|Traditional region||Upper Carniola|
|Statistical region||Central Slovenia|
|• Total||7.82 km2 (3.02 sq mi)|
|Elevation||507.7 m (1,665.7 ft)|
The settlement is located in the Tuhinj Valley, on the road from Kamnik to Celje. It includes the hamlets of Jastroblje, Nova Reber (in older sources also Novo Rebro, German: Neureber), Dolina, Bukovšek, Zobava, Kisovšek, Podlipovec, Strmšek, Pustotnik, and Petrživec.
The name of the village derives from German Spital 'hospice'. Next to the church can be seen the ruins of what was the Špitalič (Neuthal) Mansion, burned by the Yugoslav Partisans in January 1945. Part of the Carniolan estates held by the Counts of Andechs, the structure was originally a hospice offering shelter to the many travelers passing through the valley. It was built by the Andechs margrave Henry II of Istria about 1228, passing to Viktring Abbey circa 1251. It was sold and converted into a mansion in 1608 and subsequently rebuilt a number of times before its destruction.
- Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia
- Leksikon občin kraljestev in dežel zastopanih v državnem zboru, vol. 6: Kranjsko. 1906. Vienna: C. Kr. Dvorna in Državna Tiskarna, p. 30.
- Savnik, Roman, ed. 1971. Krajevni leksikon Slovenije, vol. 2. Ljubljana: Državna založba Slovenije. p. 197.
- Slovenian Tourist Board site