Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

HISTORY TALKS...

Electric railway connected Teplice spa with Teplá in 1909

FOR THE POPULAR spa town of Trenčianske Teplice, a connection to the main railway track crossing the Považie region became a must as early as during the Austro-Hungarian Empire. By 1909, the spa’s industrious management, Hungarian banks and local nobility had set up a connection between Teplice and Trenčianska Teplá, which was located six kilometres away.

FOR THE POPULAR spa town of Trenčianske Teplice, a connection to the main railway track crossing the Považie region became a must as early as during the Austro-Hungarian Empire. By 1909, the spa’s industrious management, Hungarian banks and local nobility had set up a connection between Teplice and Trenčianska Teplá, which was located six kilometres away.

The ceremony to mark the opening of the new 760-mm gauge electric railway took place in Teplice on July 27 that year.

The railway was the first of its kind in Central Europe, so despite offering free travel, mothers were “wringing their hands, praying that their children not be hurt by the devilish machine”.
A journey from Teplá to Teplice took 25 minutes. Today, after a few small adjustments to the railway, it takes only 19 minutes.

This postcard from 1950s shows the little train surrounded by smartly dressed people. Apparently it was Sunday, and they were heading to church. The women in the foreground were wearing traditional folk costumes, while those behind them were in rather modern clothes.

Top stories

LGBTI people in the regions: We change people’s minds

Bratislava will dress up in rainbow colours this August again, for the seventh time. This will be for the Bratislava Dúhový Pride diversity festival. But the colours of the rainbow are less bright in the regions,…

Slovakia’s LGBTI community seeks to expand their rights.

Things that make us different also make us stronger

On August 19, a rainbow flag will fly over the US Embassy in Bratislava to represent the firm commitment of the United States to defending the human rights of LGBTI people, writes Ambassador Sterling.

The rainbow flag flew over the US Embassy in Bratislava in 2016.

Blog: 5 things you should do on your visit to the north of Slovakia Photo

Here is a list of tips by an experienced tour guide - including things you have probably not tried before.

Bratislava growing high Photo

High-rise buildings sprouting up in Bratislava

Visualisation of the future skyline of Bratislava