Through the Gothic route you get to know a very rich treasure of cultural and historical
sights of Spiš and Gemer. It is the first tourist route of that kind not only on this
region, but in the whole Slovakia.
The tourist route is a circle 276 km long. You will travel on the first, second and third
class roads and local streets. It is
possible to make smaller part of the circles from any place on it. It documents the
culture of 24 villages and 9 towns.
Members of Gothic Route
Dobšinská Ľadová Jaskyňa
Kluknava (Štefánska Huta)
Mníšek nad Hnilcom
Spišská Nová Ves
From the point of view of the most important protected historical areas the route goes
- two town´s reserves: Levoča, Spišská Kapitula
- the areas with the sights entered into the List of World Cultural Heritage UNESCO the
Spiš Castle, Spišská Kapitula, Žehra
- 10 sights´ areas: Spišská Nová Ves, Spišské Podhradie, Spišské Vlachy, Gelnica,
Markušovce, Smolník, Rožňava, Lúčka, Štítnik, Jelšava.
- On the route or nearby there are 13 national cultural monuments: St. James´ Church in
Levoča, the Spiš Castle, the Church at Žehra, the Castle Krásna Hôrka, a mansion and a
historical parkland in Betliar, churches in Koceľovce, Ochtiná, Štítnik, Plešivec,
Šivetice, Rákoš, Chyžné and the original and newer building of the First Slovak
Grammar School in Revúca.
The gothic route goes through very interesting and protected nature areas. First of all
there are two large protected areas of the national parks: the Slovak paradise and
Muránska plateau. In this area there is Dobšiná Ice Cave.
In Gemer the route goes through the protected landscape, biosphere reserve Slovenský kras
and the caves and abysses, which importance and uniqueness were rewarded by the entering
the List of World Nature Heritage UNESCO (Ochtinská Aragonite Cave, Gombasek Cave, Domica).
The orientation on the route is provided by 266 information signpost. These signposts give
detailed information about the places of the cultural, historical and nature sights and
are arranged according to the map. These signpost and the Tourist Guide of the Gothic
route will contribute to better knowledge of the region Spiš and Gemer.
Ing. Miroslav Boldiš
Regionálna rozvojová agentúra
Ul. Kóšu Schoppera 22
048 01 Rožňava