VYHNE spa in the Štiavnické vrchy hills is among the many Slovak spas that have disappeared over the centuries. Hot springs were accidentally discovered here during the mining of iron ore. When digging a road at the foot of a hill, the miners struck the springs. The first two pools and spa buildings were built by the local miners.
How society in those days was divided can be seen in the fact that one of the spa buildings was meant for ordinary people and the other was reserved for nobles.
The glory days of the Vyhne spa are connected with the Rosl family, especially as the chamber count and mayor of Banská Štiavnica contributed to the success of the spa.
The Vyhne spa experienced its best days in the 18th century when as many as 600 visitors stayed at the complex. Their number declined gradually in the next century and the spa struggled to survive in the 20th century and later became desolate and abandoned.
Today there is an aquapark in the small town but it has no historical link to the original buildings.
The typical architecture of one of the spa buildings can be seen on this postcard from before World War I.
23. Aug 2010 at 0:00 | By Branislav Chovan