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Poprad

Poprad (in German: Deutschendorf) is a town in Slovakia at the foot of the High Tatra Mountains. Population: 53,000 (1991). Seat of a district (okres). The town has a historic center, an international airport and is the starting point of the Tatranská elektrická železnica (Tatra Electric Railway) -- a set of special narrow gauge trains (trams) connecting the resorts in the High Tatra with each other and with Poprad. Main line trains link Poprad to other destinations in Slovakia and beyond; in particular, through trains run to Prague in the Czech Republic.

An important note for travellers: The airport is called "Tatry-Poprad" (TAT), but the railway station "Poprad-Tatry".

Historically, the originally Slovak settlement was colonized in the 13th century by German settlers and became a largely German village (town). From 1412 to 1770, as one of the Spiš towns, Poprad was pawned by Hungary (to which Slovakia belonged between the 11th century and 1918) to Poland, meaning that Poland was partially responsible for the developments there.

See also: Slovakia, History of Slovakia


Poprad is also a name of a river in Slovakia and Poland.