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Karlovy Vary

The Czech Republic has a centuries-long tradition in spa treatment and during the years has earned an exceptional reputation, also thanks to several hundred natural springs and large deposits of mineral-rich mud.

Especially throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, Czech spas were among popular places in Europe and were visited by a number of royalty and famous people. We can name, for example, Czar Peter the Great, King Edward VII of England, Austrian Emperor Franz Josef I, composers Bach, Beethoven, and Chopin, writers Goethe, Schiller, and Mark Twain, and other great minds of that time.

In the new era after the fall of communism, Czech spa companies were privatised and spas brought back into their previous glory. Buildings were restored, facilities upgraded, and new programs introduced. Today, Czech spas welcome visitors from around the world.

The main reasons for spending some time at a Czech spa include:

  • benefits for your body and soul
  • Czech spa towns offer beautiful historic architecture, natural scenery and social life
  • good value of money

Třeboň

The medieval town of Třeboň lies amid the rolling countryside of South Bohemia. The town is often dubbed the ‘town of lakes’ and the surrounding area the ‘mirror country’ thanks to the number of picturesque lakes. The Třeboň area is a UNESCO biosphere reservation and a protected area. The spa, the Renaissance chateau, the historical centre, the surrounding parkland and the large Svět Lake form a unique and unforgettable townscape. The fishing industry and fish farming are evident wherever one looks and in the local fish restaurants visitors can sample local fish specialities. Various culinary events in the nearby gazebo are popular among spa guests.

Natural curative resources, indications

Top quality mineral-rich mud with high concentrations of sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium as well as other organic materials such as sacharids, cellulose and humic acid is used to treat musculoskeletal problems, rheumatism and post-operation and post-injury conditions. source: www.czechtourism.com

Free time activities

Swimming pools, gyms, fitness centres, solariums, tennis courts, a riding centre, angling, watersports, water sports, hiking and cycling trails and a sports hire centre are all on hand in Třeboň. Visitors can also go on boat trips on Svět Lake and Hejtman Lake.

Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad)

Carlsbad is the main spa town in West Bohemia. It was founded around 1350 by Holy Roman Emperor and King of Bohemia, Charles IV. Its grand thoroughfares and colonnades are surrounded by tranquil wooded hills. A busy social calendar, numerous festivals and international conferences make this spa town popular among the rich and famous. Carlsbad’s fame is also partly down to the famous Becherovka liqueur, the Mattoni brand of mineral water, Carlsbad spa wafers and Moser crystal ware. The nearby international airport makes the town easy to reach.

Natural curative resources, indications

Carlsbad’s 12 springs are rich in sodium, bicarbonate and sulphates. The different springs are very similar to each other as far as chemical composition is concerned but come out of the ground at different temperatures and contain differing amounts of CO2. Mineral-rich mud from a nearby source is also used in treatments. The water and mud are used to treat patients with digestive and musculoskeletal problems‚ diabetes and obesity.

Free time activities

18-hole golf course in beautiful natural surroundings – the oldest golf club in Bohemia, golf hall equipped with simulators; tennis courts; indoor and outdoor swimming pools; snooker, bowling and riding facilities and modern shooting range. The town also has museums with exhibitions devoted to nature, spas, porcelain and glass, a cinema, a theatre, dance halls, casinos and nightclubs. There are also regular concerts on the colonnades and in local churches. source: www.czechtourism.com

Mariánské Lázně

Marienbad lies in a beautiful wide valley in West Bohemia. Marienbad enjoys an excellent reputation around the world both for its treatment methods and effective natural curative resources, and for its picturesque, enchanting surroundings. Almost 100 cold springs have been discovered in and around the town, all with a high concentration of CO2; some were discovered as early as the 16th century. A real pearl among the local neo-classical buildings is the spa colonnade erected in 1889; the spa district is dominated by the so-called ‘Singing Fountain’ which provides entertainment in the form of music and light performances.

Natural curative resources, indications

The local springs have various chemical compositions; they contain CO2 and traces of calcium, iron and magnesium. Mud and gas are also used in treatments. The spa specializes in the treatment of kidney, urinal and respiratory disease, musculoskeletal problems, diabetes, oncological problems and gynecological disorders.

Free time activities

Marienbad can boast the second oldest golf course in Europe founded by King Edward VII of England in 1905. There is also a mini golf course, tennis courts, swimming pools, saunas, solariums, fitness centres, a riding school, yachting, a sports equipment hire centre, angling, hunting, skiing, speedway and hiking, cyclingand cross-country skiing trails. Tourists can also visit the local museum with exhibitions on the town’s history, an open air geological park, the Fryderyk Chopin memorial, a theatre, cinema, concert hall, music venues, galleries, discotheques, casinos and amusement arcades as well as taking sightseeing flights over the town. source: www.czechtourism.com

Janské Lázně

The small spa town is located in mountainuous area 519 meters above sea level. In 1935 a children’s spa was opened here specializing in the treatment of cerebral palsy (the first institution of its kind in Europe) and was based on Warm Springs in the USA. The wonderful neo-Renaissance colonnade with art nouveau features, the park with its tranquil hideaways, moats and summer houses and the small cafes in the woods are an unmissable experience for every visitor to the spa.

Natural curative resources, indications

Natural mineral bicarbonate springs rich in calcium, sodium and radioactive elements are used to treat patients with complex nervous disorders and musculoskeletal disorders caused by cerebral palsy or burns.

Free time activities

The surrounding area is a great place for all kinds of sports. There are top ski centres with all kinds of cable cars and ski lifts, downhill slopes and cross-country courses, mini golf, a swimming pool, sports equipment hire and a network of cycle trails. source: www.czechtourism.com
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