Aquapark Tatralandia is the largest all-year water facility for fun and relaxation in Slovakia, Czech Republic and Poland. It is situated in the breath-taking mountain scenery at the North bank of the Liptovská Mara dam offering views of the West and Low Tatras.Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia
The Zoological garden of Bratislava is one of the favourite attractions of Slovakia's capital. It keeps a total of almost 1,000 individuals of different animal species, which makes it one of Slovakia's largest zoos. Part of the ZOO is the Dinopark – an exhibition of Dinosaur models in their real size, the first to be installed in Slovakia.
The ZOO spreads on an area of 96 ha in the pleasant setting of the Mlynská dolina valley, coated with broad-leaved forests, meadows and a brook, which flows through its lower part. It was open in 1960. The ZOO of Bratislava was among the first ones in Europe that successfully bred the young of lynx, which became its symbol. The zoo's major accomplishments include its involvement in 17 breeding programmes within the framework of the European Endangered Species Programme. In addition, the zoo keeps the European Studbook for the Nubian Ibex.
The zoo houses more than 700 mammals, 200 birds and 40 reptiles. A new pavilion for anthropoid apes is currently under construction.
Dinopark quickly became the favourite of children. It is a unique amusement park that, in an area of about 3 hectares, depicts scenes from the lives of animals from the Mesozoic Era. Models are set in decorations that imitate their natural environment. Some of them are static and some of them are mobile. This facility also includes a 3D cinema and a paleontological playground.
Passing through the region of Liptov, from Liptovský Mikuláš to Ružomberok, one must notice a huge water area of the dam Liptovská Mara. It is the largest water reservoir in Slovakia in terms of the confined water volume.
The reservoir, namesake of one of the flooded communities, was built in the years 1970-1975. With the principal aims firstly to palliate the floodrisk on the river Váh and secondly for the production of power.
Construction of the dam required moving of inhabitants of several communes which were inundated, including several cultural and historical monuments, although the most important of them were moved out and are now the main exhibits in the Museum of Liptov Village in Pribylina.
The most important summer holiday resort on the shores of the Liptovská Mara dam is the village Liptovský Trnovec. A modern Mara camping in Liptovský Trnovec on the shore of the reservoir is the favourite of water sport fans. The beach, the renting of sport equipment and excellent conditions for yachting and wind-surfing are the assets of this sought after holiday centre, offering also a good base for trips to the Chočské vrchy mountains and the Západné Tatry mountains.
The summer season starts in middle of June and ends in September. Part of the offer is also navigation by boat around the reservoir. The Aquapark Tatralandia opened all the year round and accommodation, as well as the Thermal park Bešeňová are additional attractions situated very near the reservoir.Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia
Ochtinská aragonitová jaskyňa situated in the mountains Revúcka vrchovina in central Slovakia is a world rarityand unique natural phenomenon. It is interesting for variety and abundance of aragonite filling and a rare development of underground space. Thanks to its significance and unique ornamentation, it was included into theUNESCO World Heritage List.
A 145 m long pit leads to the entrance of the cave at the altitude of 642 m above sea level; 230 metres of its total length of 300 m is now accessible to public (seeing it takes 30 minutes).
It is obvious that it is not a large cave, but it is all the more rare and valuable for its aragonite ornamentation (the form Srdce Hrádku is famous), the only of the kind in central Europe. There are not many similar caves in the world either.
The Ochtinská aragonitová jaskyňa cave was discovered in 1954. The rich and varied needle, spiral and kidney-shaped aragonite filling similar to sea corrals creates an unusually varied mixture of images. The Hall of Milky it the part of the cave, which is unanimously, considered the most beautiful. The white aragonite grapes in a fissure in the ceiling glow like stars on the sky and the equally snow-white “bushes” intrigue any visitor.
In season: June - August: 9.00 - 16.00
Off season: April, May, September, October: 9.30 - 14.00
Closed: 1. November - 31. March, Monday
Tour duration: 30 min.
Recreation and relaxation water world of Aquathermal Senec is situated in a well-known resort Sunny Lakes (Slnečné jazerá) in Senec. Due to its purpose and location it provides accessible rest whole year round in beautiful environment of a sought-after resort, close to Bratislava and all important roads.Bratislava, Slovakia
On the right side of the valley Demänovská dolina below the northern slopes of the mountains Nízke Tatry is another cave open to public - Demänovská ľadová jaskyňa.
The cave known since the Middle Ages is the second largest cave of its kind in Slovakia. Though the first reference to it is from 1299, it was opened to the public only in the 1880's.
The entrance is at the altitude of 840 m, about 90 m above the bottom of the valley. The winding path leading to the cave starts at the parking lot. It consists of four floors with a total length of 2.5 km; the route around the cave is 850 m long and seeing it takes 45 minutes.
Its ice filling is about 400-500 years old. The Demänovská ľadová jaskyňa cave is also known for the bones of cave bear found there. They were taken for remnants of drake in the 18th century. It is the reason why it was also called the Dragon Cave. Ten species of bats live in this cave.
Especially charming is its lower part called the "Freezer" with icicles and ice waterfalls. Instructive path, which also leads to the cave, provides additional information about this natural phenomenon.
In season: June - August: 9.00 - 16.00
Off season: 15. - 31. May, September: 9.30 - 14.00
Closed: 1. October - 14. May, Monday
Tour duration: 45 min.
