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multicultural peaceful place in the season
a little boring out of season
In a nutshell
For spa and trees and gentle meanderings.
Piest'any has a good and frequent daily train service from Bratislava.
Journey time is just over an hour, and a return ticket cost me about 8 euro in October 2012: very reasonable indeed.
Train types vary somewhat, with most newish open-carriage style but some still the old-fashioned corridor-and-compartment type. My journey from Bratislava was in one of the latter, but the return was in a very new open-carriage.
Be warned that some departures on this route (which continues to Trencin) can be particularly busy on Fridays and Sundays, with students travelling from and to universities en route after going home for the weekend.
Tickets are checked on the train (there seems to be more than one inspector per train) so do make sure you have one! The ticket office staff at Bratislava all had adequate English and were very helpful, though I'm not sure how much English staff in other railway stations will have. I suspect Piest'any staff will be more than able to cope: it's a very popular spa town with many visitors from abroad.
But if you intend to use a smaller railway station (anywhere, not just Slovakia) then it's always a good idea to get your request written down in the relevant language before your go. Staff at your accommodation should be able to help with this.
Piest'any station is some way from the heart of the old town, the river and 'Spa Island'. I didn't walk it myself (thanks to VT friends ) but I'd guess it would take around 25 minutes to walk to the Colonnade Bridge. Bus 1 serves the station>old town route.
You can find train times and details in English on the official Slovak railway website below.
Written Nov 11, 2012
The only cave open to public in the West Slovakia is Driny. Guided visit of the cave takes 35 minutes while visitors can look over beautiful dripstone decoration. The track is 450 meters long. The way fom a parking lot leads by beech forest and takes about 30 minutes.
Updated Apr 5, 2010
Phone: +421 (0)33/558 62 00
Favorite thing: you can see in this hotel a very famous people, for example: Milan Lasica, Claudia Cardinale, Claudia Schiffer, etc
Written Apr 14, 2003