Slovakia is a country blessed with underground wealth that has healing power and beneficial effects on the human body and rushes to the surface from mineral springs. Thanks to the power to heal illness and revive health, they have been considered a miraculous and remarkable phenomenon since time immemorial.
Therapeutic baths in Slovakia are among the oldest and best quality in Central Europe. Probably the most famous spa resort in our country are Piešťany, which is famous not only for its unique thermal mineral waters, but also for its therapeutic sulfuric mud.
It is interesting that if all the mineral water in Slovakia were filled with bottles, we would be able to supply the whole of Europe. It is a Slovak underground treasure, which has a huge use in some spa.
The world famous spa town Piešťany is located at the foot of the mountains Považský Inovec. Mud and thermal mineral water in Piešťany have significant therapeutic effects on musculoskeletal disorders and are unique not only in Europe but worldwide. It is the largest and most successful spa in Slovakia specializing in the treatment of musculoskeletal diseases.
Hot mineral springs (67 ° -69 ° C) containing 1500 mg of minerals per liter and sulfuric healing mud stimulated the development of the spa and the construction of treatment facilities. Unique mud from Piešťany has an exceptional therapeutic effect on rheumatic diseases and some neurological disorders and is applied in the form of so-called. earthen packaging.
In the northern part of the island there is a spa community center, which provides cultural and artistic programs of various genres, theater festivals and trips to local architectural and historical monuments. Spa care is focused on the treatment of various health problems.
SPA Trenčianske Teplice
It is the location amidst nature and the hot mineral springs that are the attributes that have given these baths the pearl of the Carpathians.
Legend has it that the shepherd discovered the spring as he searched for the lost sheep. This story inspired the authors of the city’s coat of arms, which depicts just the sheep.
They are known for the five warm healing springs of sulfur water (about 36-40 ° C). It treats musculoskeletal disorders and neurosis. The architecture of Hammam Spa in the Sina Spa House is decorated in the oriental style of the Turkish baths from the late 19th century. Hammam from Trenčianske Teplice is a copy of the original Moorish style summer stay project that the architect prepared for the Egyptian governor.
The Summer of Music, which is regularly held in Trenčianske Teplice, is the oldest international chamber music festival in Central Europe. However, perhaps the most popular event is currently a film festival called Art Film. It has been held since 1993 every year in the second half of June. The best film wins the Golden Key and during the closing ceremony one of the nominated actors pushes his palms on the Bridge of Fame. Movie stars such as Franco Nero, Gina Lollobrigida, Geraldine Chaplin, Annie Girardot, Sophia Loren, Ornella Mutti, Jean-Paul Belmondo and others have already left their fingerprints here.
They have a long history, from the first record of the spa dating back to 1247 until the reign of the Hungarian king Bela IV. In the 15th century the spa in Bardejov began to be used for regular treatment. The services of this oasis of health and relaxation were used by well-known historical figures, including Marie Louis, wife of French Emperor Napoleon I, Russian Emperor Alexander I, Empress Elizabeth (also known as Sissi), wife of Franz Joseph I, and other prominent European nobles.
Thanks to their location, mineral waters and natural scenery in a picturesque valley surrounded by forests, they have all the conditions that provide appropriate treatment for respiratory diseases, gastrointestinal tract and disorders resulting from physical and mental exhaustion. The composition of the mineral waters ensures that the baths have their place among the most important in Europe.
SPA Rajecké Teplice
Rajecké Teplice is located in the middle of the picturesque natural environment of Malá Fatra and Strážovské Hills.
The spa offers healing thermal water with a temperature of 38 ° C, contains calcium and magnesium ions, especially good for the treatment of musculoskeletal problems, neurological and occupational diseases. Swimming in thermal water helps the whole body to turn off and relax.
Lovers of active recreation will appreciate the numerous hiking and biking trails with beautiful views of the surroundings, as well as the proximity of winter ski resorts. In summer you can enjoy swimming in the open air, swimming pool with thermal water and pleasant atmosphere of the spa park and spa town.
