Welcome to Spišské Podhradie
Slovakia's most spectacular castle has propelled the otherwise dozy village of Spišské Podhradie to tourism stardom. A former stomping ground of medieval watchmen and Renaissance nobles, Spiš Castle looms over the village from a limestone hill. Unesco designated the castle, along with architectural riches in the neighbouring town of Levoča, as a World Heritage site. Also part of this Unesco-gilded collection is 'Slovakia's Vatican', a Gothic ecclesiastical settlement west of the village.
Though the castle defines the village today, the medieval complex is long predated by a hill fort. Human bones, leather and ceramics dating to the 1st century AD have been found where the castle now stands.