multicultural peaceful place in the season
a little boring out of season
For spa and trees and gentle meanderings.
The Thermia Palace Hotel is a swish piece of Art Nouveau architecture dating from1912. It's been fully restored.The hotel has a peacock motif and (my friends tell me) one of the stained glass windows which line the staircase (showing a peacock, of course) was created ...or at least designed...by Alphonse Mucha. I've also discovered that Mucha...more
There has been a spa in Piest'any for centuries (probably millennia) . It's worth wandering around the exterior of the spa buildings themselves, because there are helpful signboards (in English) explaining bits of its history.And, of course, you'll get the best 'smell' in this area (other than inside the spa itself), especially if you walk near the...more
I really enjoyed wandering the grounds in which the spa, its hotel and its clinics are set.There are hundreds of mature trees, flowerbeds, shrubs and bushes (many of which I did not recognise), all flourishing because (I think) of the slightly warmer soil.I especially liked the warm water pools, first built in the mid-1930s and full of various...more
Kolonadovy Most, the Colonnade Bridge, leads from the old part of Piest'any to 'Spa Island' (Kupelny Ostrov). It was designed and built in 1932, although damaged during the Second World War, and is apparently 'Functionalist' in architectural style. The spa 'trademark' sculpture of a man breaking his crutch (Robert Kumeyer, 1934) stands at the...more
The historical heart of Piest'any is not very large but it does have some rather lovely buildings, many of which have been recently renovated and/or restored (it seemed to me).It's worth spending an hour or so just wandering and looking, perhaps ending with a walk through the lovely, tree-crowded City Park.Here are a few lovely buildings I spotted...more
The river Vah is a broad sweep of a river, and must be quite a sight when it is in full flow...the town does still get flooded on occasion. Walking along it (I only managed a short walk on either side) provides lovely views of the river, the trees, and the surrounding hillsides (unfortunately shrouded in mist for much of my visit).You could do far...more
I learned about his place at scholl as a 9-10 years old child. I live only 100 kms from there, but I was there a week ago in my 46. A really great experience! A 7,5 km long nature trail starts as a usual walking (well, a steep walking :-) in woods, but one can see interesting elements soon. Various shaped conglomerate rocks - holes, towers, waves,...more
The castle with a bloody history. The owner Countess Elizabeth Bathory called "Bloody Lady of Čachticeis" is said she killed hudreds of young girls. She was lifered and arrested in her castle, where she died on 21 August 1614. Some sources argue that Elizabeth Bathory was a victim of politically motivated conspiracy. Who knows what is...more
in the afternoon watch kids feeding the geese on the spa bridge while watching the people from all kinds races and cultures go to/from the spa .good chance to socialize yourself while chilling out with ice-cream or a drink at the open cafe'es in summer time.more
Winterova 29, Kupelny Ostrov 1, Piestany, 92129, Slovakia
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Solo
Hlboka 49, Piestany, 92101, Slovakia
Good for: Couples
Stefanikova 2B, Piestany, 921 01, Slovakia
Good for: Business
It's at east east side of the spa bridge .in an open air graden setup enjoy your breakfast or lunch at this arabic rest operated by young friendly local beauties. the food is fresh and great . most of the middle eastern dishes are available at a reasonable cost.more
35 Reviews and Opinions
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.
In the Slovak Republic, its beautiful, but money isnt easy here. Unfortunatky people look to find easy ways to make cash, and the main one here, is auto theft.If you plan to visit anything in the Slovak Republic, keep your car close!!!paperwork to file for auto theft is a pain in the A**! and it takes forever, so park close!more
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.
Favorite thing: you can see in this hotel a very famous people, for example: Milan Lasica, Claudia Cardinale, Claudia Schiffer, etc