Complete opening hours to be clarified by service provider.
Slovak National Theatre, one of the most important cultural institutions in Slovakia, began to write their history in 1920. Today the Slovak National Theatre consists of three components with permanent professional ensembles: Drama, Opera and Ballet.Bratislava, Slovakia
Bojnice is the world famous spa in the region of Upper Nitra. History of this town is connected with local sulphurous hot springs.
The spa along with the Castle of Bojnice, which is not far away, were once owned by the magnate Matúš Čák Trenčiansky, the families of Korvín, Thurzo, and Pálffy. It was precisely the Pálffy family who invested efforts in establishing and promoting the local spa. In the 1930s, the shoe manufacturer Ján Baťa, perhaps known in the whole world, owned Bojnice.
The spa also has one of the oldest and most beautiful spa parks in Slovakia. Hot springs are applied in therapy of nervous disorders and those of locomotion apparatus.
In 1959 Bojnice obtained the statute of a spa town. Nine mineral hot springs with temperature 28-52° C are exploited while there are seven hyperthermal and isothermal pools available. Hydrotherapeutic procedures, electrotherapy, acupuncture, oxygen therapy, stays in salt cave are the methods currently offered.Bojnice, Slovakia
The world famous spa town of Piešťany is situated in the northern part of the region of Dolné Považie at the foothills of the Považský Inovec Mts. and its fame is associated with the medicinal geothermal water and medicinal sulphuric mud. The mud and thermal mineral water in Piešťany have remarkable therapeutic effects onlocomotion apparatus disorders and are unique not only in Europe, but worldwide too.
It is the largest and most successful Slovak spaspecializing in the therapy of diseases of locomotion apparatus. Hot mineral springs (67°-69°C) with the content of 1,500 mg of mineral substances per liter and sulphuric medicinal mud have stimulated the development of spa industry and building of therapeutic facilities.
The self-reproducing deposits of the medicinal mudas the product of the joint activity of mineral springs and river sediments of the Váh river are a remarkable phenomenon. The unique mud of Piešťany has an exceptional therapeutic effect on rheumatic disorders and some neurological disorders and it is applied in form of mud wrappings and so-called mire.
The first important owners of the spa were the Erdödy family. Erdödys had the first spa house built after the Napoleonic wars in 1822. It still stands and is referred to as the Old Spa or Napoleons Bath. However, it was the Winter family that developed the spa to its full prosperity and world fame. Several hotels in the Art Nouveau stylewere built at the beginning of the 20th century and a few new spa buildings were constructed in the 1960s to 1980s. Today the spa offers more than 2,400 beds of economy, standard, superior and suite category.
The park of the Kúpeľný ostrov (the Spa Island) with its fountains and statues offers interesting scenery. Parts of the area include an open-air thermal swimming pool, a network of spa hotels, health care facilities and sport facilities. There is a golf court, tennis courts, and a beach volleyball field on the island. In addition, cycling and jogging paths run through this area.
In the northern part of the island there is a spa Social Centre, which provides cultural and artistic programs of various genres, theatre festivals, and excursions to the local architectural and historical monuments and landmarks. In two halls of the Social Centre, international congresses and conferences are held and there are also galleries and other premises.
The Bardejov Spa has a long history, with the first record of the spa stretching back to 1247 to the reign of Hungarian king Béla IV. In the 15th century, the spa began to be used for regular treatment.
Its good reputation reached as far as courts of prominent European rulers. The services of this "oasis of health and relax" were used by manywell-known historical figures, including Marie Louise, wife of French Emperor Napoleon I., Russian Tzar Alexander I., Empress Elisabeth (also known as Sissi), wife of Francis Joseph I., and other prominent European noblemen.
Thanks to its location, microclimate, mineral waters and the natural scenery of the picturesque valley surrounded by woods, the spa has all the conditions to provide appropriate treatment for ailments of the respiratory system, circulation conditions, digestive tract and disorders resulting from both physical and mental fatigue.
The biggest treasure of the spa is its natural mineral waters. Their composition ensures their place among the most important mineral waters in Europe. The springs in Bardejov are classified as hydrocarbonic, chloride, sodium, carbonic hypotonic with medium mineralization and relatively rich in boric acid.
A spa colonnade and a spa house are in the very centre of the spa. Glassed-in hallways link the house to the Alžbeta sanatorium and the spa's largest hotels Astória** and Ozón***. Treatment procedures are administered in the sanatorium that also includes a health centre and laboratories.
The world of relaxation and water fun, Wellness Spa in hotel Ozón - swimming pools and saunas world - is open not only for clients of our spa hotels, but also for visitors.
The spa area is also home to the following facilities: shopping centre, post office, cinema, church, the Museum of Popular Architecture, cafés, restaurants, amphitheatre for summer concerts, tennis courts, minigolf course, fitness centre, bowling bar, ski lifts, oxygen track, 35 kilometres of well-maintained tourist paths, natural swimming pool with heated water, and a salt cave. Guests can be certain that only high-quality health care, top-level services, complex treatment and especially rest and relax will be ensured in this beautiful area.
Several operators of natural health spas or spa facilities with licenses from the Ministry of Health of the SR can operate in this spa resort. Spa care focuses on treatment of various health problems.