The capital of the Southern Spiš is Spišská Nová Ves, a distict city with the population of 36 500 spreading over the Hornád River basin. You can find many unique places and the best of Slovakia there. If you are the history lover, don’t miss a beautiful historic city square with the highest church tower. Your kids will surely love the city ZOO, that is the smallest one in Slovakia and don’t forget to check Monkeyland, the safest rope park in Slovakia, once you get here. The culture lovers are invited to visit the Spiš museum, the Spiš Gallery of artists, Spiš theatre located in a secession building of Reduta. If you visit this region in summer, you can refresh yourselves in the local swimming pool resort. The city is also known as the gateway to the Slovak Paradise as it is a perfect place to sleep over, eat and try different kinds of sport activities and relaxation once you decide for a trip to the National Park. More informative can be found at www.spiskanovaves.sk, search for the visitors’ section at www.navstevnik.spiskonovave.eu.
The tallest tower with the biggest amount of clock dials- The church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary in Spišská Nová Ves
If you want to see the church with the highest tower in Slovakia, you need to visit Spišská Nová Ves. The 87-meter high Roman-Catholic church tower dominates the centre of the city in Southern Spiš.
There is a permanent photo exposition of the city history inside the tower as well as a unique clock system that runs 7 tower clock dials and the tallest bell tower in Spiš with 5 historical bells.
The panoramic view over the Southern Spiš is breath-taking. You can get it if you get at the top of the tower with 155 steps.
You need to arrange the tower visit in advance in TIC SNV, phone number: +421 534298293.
Times of the ascents to the church tower
1st May to 30rd September:
Monday to Friday: 10:00, 11:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00
Saturday: 10:00, 12:00
Sunday: 15:00, 17:00
During bank holidays and non-working days (1st May., 8th May., 5th July., 29.th August, 1st September and 15th September) just on 15:00 a .17:00.
1st October to 30th November / 1st March to 30th April
Monday to Friday: 10:00, 11:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00
1.st December to 28th Feburary:
Monday to Friday: 11:00, 13:00, 15:00
Saturday and Sunday: just on order for bigger groups. It is neccessary to order and pay for the ascent in the Tourist Information Office in advance.
Number of the persons per one ascent: 2 in minimum, 20 in maximum
Fee for the ascent:
Adults: 2 €
Students and retired: 1,50 €
Children to the age of 15: 1 €
Spiš Museum – Spišská Nová Ves
Do you want to get to know the nature, culture and history of the Spiš region? Come and visit the “Provincial house” which used to be a city hall in the medieval times and later on the settlement of Province of 14 Spiš towns. Museum expositions provide an authentic view of the region, natural beauties as well as the lives of their inhabitants then and now. GPS coordinates: 48°56’40.2″N 20°34’06.1″E. For more information go to www.muzeumspisa.sk.
Rope Park Monkeyland – Spišská Nová Ves
You can find Slovak the safest rope park Monkeyland in Spišská Nová Ves, right next to the ZOO. The safety system is so safe, that it’s impossible to fall off and get injured. You can choose from 4 different routes with different levels of difficulty. One of them is the kids’ one and it is 500 metres long with 37 obstacles attached to trees, 3-4 meters above the ground.
Spišská Nová Vec, Sadová ulica, Tepličská cesta
Kids’ route: 3,50€/30 min
Adults’ route: 7€/60 min
Operating hours: June- September: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm daily
April/May/October: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm Saturday/Sunday
Book your time online directly on the webpage www.monkeyland.sk
Kids’ indoor playground Alex Park Spišská Nová Ves
Alex Park is one of the biggest indoor playgrounds in Slovakia close to the city centre of Spišská Nová Ves. There are more than 50 attractions spreading over the area of 1200 m²: water slides, trampolines, slides, motor-racing circuits for children and much more for your kids. While they are enjoying the playground supervised by animators, take a rest with the delicious cup of good coffee, Belgian chocolate and delicious meals. More information is available on the webpage www.alexpark.sk. GPS coordinates: 48°56’18.1″N 20°34’15.9″E.
Compact skydive – “Sky rent”
Are you a fan of extreme sports? Do you want to try tandem skydiving from 4 000 meters altitude? If your answers are yes, you should definitely head to the “Sky rental” at the Spišská Nová Ves airport. You can get a beautiful view over the Southern Spiš from the plane. There is an option to jump off the plane on your own from 1 200 metres. If you are too scared of jumping off the plane, you can book a sightseeing flight too. More info on the webpage www.compact.sk