Slovakia has abundance of mineral water and healing thermal springs. There are more than 1,300 mineral springs within 21 spa resorts. Most of them are actively used for therapeutic and recreation reasons. While thermal springs in many countries are mostly viewed as the luxury and they are generally expensive, Slovakia’s spa resorts and water parks are affordable thanks to their long-lasting traditions. Romans, Celts and also famous Ludwig van Beethoven visited spa town of Piešťany to enjoy the healing effects of town’s thermal water.
Trenčianske Teplice Spa
Trenčianske Teplice spa is well known for its excellent healing water and long history. The spa offers various musculoskeletal system treatments, medical diagnostics and care. The spa was first mentioned in the 14th century. As early as the 16th century, the spa was known all over Europe, and was mentioned as the most important of the Kingdom of Hungary. The Turkish Hammam spa, built in the 19th century, is considered one of the most famous parts of the spa complex. It is used for massages and as a relaxation room after taking a bath in the thermal spa Sina.
Piešťany is one of the most famous spas in the world. Its sulphuric mud and geothermal mineral water have remarkable therapeutic properties and have been used for centuries to relieve pain from rheumatoid arthritis and joints inflammation.
According to Wikipedia, Piešťany was first mentioned in written records in 1113 . The medicinal springs were already popular in the middle ages. The spa attracted many aristocratic visitors over its history, including Ludwig van Beethoven. There are no records about the length of the composer’s stay in the spa, but according to several sources it happened during the winter of 1801-1802. He resided in Villa Bacchus, a grand still-standing but currently unused building in the hills on the north side of the town.
Sklené Teplice Spa
Sklené Teplice spa is well known for its unique steam cave bath called Parenica. Strong geothermal activities have produced abundance of hot spring in this central part of Slovakia. 14 of these springs are considered active in the area, including the famous cave bath. The cave bath is famous for its natural hot waters falling down over a limestone wall into a pool of hot water. The pool has a constant temperature of 42 degrees Celsius (107.6 F). There is no other bath like this in Europe.