Poprad, Slovakia is the administrative, cultural and economic center of the Tatras region. This city dates back to the 13th century. It has grown and flourished due to the rise of tourism in the nearby High Tatra Mountains. The Poprad River flows through the city. Here you’ll find a mild climate which is influenced by the High and Low Tatras. Winters here are long and cold and the summers short and warm. Poprad is known as the “gateway to High Tatras”.
One of the popular places to visit in Poprad is the historical center that is concentrated around Namestie St. Egidia, a spindle-shaped square. The square is lined by a row of Baroque and Classicist burgher houses dating from the 18th and 19th centuries. Of interest is the Early Gothic Roman Catholic Church of St. Egidius. Next to the church is the Renaissance bell tower built in 1592 with three original bells. To learn more about this region visit the Podtatranske Museum. The Tatra Gallery offers works of art by leading Slovak and foreign painters, sculptors and designers. The museum also organizes challenging projects and contemporary art presentations.
People visiting this area also take the time to see the High Tatras National Park located just north of Poprad. The park gives access to the small Alpine mountains in the summer and in the winter there are various ski centers to choose from.
The latest attraction for tourists to Poprad is the water park Aqua City Poprad which features different inside and outside swimming pools, a sauna, water toboggans, a fitness center, a children’s play ground and various cafes, restaurants and bars to choose from.
For both adults and children there is Treasure Island in the aqua park where children can swim in a pool with salt water. The pool was built to look like an exotic bay and includes a shipwreck with slides and other water slides. There is a lounging terrace and other attractions. Children get to see characters in costumes, guest turtles and the fish Nemo. The mascot of Treasure Island is an iguana from Galapagos.
The city of Poprad also offers its visitors a chance to participate in sports like football, basketball, tennis, skating, swimming, bowling and extreme sports. There are also many bike paths for those who love to cycle. There are also places for roller skating. In the winter people snowboard and ski.
Two popular festivals are the International Festival of Mountain Films and Okey Leto Music Festival