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WHERE TO STAY Hotel U Leva Namestie Majstra Pavla 25, Levoca 011-421-534-502-311 uleva.sk/en U Leva sits on the square in a modernized 14th-century burgher’s house. The small hotel has spacious rooms, great staff and an on-site restaurant. Rooms start at $60.
Penzion Cosmopolitan II Andreja Kameta 18, Banska Stiavnica 011-421-918-601-147 penzioncosmopolitan.sk Centrally located in a 16th-century building, this pension is built over a mine shaft, the entrance to which you can view right off the dining room. Rooms start at $50.
WHERE TO EAT Med Malina Hlavna 81, Kosice 011-421-556-220-397 www.medmalina.sk This cozy restaurant on Kosice’s main street serves up exceptionally delicious Central European and Polish food. Entrees start at $6.
Taj Mahal Hlavna 121/5, Kosice 011-421-944-113-048 tajmahal.sk This testament to the increasingly cosmopolitan cuisine in Kosice sits in quiet arcade off the main square and offers a nice break from Slovak standards. Entrees start at $5.
Planeta Levoca Námestie Majstra Pavla 38, 054 01 Levoca 011-421-534-512-100 planetalevoca.sk/en_uvod.html Right off the main square, this restaurant and bar has eclectic decor and a huge menu of Greek and Italian specialties, and makes for a good breakfast and lunch spot. Entrees start at $4.
Monarchia Restaurant A. Sladkovica 2, Banska Stiavnica 011-421-905-360-307 monarchia.stiavnica.sk This eatery, which serves traditional Slovak fare in a 16th-century building, is worth the uphill climb required to reach it. Entrees start at $8.
WHAT TO DO Spis Castle Spisske Pohdradie slovakia.travel/en/spissky-hrad-castle A UNESCO World Heritage site and a national icon, the ruins of this sprawling castle dominate the hills for miles around. Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in April; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. May through September; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in October; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in November. Closed December through March. Admission is $6 for adults; $3 for children.
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