Tourists like to visit Dudince lying at the foot of the Krupin basin. Good location and warm stable climate contribute to the benefits of the area that offers relaxation, rehabilitation and therapy.
The effects of the local thermal water were already known during the Roman period, when the Roman baths were cut into travertine. The temperature of thermal water in Dudince is 28.5 degrees Celsius and contains 6 important mineral elements for the human body. The baths nowadays treat musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and rheumatic diseases, including hypertension.
Bojnice is world famous in the region of Upper Nitra. The history of the city is connected with the local sulphurous hot springs.
The spa is also one of the oldest and most beautiful spa parks in Slovakia. Hot springs are used in the treatment of nervous and musculoskeletal disorders.
In 1959 Bojnice gained the status of a spa town. Nine mineral hot springs with a temperature of 28-52 ° C are used and seven hyperthermal and isothermal pools are available.
SPA Turčianske Teplice
Turčianske Teplice is located in the center of Turca. Legend has it that King Sigismund of Luxembourg bathed in local springs in 1423.
The spa is able to treat musculoskeletal, urological and gynecological diseases, including skin diseases. Local healing water is based on seven springs with a yield of up to 30 l / s at temperatures between 38 and 47.5 degrees Celsius.
Its park and protected area is 2 km long and stretches to Dolní Štubno.
SPA Vyšné Ružbachy
Vyšné Ružbachy is located in eastern Slovakia. The healing effects of earthy carbonate mineral springs were well known in the Middle Ages. The curative and preventive effects of the spa are based on local natural waters with low mineralization and temperatures up to 26 ° C.
Vyšné Ružbachy offers mineral pools with mineral water, tub baths, sauna, gym and massage rooms. One of the main attractions of Vyšné Ružbachy is the local travertine quarry.
Mineral water was discovered in 1829 and is successfully used for the treatment of digestive tract diseases and metabolic disorders.
Drinking medicinal water is the basic procedure used in spas. It is complemented by hydrotherapy, electrical therapy, rehabilitation and massages. However, clean mountain air, quiet natural surroundings and spectacular views of the Low Tatras are also an important part of the overall positive healing results.
SPA Sliač is located between the towns of Banska Bystrica and Zvolen. Therapeutic activities began here in 1657.
The reputation of these spas has also been boosted by visits by some prominent public or artistic figures, such as the Hungarian revolutionary Lajos Kossuth, Bozena Nemcova, former Czechoslovak president T.G. Masaryk, famous Russian politician N. Khrushchev and many others.
Since 1960, they were the only ones in Slovakia that treated cardiovascular diseases. The waters in the Sliac Spa are unique because of their high CO2 content (more than 98%) and an isothermal temperature of 33.2 ° C.
Sliac Spa is also the only one in Slovakia that uses natural gas. Gas is extracted directly from the spa spring. All other spas in Slovakia use chemically produced gas.
Lúčky Spa lies on the border of the Liptov and Orava regions and is one of the oldest in Slovakia. They are popular for the complex treatment of gynecological diseases, as the only spa in our country focused on the treatment of female diseases.
The locals have known mineral springs since 1761. The decisive element is the earthy carbonic mineral water of the spa spring with a water temperature of 32 ° C, which contains natural carbon dioxide.
Baths, peat wraps, steam baths and other procedures related to local medicinal waters are often used in conjunction with massage, physical or rehabilitation exercises.
SPA Sklené Teplice
Spa Sklené Teplice is located 12 km from Banska Stiavnica. The rarity of Sklenice Teplice is the thermal springs of mineral waters, with temperatures of 38-52.3 ° C, which not only have significant healing effects, but also radiate the spirit of the old famous history of the spa.
Thermal water contains large amounts of magnesium and calcium and is predestined for the treatment of locomotive organs, nerve disorders and post-traumatic conditions.
A unique product of nature is the so-called Parenica – thermal bath, which allows visitors to bathe in a cave at a 42 ° C warm healing spring. Water in Sklenníky is hypotonic, with moisturizing effects.
