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Western Slovakia Spas

Spa Piešťany
Drive an hour northeast from Bratislava to Piestany (www.piestany.net). The world famous spa town of Piešťany is situated in the northern part of the region of Dolné Považie at the foothills of the Považský Inovec Mountains. Its fame is associated with the medicinal geothermal water and medicinal sulphuric mud which have remarkable therapeutic effects on locomotor apparatus disorders and are unique not only in Europe, but worldwide too. Take a quick look at the Balneology museum (www.balneomuzeum.sk) and the centre of town. Walk through the Colonnade bridge (Kolonadny most) to the park-like Spa Island (Kupelny ostrov) and see the Art Nouveau-style Thermia Palace building.

Spa Piešťany - Thermia Palace building / © Bedrich Schraiber │Source: Slovak Tourist BoardSpa Piešťany / Source: Slovak Tourist BoardSpa Piešťany / Source: Slovak Tourist Board
Spa Trenčianske Teplice / Source: Slovak Tourist BoardSpa Trenčianske Teplice / Source: Slovak Tourist BoardBardejov / © Marek Nikolaj │Source: Slovak Tourist Board
Bardejov / © Ladislav Struhár │Source: Slovak Tourist BoardSpa Bardejovske Kupele / Source: Slovak Tourist BoardSpa Nový Smokovec / © David Michna │Source: Slovak Tourist Board
Spa Nový Smokovec / © David Michna │Source: Slovak Tourist Board

Pieštany is the largest and most successful Slovak spa specializing in the therapy of diseases of the locomotor apparatus. Hot mineral springs (67°-69°C) with the content of 1,500 mg of mineral substances per litre and sulphuric medicinal mud have stimulated the development of the spa industry here and the building of therapeutic facilities. The self-reproducing deposits of the medicinal mud as the product of the joint activity of mineral springs and river sediments from the Váh river are a remarkable phenomenon. The unique mud of Piešťany has an exceptional therapeutic effect on rheumatic disorders and some neurological disorders and it is applied in form of mud wrappings and so-called mire. Today the spa offers more than 2,400 beds in economy, standard, superior and suite categories.

Spa of Trenčianske Teplice
Drive one and half hour from Bratislava, northeast to the village of Trenčianske Teplice. Lovers of scenic should visit the spa of Trenčianske Teplice, which enjoys a wonderful setting in the Strážovské vrchy Mountains in the west of Slovakia. It is its situation amidst nature and its hot mineral springs, which won it the nickname, the ‘Pearl of the Carpathians’. The legend has that a limping shepherd discovered the spring when he was looking for a lost sheep. This story inspired the authors of the town’s coat of arms, which depicts a sheep.

The spa was founded by the Paladin Štefan Zápoľský in the 16th century. It further developed under the administration of the Illésházy noble family. The reputation of this spa derives from the five medicinal springs of hot (36 to 40 °C) sulphur water that yield in total 22 litres of water per second. Among other medicinal products is the sulphuric mud. Disorders of the locomotor apparatus and neurosis are treated here. The architecture of the Hammam bath in the Sina spa building, is lavishly ornamental and is decorated in the oriental style of a Turkish bath from the end of the 19th century.


Eastern Slovakia Spas

Bardejov
Bardejov (www.e-bardejov.sk) is another UNESCO World Heritage walled medieval town. Stroll around the beautifully preserved Old Town with its gothic-Renaissance burgher houses and the Saint Giles (sv. Egidia) church. If you love icons, don’t miss the Saris Regional Museum which has an excellent collection. Stay at the 3* Hotel Bellevue (www.bellevuebardejov.sk), just 4 km from the Old Town, and which enjoys a wonderful view. The Bardejov Spa has a long history, with records dating back to 1247and the reign of Hungarian king Béla IV. In the 15th century, the spa began to be used for regular treatment. Its good reputation reached as far as the courts of prominent European rulers. The services of this "oasis of health and relaxation" were used by many well-known historical figures, including Marie Louise, wife of French Emperor Napoleon I., Russian Tzar Alexander I., Empress Elisabeth (also known as Sissi), wife of Francis Joseph I., and other prominent European noblemen. Thanks to its location, microclimate, mineral waters and the natural scenery of the picturesque valley surrounded by woods, the spa has all the conditions to provide appropriate treatment for ailments of the respiratory system, circulation conditions, digestive tract and disorders resulting from both physical and mental fatigue.

Spa Vysoké Tatry - Nový Smokovec
The unique alpine climate of the Vysoké Tatry and its beneficial effect on the human organism was one of the main reasons to establish a climatic spa in this mountain range, particularly in the settlement Nový Smokovec. MUDr. Nikolaus Szontágh, a physician who possessed some experience from the Alps, founded the spa and opened the first sanatorium here in 1876. Nový Smokovec, a newly established settlement west of Starý Smokovec, was intended as a spa from the very beginning of its existence and it has preserved this function until today. It was opened in response to new trends in balneology in the 19th century, which promoted climatic therapy in addition to hot water or medicinal mud treatments. The dominant structure in the area became the sanatorium for TBC therapy built to the design of M. M. Harminc in 1925. Palace, another sanatorium of the same architect was added to it later. Climatic therapy and active outdoor movement of patients is the main method of treatment applied to respiratory diseases, metabolic disorders, as well as to mental diseases.

 

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