Trencsénteplicz is considered one of the loveliest spa resorts in Nothern part of Slovakia, it is located in the valley of the river Teplicska in the near of Trencsén. The fame of the local baths has been achieved by the medicinal thermal springs.
Those who are fond of bathing and swimming will enjoy the thermal water pool "Zelena zaba" - Green frog, which is said to be the most highly situated thermal pool in Central Europe.
It was built in 1937. Its 33 m long swimming pool is cut in the rock in the sunny part of the wood. Water in the pools is 29-33°C warm. In the swimming pool area there is also a children´s pool and a large terrace with restaurants.
This restaurant, one of the several lining the walking street of T. Teplice, is a good place to hang out specially in the evenings when most of the other places are already closed. In general, the restaurants start closing around 9 pm, so it can be a bit of a problem for those wanting to have a late-ish dinner, or a drink at past 10 pm (those bars wishing to serve beyond 10 pm have to get a permit).
R-Club has a very convenient location, and being one of the few places open late, has a lively feel to it. They serve typical Slovak food -- we had beef with mushrooms, and fried mushrooms, served with rice and potatoes, respectively, and each with a salad on the side. The meat dish was good, the mushrooms were those wild brown common ones which expectedly tasted infinitely better than its cultured counterpart, and all came in big servings. We had beers, of course. All this, plus quick service cost us just 14 euros! My only problem was that they did not have a designated non-smokers area, so cigarette smoke started to be a bit of a bother as the night grew. Otherwise, there is nothing to complain about.
Definitely a place to note for the next time.
This picturesque little red train with just a single car is said to be the oldest electric train in the country. It travels a length of 5.9 kilometers from Trencianske Teplice to Trencianske Tepla, on a special narrow rail. The rail was so narrow, that at first we thought it was for a kids or touristic train. It was first operated in 1909, which makes it a bit more than a century old today.
The railway was the first of its kind in Central Europe. In the old times, from one point to the other, the journey took 25 minutes. Today, after some adjustments to the rail, it is about 19 minutes.
While it is a train, the locals sometimes call it tram -- which makes for some confusion for first-time visitors or non-locals.
Most of the slovakian people are very friendly, but there are many of them who do not want to help to hungarian tourists , even if they speak the hungarian language. I really do not know why they do so, although we were living together in a common country for a very long time.
I have tried of course not only in hungarian, but in english and german as well, without any succes. They just gazed on me, as if I would be an enemy and not a friendly tourist, who wants to spend a lot of money in their country.
Slovakia will not get any tourist awards if some of the local people do not change this terribly behavior.
That's too bed!!!
Trancianske Teplice is a reknowned spa resort so I was eager to try one of the massages available that I haven't ever tried before. I decided it would be the lava stone massage. Apparently, if you're not having the massage done in your hotel, all other massage places in the resort are centralised. I was told to go to this building at the center of the walking street to ask for an appointment. It's not possible to just go pop in at your convenience. I was given the schedule, directed to another building nearby, paid up, and given my massage ticket.
I went and since none of the staff and the therapists spoke a word of English, all communication was done by pointing, nodding, sounds of assent, and lots of smiling. The massage was supposed to be for one hour, done in a small room with vertical loose blinds that were open in places, and since it was right by the street and even had a bench beside the window where elderly people were sunning themselves and the entire little town walking just outside, it was a bit disconcerting, as I could see everyone, and I'm sure I could be seen too. It was also thus very noisy, and the therapist's effort to increase the volume of the music (which was supposed to be playing some zen sounds), instead of relaxing, added to the chaos. Anyway, the massage itself was nothing special, just some stones which she passed slowly on several areas. I imagine if I get a few nice, flat stones from the beach and heated them to the right temperature, that would be exactly like it. It even caused me shoulder pains for 3 days -- it was from when I was lying on my back with two stones placed on my upper back. Overall, not a pleasant experience at all.
And I think that the amount I paid (27 euros) was not worth, and even expensive for nearly 50 minutes of this unremarkable massage. It should have been 10 minutes more, but I was just relieved it finished earlier. Give me Thai massage anytime.
Unique Suggestions: Go for other massages but not this lava stone. It is overrated.
In the 14th century the village of Trencsénteplicz was considered one of the best-known and loveliest spa resorts in the Hungarian Kingdom, it is located in the woody Sztrázsó mountain in the valley of the river Teplicska not far from city of Trencsén. Altitude is 272 m above the sea level. Thanks to its southern location is well protected from winds, and easily accessible to sunshine from the south.
The famous hungarian writer Mór Jókai called the village as the Pearl of Carpathian Mountains. The extraordinary healing properties of the climate of the area is well known also from the novel The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann
Fondest memory: Trencsénteplic is today a pictorial health resort, where an amazing architecture, such as the bath Hammam in the spa building Sina decorated in oriental style of Turkish bath from the end of the 19th century, forms a pleasant backdrop for a recovery or a Wellness stay.
5 well-springs, with the temperature of the welfare water, which moves between 37,7 C and 40 C, are used to the bath cure of rheumatism illnesses.
The thermal springs belong to the natural sulfate-, lime-, magnesium- and sulfur-mineral waters. Therefore it is used also for the treatment on illnesses of the digesting organs.
The ‘Music Summer of the city is the oldest festival of chamber music in Central Europe.