03-09.  
  5. ^ "Prehľad stredných odborných škôl v školskom roku 2006/2007" (in Slovak) (PDF). Ústav informácií a prognóz školstva. Retrieved 2008-03-09.  
  6. ^ "Prehľad združených stredných škôl v školskom roku 2006/2007" (in Slovak) (PDF). Ústav informácií a prognóz školstva. Retrieved 2008-03-09.  

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Poprad is a beautiful town in Prešovský region in the 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“. Poprad is formed by six urban parts: 1. Staré Mesto, 2. Matejovce, 3. Spišská Sobota, 4. Veľká, 5. Stráže pod Tatrami, 6. Kvetnica. 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“.

Get in

If you want to visit Poprad you can get there by train, car, bus or airplane. Poprad has an international airport which is the highest placed airport in Europe. It is in the 718 m elevation above sea-level.


Historical buildings – Classic and Barocco houses, church of St. Egídia in Poprad, Renaissance houses, Burgher´s habitation and church of St. Juraj with Gothic altar from in Spišská Sobota, church of St. 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. In Podtatranske Museum Poprad 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 bouth known and unknown, Manufacture of blue-printing from Elemír Montštek´s workshop in Hranovnica and Folk plastics.


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

In the summer time tourists can visit a new water park the Aqua City Poprad where they can find relaxation, peace and fun for good price. The Aqua City Poprad has several inside and outside swimming pools, sauna, water toboggans, fitness centre, children played ground, hotels, bars, cafés and restaurants. There are everything that you and your family want for a perfect holiday. 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.

  • If sports are not for you there is shopping from clothes to souvenirs. In the winter there is skiing or snowboarding to High Tatras, Svit – Lopušná Dolina, Kubašok – Spiššké Bystré or Poprad – Kvetnica.
  • Young people should visit the International Festival of Mountain Films 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.


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.


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***. Hotels are Hotel EURÓPA, Hotel GARNI*, Hotel GERLACH**, Hotel SATEL*** or Hotel POPRAD***.

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Simple English

Poprad ( pronunciation (info • help); Hungarian: Poprád, German: Deutschendorf) is a city in northern Slovakia at the foot of the High Tatra Mountains. It is the biggest town of the Spiš region and the tenth largest city in Slovakia.

The city has an historic centre, an international airport and is the starting point of the Tatranská elektrická železnica (Tatra Electric Railway) -- a set of special narrow-gauge trains (trams) connecting the resorts in the High Tatras with each other and with Poprad. Main line trains link Poprad to other destinations in Slovakia and beyond; in particular, through trains run to Prague in the Czech Republic.



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