Lovely main square, close to Slovensky Raj & Spisske Hrad
Not much nightlife...
for a vacation from your vacation, not a bad choice...
From the 16th century to the end of 1922, Levoca was the seat of the Spis Province. Between 1806 - 1826, was built a new classicistic administration building, the Large Provincial House, as the seat of the town's administration. Today, it is reconstructed and it is a seat of the administration.more
Levoca's most famous patron is of course the gothic sculptor, Master Pavol. In the actual house where Master Pavol worked, there is today a museum in his honor (this is a white and gray/blue house on my photo). The foundations of the building were laid in the 14th century. According to archive sources the first important owner of the house was...more
The Spis Museum is located at the Namestie Majstra Pavla (main square) in an original burgess house from the 14th century that was rebuilt into a sumptuous palace with a renaissance stone portal. In the 17th century, the house was owned by Levoca chronicler, and later on, a protestant lyceum was established in the building. The exhibition presents...more
The Thurzos, an aristocratic family coming from Austria settled in Levoca in the 14th century, and many descendants achieved high rank in the royal administration and in the church. Besides, Thurzo was one of the richest families in the medieval Hungarian Kingdom thanks mainly to possession of copper mines. There are many castles, manors and houses...more
The cage of Shame comes from the 16th century and it was used for punishing for minor delinquencies and,as i heard, "naughty women". Its original place was where the Protestant church is situated now. Later it was transfered in private park of Probstner family. The Cage was given to the town by the Probstner family in 1933 and since then, it has...more
In 17th century Levoca was a centre of the Protestant Reformation in Slovakia so there is also Protestant church on the main square. This is a Greek-cross shaped building with a huge dome. It was built in classicistic style between 1825 -1837. Exterior, as well as interior of this church is very simple and without much decoration. There is a...more
The Town Hall is one very beautifull and interesting renaissance building. It was built in the gothic style in the 15th century, and it was rebuilt, after fire, in the renaissance style at the beginning of the 17th century. In 1615 the Town Hall was enlarged and the southern part, as well as the archways on the first and second floors, were added....more
Roman Catholic church of St. Jacob is one of the most important churches in Slovakia. This gothic church is also the National Cultural Monument. It has late gothic interior with several fresco paintings from the late 14th century. The most unique is primarily the main altar, that is 18.6 m high and 6 m wide, and is from the beginning of the 16th...more
Namestie Majstra Pavla (Main Square) is very impressive. It contains a great mix of buildings such as the Town Hall, the Church of St. James and many old Renaissance style houses. It's more of a rectangle than a square with a large park area at the northern end, the church in the middle and the town hall below. Our hotel was very close to the...more
We stayed two nights in Hotel U Leva on the square.The staff is very helpful, and the resturant...more
Nam Majetre Parla 26, Levoca, Slovakia (Slovak Rep
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Nam Mastjtra Paula 55, Levoca, Slovakia (Slovak Re
Good for: Families
A pretty place in the centre of Levoca. On a hot summer day you can also enjoy grill food in the garden at the backside. Friendly staff, many local visitors as well as foreign tourist. We had several meals at this place. Steak and pasta were excellent and so are beer and red wine !more
This restaurant is situated in a histoorical building just outside the square. So leave the square and enjoy your meal at U Janusa. When the weahter is fine you can also eat in the beautiful garden.There si also a hostel where you can sleep. We had several dinners during our stay in Levoca, they were all excellent. Highly recommended !!!more
I was suckered into this hotel restaurant by the enticing menu posted out in front of the hotel..I had my suspicions but went a head anyway because the steak menu looked good... supposedly imported beef from Argentina.... While they had great pictures of new York strip steak and rib eyes these are not actually served.. Even though I asked several...more
Hotel Barbakan has a nice, good-value restaurant offering typical Slovakian dishes. Our meal here was one of the nicest of the trip, and the only drawback of this restaurant was it was empty (other than us) by 8.30. A huge tour group had been in from 7 to 8 so we had to wait for them to finsih and by the time they had gone we were the only guests...more
Aftger five days eating days eating Polish and Slovak food we needed a change, so, after arriving in Levoca, we had a choice of restaurants, both rather unimaginatively named - Vegetarian and Pizzeria. We chose Pizzeria and for 130 Sk I got a Hawaii while Ruth had a Diavalo pizza for 159. The menu inside was all in Slovak while the only English...more
After finally returning from 11 hours hiking in Slovensky Raj, we were exhausted and ready to sleep. We went straight to our hotel, fired on some clean clothes and made the effort to walk to the restaurant. It would have been so much easier to eat in our hotel but we were determined to try somewhere new and, more importantly, this restaurnat had...more
Restauracia Slovenka is not only a restaurant, it's also a great pub to be. Many times a blind guy is playing harmonica. In don't really like his music but many peole do. However: Fridaynight is is real fun. Then a Slovakian folk band is playing very pretty music, visitors (even we from Holland) go dancing.And when the weather is fine, the terrace...more
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Levoca's bus and train station are about 1.5km south of the town. We used buses for all our trips to and from Levoca. The tourist office has bus timetables to popular places such as Spisska Nova Ves and Spisske Podhradie (for Spis Castle) but in some cases the times they gave were different to the times down at the station, which, once or twice, were different from the times when the buses eventually left.
