Free time, culture program and surroundings

An outstanding location

The spa is entirely free from the stress and noise of big cities but has a very convenient location in the centre of Slovakia that can be easily reached by many forms of transport.

Sliac Spa is situated 15km from Banska Bystrica in a beautiful valley between two mountain ranges. Guests can fly into Bratislava, Vienna or Budapest and make use of bus and rail links to Sliac. There are direct trains from Bratislava calling at Sliac. Direct transfer by private car from the airport to the spa can be arranged for guests who wish for it. Spa personnel provide this service for a fee whenever a client requests it. Sliac Spa is also an ideal base for day trips in the region to learn about its rich history and its wealth of diverse folk customs and sites of natural beauty. Trips can be taken every day and there is a lot to see.

Additional services and activities at the spa

The spa complex at Sliac offers a wide range of services and many opportunities for leisure activities.

Most of the site is woodland and an English landscape park. There are many types of trees including alleys of chestnut, poplar and linden and rare free growing rhododendrons, which are not found in such quantities anywhere else in Slovakia. One tree of note, which is listed for protection, is the Ludmila Podjavorinska Pine. It is said that the Slovak writer and poet Ludmila Podjavorinska used to sit under this tree and write while she was staying at the spa. It is situated in one of the two relaxation areas with fountains, ponds and benches where guests can draw on positive energy. Those who enjoy active recreation can use a thermal swimming pool and tennis courts during the summer.  The spa's "heart trails" are open all year round and offer beautiful views over the surrounding valleys and mountains. The three marked trails – A, B and C – are a great for a stroll or light hiking of graded levels of difficulty.

A special part of the spa is the drinking water springs zone, where 4 springs of drinkable water with different mineral compositions rise in a small area.

The Stefanik spring - is the coolest, with a temperature of 12°C. It contains a high level of carbon dioxide and pharmacologically active iron. It is the most popular spring, with water that is lightly mineralised, hypotonic, carbonated, with bicarbonates, calcium and iron. It provides good support for digestion, for anaemia and can help protect against osteoporosis and brittle nails and hair.

Bystrica Spring – a spring with a temperature of 23°C. The original name was Dorotha, after the wife of Palatine Jozef Habsburg. It is effective in treating mainly diseases of the stomach, pancreas, spleen and the biliary and urinary tracts.

Lenkey Spring – a spring with a temperature of 22.5°C. This spring was regulated in 1834 by Acacius Lenkey, a naturalist and admirer of Sliac’s natural beauties. The high iodine content is recommended for treatment of the eyes and thyroid gland. 

Adam Spring – a spring with a temperature of 23°C. This is the only spring whose water does not flow out continuously but erupts at regular intervals. It is recommended for diseases of the bladder, intestinal catarrh, disorders of lipid metabolism, pregnancy, breastfeeding, osteoporosis and intensive sports activities.

The spa park at Sliac is a balm for the soul. You will benefit from the positive energy of nature and a sense of absolute peace, which will bring harmony to your body and mind.

Natural attractions and hiking

The nearby mountain ranges – the Slovenske Rudohorie, Low Tatras, Kremnicke vrchy and Velka Fatra – offer many kinds of natural beauty and opportunities for hiking or cycling on trails that range from easy to very demanding.

Donovaly
Donovaly is one of the most popular mountain resorts in the vicinity of Sliac Spa. It can be reached in under 30 minutes by car. During the summer months, it offers a wide range of leisure activities including hiking, cycling, a cable car, a bobsled run and many other attractions for children and adults. In winter, it becomes a great ski resort with 17 runs totally over 11 km in length. Cross-country skiers have over 20 km of marked trails at their disposal. Obviously, there are many services available off the slopes. There are many restaurants, cafés and bars to satisfy even the most demanding clients.

Jasna – Chopok
Jasna – Chopok is the largest and most modern ski resort in Slovakia. It has 30 lifts from ski lifts to cable cars and over 46 km of ski slopes. It is around 45 minutes from Sliac Spa by car. This ski resort has something for every type of skier. From absolute beginners to professionals. The hilly landscape and an altitude of 2,004 m above sea level guarantee unforgettable views and skiing experiences.

Kosutka 
Although Kosutka is a ski resort, its main attraction is a zip wire rope slide which is the longest of its type in Slovakia. The zip wire extends for 455 m across a valley and is 37 m above the ground at its highest point, which means you will enjoy outstanding views and an unforgettable dose of adrenalin.

Harmanec Cave 
Harmanec Cave is situated close to Banska Bystrica. It is also known as the “White Cave” from the colour of the calcium from which it is formed. In the caves, there are domes and pools and the walls are decorated with cascades of soft, white sinter flowstone. The walk up to the cave is an interesting nature trail with information panels on other attractions in the area. 

Badin old-growth forest
The old-growth forest at Badin is very close to Sliac Spa. The first impression may be nothing special but it is a site of European importance. In 1994 it became a National Nature Reserve and it is part of the European Union's network of protected areas NATURA 2000. Some of the trees here are more than 400 years old and a walk here will transport you into a completely different world far from our hectic times.

Historic monuments in the area

Around Sliac Spa there are many other cultural and historical heritage monuments.

Wooden articular church at Hronsek.
The wooden articular church is situated in the village of Hronsek. It is one of the most important heritage monuments in the vicinity of Sliac Spa. In 2008 it was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The church had to be built entirely from wood and not even a single nail was used in its construction. Its survival is testimony to the maturity and skill in crafts in the early eighteenth century. It is one of the great architectural and artistic masterpieces of Slovakia.

Slovak National Uprising Monument
The Museum of the Slovak National Uprising was built in Banska Bystrica in 1969 and was declared a national cultural heritage monument in 1982. The museum holds a unique permanent exhibition covering the period from 1918 to 1948 entitled “Slovakia in the anti-fascist resistance movement in Europe in the years 1939–1945” It presents the important role that Slovakia played during these years. Visitors can imagine the times of the 1944 Slovak National Uprising through exhibits of contemporary clothing, weapons and documents, which have been preserved in their original condition. Video presentations illustrate the key moments in the Slovak National Uprising.

Pusty hrad
Pusty hrad (which means “deserted castle”) in the hills above Zvolen was once one of the largest castles by area in central Europe. From its hilltop location, it is possible to see the whole of the Zvolen basin, the hills around Polana and the Kremnicke Vrchy mountains. It was built in a time when the area had to be defended from numerous invaders including Tatars and Turks. Archaeologists have uncovered the original walls, which give an idea of the castle’s size. Archaeological investigations are continuing at the site and continue to reveal new finds that shed more light on its rich past.

Spania Dolina
Spania Dolina is a historic mining community not far from Banska Bystrica which was declared a folk architecture conservation area in 1979. The village is dominated by the spoil heaps that were created during mining operations. The spoil heaps from the Maximilian, Ferdinand and Ludovik mines completely transformed the shape of the valley and almost the whole village now stands on spoil, of which there is a staggering 725,000 m3 in the valley. Other landmarks in the area include the thirteenth century Church of the Transfiguration of the Virgin Mary and the Chapel of the Holy Sepulchre, Slovakia’s only copy of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.