Piešťany, with its 200-year-old spa tradition, is also called the cradle of world balneology. They are mainly known for their healing mud, which contains active sulfur and about twenty strains of sulfur bacteria that have not been discovered anywhere else in the world. Combined with the unique composition of thermal water and specialized procedures, it has a beneficial effect on the musculoskeletal system, nervous system and immunity. It is no wonder that Piešťany once charmed the Bulgarian Tsar Ferdinand I, the Indian Maharaja or the famous Czech painter Alfonso Mucha. He painted a four-meter long allegorical painting as a thank you for healing his daughter. It hangs in the restaurant of the Art Nouveau hotel Thermia Palace, which was the first five-star hotel in Slovakia.
Spa Piešťany | photo: SLOVAKIA TRAVEL, Martin Šopinec
Trenčianske Teplice are unmistakable not only because of their sulphurous thermal springs and healing mud. They are also famous for their historic Moorish-style hammam from 1888. It is a faithful copy of the original project developed for the summer residence of the Egyptian king Izmait. Today, its premises are used as a rest room after the most popular procedure – the Sina bath. The medicinal water here helps in the treatment and prevention of diseases of the musculoskeletal system, conditions after operations and injuries, chronic rheumatic diseases, but also gynecological and skin diseases.
Spa Trenčianske Teplice | photo: Spa Trenčianske Teplice
Turčianské Teplice in the Velké Fatra mountain range is mainly visited by patients with diseases of the musculoskeletal system, neurological, gynecological, urological diseases or problems of the digestive tract. The medicinal water there is also recommended as a supportive post-procedure after the treatment of oncological diseases. In the 15th century, even King Sigismund of Luxembourg is said to have been treated with it. According to legend, he did not take his golden crown off his head even during a bath, and it was the combination of gold and healing water that helped his miraculous recovery. On the site of the original royal spring stands the elegant five-star Royal Bath hotel with a spa, gold is still used in special rejuvenation treatments in the spa today.
You will discover an oasis of health and peace in the Low Tatras in the form of the Brusno spa, reconstructed in Roman style. The mineral springs there have a similar composition to Karlovy Vary. The bubbles from the Ondrej spring, which fills the bottles of Brusnianka, will start your metabolism. A mineral bath with eucalyptus extracts will improve blood circulation. In addition, 30 km of cycling trails await you in the valley of the Slovak Ore Mountains, which surrounds the spa.
Spa Brusno | photo: Spa Brusno
Head to Sklený Teplice in the central part of Slovakia for a unique European spa with more than 500 years of history. In a mountain valley near romantic Banská Štiavnica, you can experience a unique steam bath called “Parenica” in a naturally formed cave. The water with a temperature of 42 ⁰C comes directly from the thermal spring and is cooled only slightly to preserve the rare concentration and strength of the mineral composition. It is rich in magnesium and calcium and will literally put you on your feet. You can also relax in the thermal pool with a replica of Botticelli’s Birth of Venus overhead.
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