The town of Spišká Stará Ves is situated in the middle of Zamagurie region, in the
border area between Slovakia and Poland. Zamagurie region consists of 19 areas.
The small mountain of Spišská Magura divides Zamagurie region from the rest of Slovakia.
Town part called Lysá nad Dunajcom belonged to
Červený Kláštor in the 14th century and
and became an individual village in the 19th century. It was inhabited by German
settlers and was called Golembark. At the moment, it represents an individual part of
Spišská Stará Ves.
Panorama of the town
The original name of Spišská Nová Ves is Antiqua Villa. It had a favorable position and
therefore became a popular merchant route on the way from Poland to Hungarian Empire.
Every Tuesday a small market took place in this town and inhabitants did not have to
pay any taxes or fees. In 1399 Spišská Nová Ves had a status of free town and could
export, store and import vine, beer and other beverages.
The economic growth of this town was slowed down in the 15th century. Many battles,
wars, fires, diseases and other disasters ruined this place and majority of inhabitants
moved away and found better life opportunities abroad.
Points of interest, remarkables and rarities
The major historical and religious building of Spišská Stará Ves is gothic Church of
Nanebovzdania Panny Márie. It dates from 15th century and its major altar was built in
1765. The shape of this church is similar to the shape of fortress. The christening well
made of red marble and decorated with the sculpture of St Juraj is very valuable part
of the interior. In 1878, church was destroyed by fire and rebuilt into its present
The major road across the town has always been the center of town life. The town has
grown and is now the main center of Zamagurie region.
Roman Catholic church
It has also developed good cross-border co-operation with "neighbours" in Poland.
Together they became a popular destination for tourists and visitors from both countries
and offer good standard of service in a few restaurants, hotels and guest houses.
Pieniny - the smallest national park in the Slovak Republic - stretches around Spišská
Nová Ves. It is beautiful place to come and enjoy fresh air, superb scenery and
picturesque views, do a bit of walking or mountain cycling. There are also several
historical monuments to be seen and if you want to see some typical examples of folk
architecture of eastern region, do come to Pieniny. River Dunajec is often used for
water sports and traditional sailing on flat boats called "plte". It is an ideal
place to unwind for families or older couples who like holidays in the summer or winter.
There are also good opportunities for skiing in winter.
borders with Poland