CYCLE ARTICLES ABOUT SLOVAKIA
Piestany is the most famous treatment thermal spa in Slovakia. It is situated at the distance of 85km from the city of Bratislava which is the capital of Slovakia, in southwestern part of Slovakia at the height of 162m above sea level. This resort city is located on the bank of the river Vah, which is one of the biggest rivers in Slovakia. The river Vah divides Piestany into two parts. One of them is the city with highly developed infrastructure, abundance of shops, restaurants, casino and hotels; the other one is a resort island which is an inexhaustible oasis of health with healing springs of mineral water and reservoirs of therapeutic mud, treatment and diagnostic centers, premises for balneotherapy, thermal pools. For several centuries, Piestany has been famous as a resort. Several centuries ago people noticed that peacocks healed their wounded legs in mud pits, and after that they started using unique healing properties of thermal mineral waters and sulfate muds.
The first clinic was opened in Piestany in the year 1773. Jan Erderi was the founder of this hospital. His heir Joseph rebuilt the construction in classical style in 1821 and named it Napoleon's Baths. The complex was equipped with mud-baths, thermal pools, rooms of hydrotherapy and massage and could compete with modern clinics. It was the Winters family that made the resort world-famous and prosperous. They managed the spa from 1889 to 1940. Piestany gained its reputation of a fashionable resort due to its combination of high treatment results and close location to Wien and Budapest. Writers Selma Lagerlof and Robert Stevenson, painter Alphonse Mucha, Bakhru from Malaysia (Indian Maharaja and sultan), even Beethoven and Shalyapin visited this resort. Nowadays, about 40000 people from more than 50 countries of the world annually visit Piestany resort. For the moment being, territory of this city is 40ha. Sanatorium complex is situated in a beautiful park and has 2400 places of first and medium class.
Piestany is located in the warmest region of Slovakia. Due to resort’s wonderful geographic location, warm moderate climate prevails here and sunny weather lasts 265 days a year. All these made Piestany a favorite place for rest regardless the season. In summer period temperature is about +35 ?С. Comparatively dry and warm summer, mild winter and autumn, abundance of greens and the sun create perfect conditions for rest.
First of all, the resort gained its fame due to mineral waters, namely to healing properties of magnesium-calcium and carbonate sulphate waters. One liter has 1500mg of mineral substance. Water is also saturated with sulphurated hydrogen and other non-associated gases. Water rises from the depth of more than 2000 meters where places of tectonic faults are located. Drawing of water is carried out at the depth of 60m, and due to this fact its chemical composition and temperature remain stable. Unique character of the resort consists in 10 healing thermal springs, whose temperature of water is 67- 69 ?С.
Composition of local sulphuric muds is unique for the whole world. They are successfully applied in treatment of arthritis and rheumatism. These muds are based on the deposits of the river Vah, created in the places of mineral springs’ inlets. After mud was gathered, it will be ripping for about a year under the impact of thermal waters in specially equipped pools. These muds are famous for their unique biological and physical properties. Its ointment-like consistence has steel, approaching black color. Muds have unique capacity to save warmth for a long period of time; their cooling period is four times bigger than the one of water.
Nowadays, the resort is famous for unique healing influence on patients who undergo treatment here after traumas, spine diseases, as well as rheumatoid arthritis and inflectional arthritis, coxarthrosis, spondylosis, arthrosis. To this list should be also added advanced stages of Bechterew disease, post-operation syndrome of peripheral and central nervous system, fatty degeneration and various diseases of locomotor system.
Piestanyresort suggests more than 60 types of therapeutic measures, aimed at treatment locomotor system diseases, rheumatism.
- chronic inflammations;
- rheumatic diseases.
Inflammation rheumatic diseases:
- rheumatoid arthritis.
Diseases of locomotor systems:
- contagious diseases of big joints;
- degenerative changes of spine;
Metabolic diseases of joints:
- arthropathia while diabetes;
- arthropathia while uratic arthritis.
Chronic neurotic diseases:
- macrovessels syndrome;
- conditions after dinflamation diseases of central neurotic system;
- central peripheral cord syndrome.
- post-operation period (operations on: limbs, spine, neuromuscular system).
Rachitic defects of skeleton.
- swimming pools with thermal water;
- mud pools;
- baths: carbonate, pearl, whirl, water;
- mud pack;
- Sharko contrast shower;
- underwater massage;
- exercise therapy;
- all types of electrotherapeutics;
You will be offered a number of cosmetological and stress-relieving procedures.
Service package “Complex”. Treatment period - from 2 to 3 weeks. Specialization – diseases of locomotor system and rheumatoid arthritis.
Service package “Resort-Light”. Treatment period – 2 weeks. Specialization – various diseases of locomotor system.
Service package “Treatment of Osteoporosis”. Recommended treatment period is from 3 to 4 weeks. This treatment program is aimed at problems while osteoporosis.
General tonic program. Treatment period – from 1 to 2 weeks. Program is planned for prevention of spine diseases and cardiologic problems.
“Antistress”. Uration – 1-2 weeks. Program against stress.
“Well Figure”. Recommended duration – 2-3 weeks. One of the most popular treatment programs.
Services and Entertainments
Resort hotels provide comfortable conditions for family events as well as for big public ones. Piestany became one of the most popular centers of holding conferences due to high quality of service and wonderfully equipped halls. There are roomy conference-halls, suitable for trainings, business meetings, presentations and even weddings.
The resort provides to your disposal: gym, outdoor swimming pool with thermal EBA water, solarium, sauna, horse-riding, fishing, bike rental and equipped lanes, jogging paths and equipped tennis courts, casino. Golf center is situated in the northern part of the island. Here you will find everything you need for a comfortable game, starting with 9 holes and finishing with rental of sport kit. You can also enjoy water sports as the resort is located at the distance of 1.5km from the wonderful reservoir Slnava, created by the river Vah.
Public life of the resort is rather interesting and diverse. Every day has a concert, performance of a dancing group, theatrical performance or an exhibition. Various cultural and entertainment programs, tours and even lections are specially organized for the guests of this resort. Sport competitions of national and international level are often held in Piestany: tennis tournaments, rowing regatta, football matches, music festivals, Days of organ music, golf tournaments. It has already become a good tradition to organize here international medical congresses.
Resort city Piestany is situated on one of main railway routes which is a part of international system. It connects such cities as Budapest, Wien, Prague, and Warsaw.
Due to bus service, Piestany is connected not only with all big cities of Slovakia, but with Prague, Frankfurt am Main, Wien, and Munich as well.