Local activities


Piešťany is considered one of Slovakia's most attractive cities. The name Piešťany is derived from the local term for sand, which is a common feature of the Váh silt on which the city is built. The history of the city is closely connected with the development of the spa industry in the 16th century. The first detailed description of thermal springs dates to 1545 in a book titled Report on Hungary’s Marvellous Waters. Well-known balneologist, professor Henirich J. von Cranz came to Piešťany in 1772. The first permanent spa structure was constructed following his visit. The first brick and mortar spa structures were constructed at the start of the 19th century, and were completed and expanded throughout the entire 19th century. Treatment itself advanced to a medically-based method. The Winter family was responsible for the greatest boom in the spa industry; their guidance saw grandiose expansion of the spa facilities and Piešťany became known around the world thanks to its active promotion. Tens of thousands of guests flocked to the spa during the inter-war period, including many prominent figures. Piešťany today is a modern city of culture, sports activities, social events, green parks and historical and cultural landmarks while staying true to its spa town character.


Piešťany is undoubtedly a sports city. The range of sports with tradition and facilities in the city speaks to this fact. Water sports are popular in the summer thanks to the Váh River and the Sĺňava reservoir. Travelling the Sĺňava by boat, water skiing, canoeing, rafting and water polo are all available for water sports enthusiasts to enjoy. There are excellent options for in-line skating, running, cycling and taking healthy walks. A golf course is also nearby for fans of green grass.


3 ski areas with snow making are located in close proximity to Piešťany: Ski Bezovec, Skipark Kálnica and Skiland Stará Myjava, while two others do not have snow making: Veľká Javorina, Ski Banka Ahoj


Castles, chateaus, manor houses and castle ruins are some of Slovakia’s best treasures. Slovakia as a country has one of the highest concentrations of these cultural and historical gems. Four castle ruins, three castles with expositions open to the public and one château are all located around Piešťany.


This caste is approximately 25 km from Piešťany and the ruins are visible from the city. The castle site was built in the second half of the 13th century as part of a network of guard castles built on the road through the Váh valley. The castle site is dominated by the rectangular early Gothic tower and castle palace.


This castle was built at the end of the 12th century and beginning of the 13th century on a 70-metre high bluff. Its vantage point ensured control over a large area. The castle burned in 1727 and gradually began to collapse. The castle ruins are approximately 26 km from Piešťany.

Čachtice Castle

The history of this castle traces back to the 13th century. The cultural and historical landmark is most commonly associated with Countess Elisabeth Báthory.


Museums are another popular attraction. The Balneology Museum was established in 1928, then simply called the Piešťany Museum, and bears witness to the archaeology of the city and the history of the region. The Museum of Military History in town and the Ethnographic Museum in Krakovany, only 5 km from Piešťany, both offer interesting exhibitions.


The Piešťany region is full of natural attractions. The Sĺňava conservation area is well-known for its flora and fauna, which can be seen across Spa Island and its beautiful parks. Andrej Kmeť Park is the largest and oldest park. Spa Park is located directly on Spa Island. The Červená veža (Red tower) forest is located nearby in the town of Banka.

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