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Poprad is a beautiful town in the Prešovský region of Eastern Slovakia.
Stráže pod Tatrami
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.
Airport Poprad-Tatry (TAT) is the highest placed airport in Europe. It is 718 m above sea-level.
There are two scheduled airlines: - Air Baltic operates flights from Riga in winter season - WizzAir flies to London Luton Airport 4 times a week throughout the year.
The airport serves schedule and charter airline operations, is a base for search and rescue air services, and handles general aviation. It does not offer any domestic flights currently. Charter flights are mainly operated in winter to destinations in Ukraine and Russia. Medical flights, VIP flights, ad hoc charters and ACMI flight also operate from the airport.
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. Local electric trains (tram like) reach to nearby mountain resorts of Vysoké Tatry - Smokovec, Tatranska Lomnica and Stbrske Pleso.
A really cheap way of getting to Poprad from Prague is with RegioJet trains. You can choose either the night connection, which arrives in Poprad early morning, or the train during the day. Onboard it is possible to buy very cheap food and beverages, including beer which will be brought to your RegioJet also has good connections to Bratislava.
Taxis are an inexpensive and easy way to get around town. Shops and hotels will call a taxi for you, and there are taxi stands in central locations and near shopping malls, etc.
Walking from the city center to any other district wil not take more then 20 minutes.
What to see
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. Egidius, St. Egidius square. Early-Gothic from the late 13th century. Interesting wall paintings (like the oldest High Tatras panorama).
Podtatranské museum Poprad 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.
What to do
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.
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 or Italian dishes. On the square of St. Egídius, you can find lot of cafes and sweetshops.
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.