Bojnice is a historical town in central Slovakia, near the city of Prievidza. The town is situated below the Bojnice Chateau. It has population of circa 4,983. Bojnice is best known for its tourist attractions: the oldest zoo in Slovakia, the most visited castle, and one of the oldest spa towns in Slovakia.
The ZOO(one of only four in Slovakia) was founded in 1955. In 2006 it had 355 different species and more than 1,800 animals.
The Bojnice Chateau, first mentioned in 1113 and originally built as a wooden fort, it was over time built as a stone castle and in the 20th century in the Romantic style. Today, it is a popular tourist attraction.
Bojnice is also known for its spa. The therapeutic springs were mentioned in 1549 for the first time. Today they treat patients with disorders of the locomotor system, with rheumatic diseases, post traumatic conditions, conditions after orthopaedic disturbances of the spine of adolescents, neurological diseases and occupational diseases.