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Lúčky

THE LÚČKY spa lies at the foot of the Chočské Vrchy mountains in northern Slovakia. Its warm springs have attracted people to this otherwise cold region for centuries, including local peasants who soaked hemp in them. In 1761, local yeoman Adam Turjanský erected the first spa there.

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THE LÚČKY spa lies at the foot of the Chočské Vrchy mountains in northern Slovakia. Its warm springs have attracted people to this otherwise cold region for centuries, including local peasants who soaked hemp in them. In 1761, local yeoman Adam Turjanský erected the first spa there. But he wasn't particularly business-minded, so it fell into disrepair by the beginning of the 19th century.

The spa's situation improved in the middle of the century, when the prefect of the Likavka estate brought in a new, brickwork building. But these owners were too business-minded, and the quality of its medical services was poor. As late as between the World Wars, Lúčky did not even have its own doctor, but imported one occasionaly from a remote village.

The spa only attained a high standard after the Second World War.

Nowadays, it is the only spa in Slovakia that treats gynaecological diseases.


By Branislav Chovan

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