When you enter Železná studnička national park, take the turn left towards Kačín. These inconspicuous historic cellars, sunk on the slope opposite the Rotunda, were built in the 18th century. At that time, the spa was run by hotelier Jakub Palugyay, the son of an impoverished country family.
As for the Železná studnička icehouses, Palugyay made them a fancy place for excursions with excellent cuisine. During deep winter frosts, ice from the nearby Vydrica stream was used to cool food, beer, wine. And also the famous Jacqueson champagne.
The wine trade really took off after being favoured by members of the ruling family. Palugyay becoming the imperial court supplier in 1871.
These atypical icehouses were restored by City Forests Bratislava in cooperation with the Bratislava Tourist Board. They were cleaned, replastered, vaulted structures renovated, and non-original additions removed. These unique drinking holes are available for various public as well as local winemakers. To present their bottled pride and joy from the vineyards.