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Trencianske Teplice

on June 30, 2015

I’ve been making an effort to get out and see more of Slovakia. Sometimes that takes a bit of effort and planning, as public transport can be irregular, to say the least, and there are few things less appealing than spending several hours in a place where little happens, waiting for the next bus or train back to Piešt’any.

One place I visited a couple of months ago is the small spa town of Trencianske Teplice. Half an hour train ride to Trencin followed by a 20 minute bus ride got me there, and I had plenty of time to wander around and see the sights before getting the bus and train home again.


Like a lot of places in Slovakia, the outskirts of the town feature the usual mixture of interesting old buildings and old ruins. Some nice retro details and signs, but an overall air of melancholy – although this might have been due to my visit taking place on a rainy Saturday in March.

I came across a small Jewish cemetery which had been restored with the help of funding from some people from the USA.

It was nice to see that someone cared enough to restore this tiny cemetery, but a little more care should have been taken to avoid the mistake on this plaque!


I wandered into the town through the very pleasant park, which featured a community gym, and is probably a very pleasant spot to spend a few hours on a warm summers day. The park also featured some of the tallest trees I’ve ever seen, and a shrine where the Virgin Mary was kept firmly behind bars – whether for her own good or for that of the public was undetermined.

The town itself was quite nice, but it was clear that some of the hotels had seen better days. Still, there were a lot of people going in and out of the various spa buildings, where business seemed to be brisk.

The town is famous for its annual film festival. There are a number of plaques on a bridge which seems to have been specially constructed to hold them, and there’s a photo display showing an impressive range of stars past and present

This guy might have been my handsome prince, but I didn’t kiss him – sometimes it’s best not to know…

A final wander through the town and I was ready to head for the bus station.

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Trencianske Teplice was an interesting place to spend half a day – maybe a full day if the weather was better, but I don’t think I’d be inclined to spend a longer holiday there unless the film festival was on.


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