Unique for its German dialect
A village unique for its German dialect which is being used there even at present days. Chmeľnica is surrounded by lovely clean nature where a stone figure called „Čertova skala“ (Devil´s rock) is situated. It has a height of 12 m and is bound to a legend associated with the construction of Ľubovňa castle.
Not to forget the remarkable outlier of Ľubovňa highlands called Marmon – a steep wall made of red, tuberous, calpionella limestone which was exploited there and used as building stone, as well as marble for monuments or memorial tablets in the past. Chmeľnica nowadays has its own rhythm and lives from the heritage of their ancestors – it represents the culture of Spiš Germans not only at home, but also abroad.
What to see
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Where to sleep
What is worth visiting in Chmeľnica?
Skalná ihla (Rocky needle)
More popular under the name „Čertovu skala“ (Devil´s rock) – a stone formation with a height of 12 m bound to a legend associated with the construction of Ľubovňa castle. It is situated in the bottom land of river Poprad, about 2,5 km distant from village Chmeľnica. Since 1989 it is ranked among precious natural monuments.
Remarkable outlier of Ľubovňa highlands made of red, tuberous, calpionella limestone which was exploited here and used as building stone, as well as marble for monuments or memorial tablets in the past.
Personalities of Chmeľnica
Andrej Špes (1928 – 2006)
A native from village Chmeľnica. He worked as a high-school teacher in Prešov and contributed to the preservation of German dialect even for further generations by publishing a Slovak-German-Chmeľnica dictionary „Meine Muttersprache“ (My mother tongue). He was the first who tried to record the explicitly phonetic dialect in written form.