Town hall in Dobšiná
Country Slovakia
Region Košice
District Rožňava
Tourism region Gemer
Elevation 468 m (1,535 ft)
Coordinates 48°49′14″N 20°21′57″E / 48.82056°N 20.36583°E / 48.82056; 20.36583
Area 82.727 km2 (32 sq mi)
Population 5,125 (31 December 2005)
Density 62 / km2 (161 / sq mi)
First mentioned 1326
Mayor Karol Horník
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 04925
Phone prefix 421-58
Car plate RV
Location of Dobšiná in Slovakia
Location of Dobšiná in Slovakia
Location of Dobšiná in the Košice Region
Location of Dobšiná in the Košice Region
Wikimedia Commons: Dobšiná
Statistics: MOŠ/MIS

Dobšiná (German: Dobschau; Hungarian: Dobsina; Latin: Dobsinium) is a town in the Slovenské rudohorie mountains (Slovak Ore Mountains) in Slovakia, on the Slaná River, north-west of Košice.



It is situated between Revúcka vrchovina and Volovské vrchy in the Carpathians, and lies to the south of the beautiful Stratená valley, watered by the river Hnilec, and enclosed on all sides by mountains. The well-known ice cave Dobšinská Ice Cave (discovered in 1870) can be found in that valley and belongs to the territory of the village.


The first written reference to the settlement occurred in 1326; the text mentions that ethnic German mining experts had settled here. It received a town charter in 1417, becoming a major town for the minority of Carpathian Germans. The town was a center of mining (gold, silver, nickel, later iron, cobalt, copper, mercury etc.) and iron processing in the past. In the vicinity are mines of various materials, some of them very ancient.


According to the 2001 census, the town had 4,896 inhabitants. 88.58% of inhabitants were Slovaks, 9.01% Roma, 0.63% Hungarians and 0.27% Czechs.[1] The religious make-up was 35.23% Roman Catholics, 33.58% people with no religious affiliation, 25.25% Lutherans and 0.47% Greek Catholics.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Municipal Statistics". Statistical Office of the Slovak republic. Archived from the original on 2008-01-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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