Levoca Travel Guide

  • Levoca
    Levoca
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  • Levoca
    Levoca
    by balhannah
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    Spiský hrad
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Levoca Highlights

  • Pro
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     Lovely main square, close to Slovensky Raj & Spisske Hrad 

  • Con
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     Not much nightlife... 

  • In a nutshell
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     for a vacation from your vacation, not a bad choice... 

Levoca Things to Do

  • ST. JAMES CHURCH

    Or.....St. Jacob ChurchWhich-ever, this UNESCO LISTED Roman Catholic church is one of the most important sacral buildings in Slovakia. Its wooden main altar is the tallest of its kind in the world.I had the misfortune of arriving a fraction too late to see the inside. This is what you need to remember - THE DOORS OF CLOSE AT 4PM - QUITE EARLY.Well,...

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  • MASTER PAUL'S SQUARE

    The square is an oblong square, located in the middle of the historical centre of Levoca. It is a wonderful square to wander around. I didn't count, but there are meant to be 60 burghers' houses built in Renaissance style of the 14th and 15th centuries surrounding the square. These houses are seen as showing how rich this town was in the Middle...

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  • THE LARGE PROVINCIAL HOUSE

    The large Provincial House was built between 1806 - 1826 by a Hungarian architect from Eger. The Classicist style was changed a little to Renaissance to blend in with the rest of Levoca's Renaissance buildings.The House is considered the most beautiful Provincial House in the former Kingdom of Hungary. [Slovakia] and is the seat of the town's...

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  • MASTER PAUL'S HOUSE

    Master Paul's House is at no 20 in Master Paul's Square.So, who was this man who had the town square named after him?He was one of the best medieval sculptors and carvers of the time. It was he, who carved the main Altar of St. Jacob's church as well as many other important pieces of artistic works.The house is where he lived and now has been...

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  • THURZO HOUSE

    Thurzo House @ No. 7 on the square, is one out of approx. 60 historic Burgher houses from the 14th & 15th centuries that are still standing and are located around Master Paul's Square. This is one of the more famous ones as it still has a Renaissance attic and a beautiful façade. The facade of Thurzo house is richly decorated with sgrafitto from...

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  • PROTESTANT CHURCH

    A Greek-cross-shaped building with a huge dome turned out to be the Protestant church, not the religion I was expecting! It was built in Classicist style between 1825 -1837. All I can tell you that if you can go inside, there is a large altar picture of Christ walking on the sea by a famous Levoca artist.

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  • TOWN GATES

    The town fortifications originally had three town gates, Menhard, Kosice and Polish Gates Now, only two remain and they are Menhard and Kosice Gates.Kosice gate, is the main gate that leads into the historic centre of Levoca and was the one we passed through in our car. It sounds like Kosice gate may once had a drawbridge extending over a moat, or...

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  • TOWN FORTIFICATIONS

    City-walls once surrounded Levoca and still fairly well is today. Originally the walls were 2.5kms long and had fifteen bastions and towers, now only six bastions stand. Construction of this fortification began in the 13th century, since then, further rebuilding has actually changed it from how it was. In the 18th century, the ramparts were made of...

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  • CAGE OF DISGRACE

    This wrought iron cage can be found on the south wall of the Old Town Hall.The Cage dates back to the 16th century when it was used for punishing women and minor delinquents who had committed minor crimes. They were locked in the cage and left on display for all the townsfolk to see!Did they have rotten fruit and allsorts hurled at them? I have no...

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  • THE OLD TOWN HALL

    As with many buildings in Slovakia, the Old Town Hall was originally built in Gothic style, but when rebuilt after fire destroyed the original in the 15th century, it was made into a rather strong looking Renaissance building. This Town Hall is from 1615, so is still very old! I think the building is quite impressive looking, especially with the...

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  • Gates and walls

    The original town walls from the 14th and 15th century still remained preserved around the town center and they are about 2 km long. Several towers, bastions, and two town gates have been reconstructed. Main gate is Kosice Gate (one from my photo).

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  • Church of the Holy Spirit

    In vicinity of Kosice Gate (on the left side) is ornate baroque Church of the Holy Spirit and the New Minorite Monastery built in 1750. Interior of the church is richly decorated and typicly baroque. facade is baroque also but more elegant.

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Levoca Hotels

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  • Hotel U Leva

    We stayed two nights in Hotel U Leva on the square.The staff is very helpful, and the resturant...

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  • Arkada

    Nam Majetre Parla 26, Levoca, Slovakia (Slovak Rep

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Satel

    Nam Mastjtra Paula 55, Levoca, Slovakia (Slovak Re

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

Levoca Restaurants

  • Pretty place at the square

    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 !

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  • Levoca's best restaurant

    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 !!!

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  • Barbakan

    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...

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  • Restaurant in Hotel Barbakan

    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...

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  • Pizzeria

    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...

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  • Restaurant U Troch Apostolov

    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...

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Levoca Nightlife

  • Slovakian folk music

    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...

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  • Almost nonexistent

    There seems to be, at least in May, 2008, only 2 places still open after midnight in Levoca: the Big Bar and the Admiral, both on the main square. Don't expect anything spectacular, apart from 2 billiard tables at the Admiral, but at least they are open.

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Levoca Transportation

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    by barryg23 Written Sep 10, 2006

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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.

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Levoca Shopping

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    by barryg23 Updated Sep 15, 2006

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    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.

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Levoca Local Customs

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    by barryg23 Updated Sep 15, 2006

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    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.

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Levoca Off The Beaten Path

  • UNESCO LISTED SPISKY HRAD

    In the car and heading towards Kosice we see some ruins of quite a big Castle! The closer we get, the larger the ruins become. We find out this is Spišský hrad, one of the largest castle sites in Central Europe and that its UNESCO listed - we had better go for a look.Disappointment - The Castle closes at 4pm in April.Let me tell you a little about...

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  • BASILICA OF THE VISITATION OF THE VIRGIN...

    This was another sight we saw from Levoca, a church on Marian Hill - the Basilica of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary. This is one of the oldest and most important pilgrimage sites in Slovakia.Of course I wanted to find our way to it, not too hard at all with our car. We followed the road until we could go no further and parked in a car park near...

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  • Spissky Stvrtok-Zapolsky's Chapel

    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...

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Levoca Favorites

  • Spis Castle

    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...

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  • Slovensky Raj

    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...

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Spissky Stvrtok-St. Ladislav's Church
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The Large Provincial House
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Master Pavol of Levoca Museum
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Spis Museum
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Thurzo's House
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The Cage of Shame
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Protestant church
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The Town Hall
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St. Jacob’s church
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Levoca's Main Square
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Thurzov Dom & other mansions
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The Marianske Pilgrimage
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Church of St. James
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