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SK: Bojnice – A Spa Town with a Famous Chateau – VIDEO

Published: 15.8.2017
Bojnice is certainly one of the most famous towns in western Slovakia – it is for its curative baths, a chateau which might well be taken from some beautiful fairy tale, or the oldest Zoo in the country.

Let's begin at the chateau. Its high towers with green roofs are easy to see already from afar. Originally, there was a Gothic-style castle on its place. First documented evidence comes from the year 1113. In the 16th century, the then owner Frantisek Turzo rebuilt the castle into a Renaissance chateau. A hundred years later, Baroque features were added to the chateau. For instance, it was then when the unique Baroque chapel was built with unique stucca vault  with a religious-themed frescoe.

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The last great reconstruction which gave the chateau is Gothic revival looks took place at the turn of the 20th century. It was the time when Jan Frantisek Palffy, the last Feudal owner owned the chateau. Today, the chateau belongs to the Slovak National Museum. Large share of the chateau is accessible via some of the guided tours on offer.

zámek   zámek

A vast chateau park belong to this chateau. A rare 700 year old lime tree grows in front of the park entrance. It could be Slovakia's oldest. A zoo garden with many exotic animal species belongs to the park too.

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Bojnice is a spa town featuring many curative, warm springs. The very first baths were founded here in the 16th century. However, it was only around the year 1900 when the spa industry saw its boom. Today, there are several houses where treatments take place houses, pools, or Cajka and Janovy kupele thermal pools.

kaple sv. Jana Nepomuckého   kostel sv. Martina z Thur a kaple sv. Jana Nepomuckého

Bojnice sees various interesting culture event every summer such as "Hornonitrianske kulturne leto" which takes place at the local amphitheater. The entire town is  léto se také v Bojnicích koná několik zajímavých kulturních akcí, mimo jiné „Hornonitrianske kultúrne leto“ v místním amfiteátru. Celé město je ale v první řadě oázou klidu a pohody a také skvělou základnou pro výlety po celém Hornonitrianském regionu.

Bojnice   Bojnice

GPS: 48°46'48.8"N 18°34'43.6"E

Text, photos, and video: Matouš Vinš 

Hudba: Scott Holmes



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