Piestany

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Introduction

Piestany - Spa Island

Piestany - Spa Island

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Piestany is a town about 45 minutes by car from Bratislava, which is most famous for the collection of Spa's, that make up the Spa Island.

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Sights and Activities

Spa Island

The main sight in Piestany is the Spa Island. On the island you will find a couple of different Spa's and hotels that belong to it. The most luxurious is the Thermia Palace Hotel, which was built alongside the Irma Spa, which was the first on this spot. A little bit further you will find the Napoleon Spa buildings. One to the left and one to the right. It is slightly cheaper than the Irma Spa, but it lacks the atmosphere of the old building. On the rest of the island you will find other spa's and hotels, a swimming pool, and a nice park to take walks in.

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Events and Festivals

Thermia Palace

Thermia Palace

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Getting There

By Plane

Although Piestany has an airport, there are currently no passenger flights going to and from Piestany. The best option is therefor to fly to Bratislava Airport, and connect to Piestany by car, train or bus.

By Train

By train the journey from Bratislava will take just under an hour. For more information and tickets you can check the website of ZSR

By Car

By car, Piestany is reached in about 45 minutes on the D1 coming from Bratislava. As an alternative, or if you don't want to pay the toll for the Slovak motorways, you can take regional road 61.

By Bus

There is a daily connection from Bratislava to Piestany at 8.00am, carried out by Slovak Lines, which will take about 1.5 hours.

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Getting Around

By Car

Piestany is small enough, to get around in without a car so the best thing is to park it. A good spot for this is at the parking at the Aupark shopping center, where the costs for parking are just 50 cents. (If you want you can leave the car there for the rest of the day.)

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Eat

A 5-minute drive from Piestany (over the bridge near to the Spa Island, and then go to the left), you will find a restaurant called Furman. It offers good food against a reasonable price, and as an extra treat you can watch the deers and some other animals that are kept on the grounds, while having lunch or dinner.

Opposite the town on a hill lies restaurant Koliba, which has a nice panoramic view over the town. Besides that the food is also very nice.

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Drink

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Sleep

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Keep Connected

Internet

Wifi and broadband can be found more or less everywhere, and there will be an internet cafe available somewhere even in smaller towns. Also, hostels, pubs, cafes, and some public institutions such as libraries or government buildings offer (free) wifi.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The international calling code for Slovakia is +421. In case of an emergency, call the universal number 112. You can also call directly on 150 for fire brigade, 155 in a medical emergency or 158 for the police.

Slovak phones operate on the GSM standard, which covers most of the country, and 3G covers most of the area. The coverage is surprisingly good, and you will often have signal even in mountain areas, unless you are in a deep ravine. There are three main operators - Orange, T-mobile and O2, and they all use 900 or 1800Mhz standard, which might not be compatible with some U.S. phones operating on 1900Mhz.

They all (along with some virtual operators, biggest of which are Funfón and Tesco Mobile) offer a variety of prepaid cards with various "pay as you go" schemes (some market research is advised, if you want the best deal) and incentives. If you have an unlocked phone, these are easy to pick up in any phone shop, or you can purchase a cheap phone with a prepaid card included.

There are still some phone boxes available, but with mobile phones now commonplace, they are declining in number. Also note that you might need to purchase a prepaid card to use some of them.

Post

Slovenská pošta is the national postal service of Slovakia. They have affordable, reliable and relatively fast services. You can choose to send letters/postcards first (express) or second class. Prices start at €0.40 for a second class letter (up to 50 gram) domestically, €0.60 for express services. Within Europe prices start at €0.90 (Czech Republic €0.80), outside Europe prices start at €1.00, all for second class letters/postcards up to 50 grams. Post offices are available in all villages and provide banking services like money transfers as well. The post offices are usually open from Monday to Friday 8:00am to 6:00pm and on Saturday until 1:00pm. The main post offices in larger towns or shopping malls are open daily to 8:00pm. It is possible to buy post stamps for post cards and letters directly in the post offices or in some newspaper stands.
You can use parcels services with Slovenská Posta as well, although you might be better off with companies like UPS, TNT, FedEx or DHL, which offer similar prices, but usually faster and more reliable services.

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Accommodation in Piestany

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