THE BUILDING of a holiday resort began in 1880 in Kvetnica – near the eastern Slovak town of Poprad – under the patronage of the mayor of Poprad, Eduard Graff. After some time and much effort, a spa resort developed.
Its clean air, the peacefulness of its abundant nature and a pristine environment were enjoyed by railway employees who often came here after World War I for treatment of tuberculosis. Other pulmonary diseases were treated at the spa for several more decades.
But the captivating environment of Kvetnica had been discovered by people long before the spa emerged at this location. Centuries ago a castle was mentioned at a place called Zámčisko. Unfortunately, this fortification no longer exists and we do not know much about it.
In the 19th century, the Great Hungarian Carpathian Association wrote about Zámčisko that Count Albín Csáki, master of the castle, had constructed a shelter with an observation tower on the top of the hill.
From this slightly romantic, colourised postcard, we can see how Kvetnica looked just after World War I.
3. Aug 2009 at 0:00 | Branislav Chovan