Trenčianske Teplice is known for its therapeutic spa facilities using natural thermal sulphuric water produced by five local springs. As each of the springs has a bathing pool built directly over it (with the exception of the Grand pool) water enters the pools directly, without being pre-heated or cooled.
First mention of the springs appeared in 1247. In the 19th and the early 20th century, the spa represented one of the major spas in Austria-Hungary. The best known historical sight is spa house Sina with Hammam Pool – a unique construction built in 1888 in the original Maori style. In the past, the pool served as a luxurious bathing pool for rich noblemen.
Hammal Pool. Photo: Spa Trenčianske Teplice
There are also other interesting objects in the city – Church of St. Stephen of the early 20th century with a wooden carved ceiling and a pavilion from 1932 known as the Kúpeľná dvorana (Spa Court). Summer Music Festival is held here every year during July and August.
Spa Park (Kúpeľný park) established in 1873 lets you taste the perfect atmosphere of this small town. One of the park’s most precious features is the Swan Lake (Labutie jazero) with a small island in the centre. The lake dates back to the times of Austria-Hungary and originally served for bathing. It is an easy walk to start in the park and reach the Klepáč hill with a panoramic binocular installed on its summit. Just walk toward the hill along an educational trail with the interesting small Jánošíkova Cave (Jánošíkova jaskyňa). The route starts at the entrance to the spa park and is marked with red signs.
DISTANCE FROM TRENČÍN: 14 km.
HOW TO GO THERE: From Trenčín to Trenčianska Teplá and then turn right after crossing the reailway track, in the direction of Trenčianske Teplice.
GPS: 48°54’34.4″ N, 18°10’05.5″ E