Smrdaky Spa is located next to the town of Senica and is known for its sulfuric healing springs. Due to the composition of the local healing water and excellent treatment results, the spa focused on the treatment of skin diseases as early as the 20th century.
The healing water composition of Smrdaky is truly unique. One liter of local water contains more than 3,100 mg of mineral elements. The hydrogen sulphide content is particularly high (more than 600 mg / l), making Smrdak water one of the most sulphurous waters in Europe. Sulfurous mud is also highly curative.
Not far from the border with Hungary lies Ciz, which is perhaps the most famous area in the southern Gemer.
In the past it was a small agricultural village, but the discovery of mineral springs changed its character. In 1889 there were open-air baths of national importance, intended for patients affected by diseases of nerves, skin and other chronic inflammatory diseases.
Northwest of the town of Zvolen we find the spa Kováčová, which specializes in the treatment of musculoskeletal and nervous system diseases. The basis of treatment is mineralized water with an increased fluorine content, at a temperature of 48.5 ° C.
In the village Kováčová you will also find the well-known National Rehabilitation Center. The beautiful romantic ambience of the spa will inspire you to take walks and excursions in a beautiful landscape that will enchant many visitors.
Lučivná Climate Spa is located in the area below the Tatras. The facility specializes in providing spa treatment to children suffering from non-tuberculous respiratory diseases.
In 1875, the spa area was classified as a treatment facility, and in 1937 it was expanded to include a modern treatment center, which includes several separate buildings, and a children’s treatment facility was opened in 1948.
The youngest Slovak SPA Nimnica is situated between Považská Bystrica and Púchov. During the construction of the water reservoir in 1952, the spring Nimnica was discovered, which prompted the establishment and development of local spas. After hydrogeological investigation and verification of the therapeutic effects of water, local salt water began to be fully utilized.
In Nimnica, diseases of the digestive system, circulatory system and diseases of the respiratory tract and musculoskeletal system are treated. Mineral water contains trace elements such as potassium, magnesium, chlorine, iodine, sodium, iron, calcium and free carbon dioxide and is also used to treat cancer and gynecological diseases. Therapy is based on drinking this water, inhalation and a carbon dioxide bath.
Štós Climate Spa is located in the southeastern part of Slovakia. According to the Swiss classification, the drug spa has a climate rated as level 1, which contains typical features of the mountain landscape.
They focus on the treatment of respiratory diseases. It is not only due to its suitable altitude, 650 meters above sea level and the high number of sunny days, but also thanks to the forest park (known as the Slovak National Cultural Monument) with more than 200 species of trees and flowers, complemented by streams with cascades and fountain. The effect of spa climate therapy is multiplied by speleotherapy – a unique treatment method that is carried out in the nearby Jasovská Cave.
The spa has gained extensive experience in this therapeutic method and has achieved very positive results. In the former Czechoslovakia, Štós Spa was the first to start using the classic Finnish sauna and use it for therapeutic purposes. The sauna still serves its purpose.
The spa offers a wide range of medical treatments aimed at the treatment of respiratory and musculoskeletal systems, civilization diseases, etc.
SPA High Tatras – Nový Smokovec
The unique alpine climate of the High Tatras and its beneficial effect on the human organism was one of the main reasons why they established climatic spas in this mountain range, namely in the settlement of Nový Smokovec.
Nový Smokovec, a newly established settlement west of Starý Smokovec, has been designated as a spa since the very beginning of its existence and has retained this function until today. The facility was opened in response to new trends in the spa industry in the 19th century, when climate therapy was supported along with hot water or healing mud.
Climatic therapies and active external patient movement are the main treatments applied to respiratory diseases, metabolic disorders, as well as mental illnesses.
SPA Tatranská Polianka
Tatranská Polianka is located 1005 meters above sea level, in a forest zone in a slightly cold area. Due to dry air, favorable sunlight ratios, lower air pressure, lower oxygen pressure and mild daytime temperatures, without major changes, the climate in the Tatras is ideal for patients with lung diseases.