Before visiting Levoca we were in Tatranska Lominca, in the High Tatras, and we took a direct bus from here to Levoca, a journey of 1 hr 20 minutes.
There is a large supermarket, Billa, beside the bus station. I tried shopping there twice but the queues were so long I had to drop what I was buying and run for our bus which was about to leave.
There is also a train station in Levoca and we planned to catch a train to Spisska Nova Ves on our last day as we were getting another train from there to Trnava. However, then we got to the train station we found it rather empty and abandoned. The building was locked, there was no one around, apart from two drunks asleep on the platform, and there was little indication that there would be a train that day, if ever. So we went by bus instead.
The whole area around the bus station and train station is a little depressing and in complete contrast to the town itself. There is another bus stop nearer the town, at Stefana Kluberta Square, just outside the town gate at Kosicka in the north-east of the town. All buses going east pass this way so it's much more useful than the main bus station.
Levoca is a small place and there are not too many places to shop for food. There is a big Billa supermarket at the bus station but this is about 1km south-east of the town. There is also a small shop on the south side of the main square which opens fairly late and sells a small amount of goods - water, chocolate, beer, alcohol, etc.
Slovakia biggest minority group is the Roma people and the largest numbers of Roma we saw were in Eastern Slovakia, especially around Levoca and Spisska Podhradie. I've read that there are occasional problems between the Roma and Slovaks, but none of this was apparent to us. The Roma way of life is similar to that of the Travelling Community in Ireland but I think the Roma are more prominent to visitors in Slovakia than the travelling community are in Ireland.
In 1473, Zapolsky's Chapel was built to the church. It is one of the highlights of Gothic architecture in Slovakia. Originally it was intended as the funeral chapel of the Zapolsky family. It has winding stairs with the upper part. An underground passageway connects the chapel with the convent. In the upper part, a suspension choir with railing...more
Spissky Stvrtok is an small village on the important crossroad in the region. Main attraction of the village is an beautifull church on the top of the small hill. The oldest enduring written mention of the village is from 1263. It is mentioned under the names Stwertek, Čtwrtek and later Štvrtok (Thursday), in accordance with the market...more
This magnificant castle, one of the largest in central Europe, truly looks like something out of a gothic horror film. It stands on a rocky outcrop above the town of Spisske Podhradie.The castle is about a 2km walk up the hill from the town of Spisske Podhradie. Coming here from Levoca, catch the bus from namestie Stefana Kluberta.I'd recommend...more
Spis Castle is one of the highlights of Slovakia. It overlooks the town of Spisske Podhradie, which is 15 km east of Levoca. We took the bus from Levoca and as we approached the town we had a grea tview of the castle. It looks stunning on its hilltop location. From the castle there is a lovely view of the surrounding countryside and you can see all...more
Slovensky Raj (Slovakia Paradise) is a national park near Levoca. We spent a day hiking through the park, doing a loop from Cingov on the park's eastern edge. It was quite an exhausting day as we hiked for 9 hours, with only 2 small stops. When we got back to Cingov we had issed the last bus so we had a further hour-and-a-half hike to the nearest...more