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“Take a camera!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Spis Castle (Spissky Hrad)

Spis Castle (Spissky Hrad)
Nam Majstra Pavla c 40, Levoca 05304, Slovakia
421 053 4541336
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Ranked #1 of 5 Attractions in Levoca
Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: This imposing 12th-century fortress was one of the few castles that resisted the Mongol attacks of 1241, gradually enlarged over the centuries and destroyed by fire in 1780.
Dortmund, Germany
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“Take a camera!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

We spent almost a whole day at Spis castle...when the 90-minute audio guide rental had elapsed, we went for a delicious and inexpensive Klobasa (sausage) on the castle court and then walked the outer wall, which is definitely worth the while. Each nook and cranny of the vast grounds makes for great photos, so don't forget to take a camera! From the castle donjon or the large top-floor window facing westwards, the view of the surrounding area is breathtaking!
Visitors need to be relatively fit, though - the hill needs to be tackled first and the paths inside the grounds are sloped and rather rocky as well, in some parts.
Spis castle was among the most professional attractions we visited in Slovakia: well-organised, multilingual personnel and good infrastructure - something we know now is not to be taken for granted.

Visited June 2012
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“A mighty fortress & a stronghold”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

Spis Castle is a forbidding ruin on a high hill dominating the plain of east Slovakia. Said to be the largest fortress complex in central Europe. It covers 10 acres & , in the 17th C, it had c.2000 inhabitants
For full details see pages 338-339 of DK EyeWitness Travel Guide to the Czech & Slovak Republic.

We had a memorable visit on a day in late June - cold, wind, darkening & threatening skies & spitting with rain - a true, authentic experience if you want to know how grim life would have been in the Middle Ages.
There is a steep climb up from the car park, a challenging walk up slippery stones, through many gates till you reach the top.& see why such a commanding hill top was selected in the 11th C & retained its dominance fro many centuries.
Not much is "under cover" but the small museum in the renovated armoury tells the history of the castle in well chosen objects.
It deswerves its palce as one of teh most visited sites in Slovakia - you need a car to reach it - also some good Slovak restaurants nearby.

Visited June 2012
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“Not to be missed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2012

If you are staying in Levoca catch a local bus to Spissky Hrad and walk up the hill to the castle.. a mind blowing huge affair. There are some wonderful trails leading off through fields and woods that are fun too.. One will lead you to a Roma ( gypsy) ghetto in the middle of nowhere... Third world like it is horrifying to imagine these conditions still exist in Europe!..The castle however , is a real gem...like something out of Tolkien...

Visited June 2012
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Frýdek-Místek, Moravskoslezsky Kraj, Czech Republic
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“Nice old castle ruin”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2012

This castle (or better good conserved ruid) is very big. Spis castle was one of the biggest castles around. Inside left only few from original furniture or weapons, so not expect typical "museum castle". But sometimes there are good shows for turists and you can walk around romantic castle walls and look surroundings.
One advice - you can go there from parking under castle, but it is really long walking to the hill. And when you in the end are on the top, you will see... that there is possible to go by car from other side :)))

Visited August 2011
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Mengusovce, Slovakia
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“Spis Castle”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2012

Spis Castle is well worth visiting, especially if you can make one of their special days when they have knights fighting, pottery wheels, medieval cooking and archery.
The castle itself is pretty big, the walk up from the car park gives you a good idea what a good defensive position is it in. The tickets are reasonable, especially the family tickets.
The refreshments are fairly basic and a queue often forms during peak times but the toilets are clean although also prone to queues.
There is a great view from the central tower, although expect some difficulties negotiating the narrow stairs up and down as people come in the opposite direction. The tower occasionally suffers from insects using it as a breeding ground, so the top often has a 'crunchy' floor. Be warned if such things upset you.

The inside of the castle has some exhibits and doesn't take too long to look around. Because of the thick stone walls, it is cold all year round in there, so good to cool off but don't get too cold before stepping outside into the sun.

Visited August 2011
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