The ruins of Slovakia’s Spis Castle form one of the largest castle sites in central Europe. Built in the 12th century on the site of an earlier castle, the Spis Castle once stood tall above the town of Spisske Podhradie and the village of Zehra. It was completely rebuilt in the 15th century, but burned down in 1780. In the second half of the 20th century, the castle was partially reconstructed and visitors can now explore the castle’s kitchen, bedroom, washroom, armory, chapel and torture room. Also on display are archaeological findings from the Stone Age through Middle Ages, including some Roman coins. The castle’s tower is well worth a climb for the panoramic view and photo opportunities.
If you are visiting during the summer months, be sure to check out the castle’s schedule of activities as it sometimes hosts medieval festivals or night tours in the summer.
Spis Castle is about one kilometer east of Spisske Podhradie, an hour-long walk given the uphill nature of the hike. It can also be reached by car from the E50 highway on the east (Presov) side and a parking lot is located not far from the entrance. The town of Spisske Podhradie is accessible by bus from Levoca, Kosice and Presov. The castle is closed during the winter months, but is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 pm April through September. Admission for adults is 5 Euro. An audio tour is also available that delves into the stories and legends related to the castle.