The miraculous springs of Czechia's spas

The miraculous springs of Czechia's spas


The miraculous springs of Czechia's spas
Sometimes it's hard to heal until we go right to the source. Thankfully, there are vast sources of rich mineral water in Czechia. Active holiday or a spa break? Have both at once.
The healing power of natural springs in today's Czech Republic was already known to the ancient Romans and Celts. Goethe, Beethoven, famous movie stars and influential aristocrats walked down their colonnades. Luxury, comfort and top service, which were enjoyed by the rich and famous, are waiting for you in a modern form. Got yourself packed yet?

Relax like an aristocrat or world-famous movie star

Spas have always been a popular destination for Europe‘s cream of the crop. Famous aristocrats, philosophers and well-known artists enjoyed the comfort, rich social life and countless romances here. Goethe met his beloved Ulrika for the first time here, the famous Beethoven composed the 9th Symphony here, and the Russian Tsar Alexander or the Austrian Empress Sisi came here regularly to draw new energy. And the tradition continues! Today, celebrities heading to the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival secure the annual excitement. In recent years, for example, Johnny Depp, Robert Pattinson or Uma Thurman have all visited here. We'll leave it up to you to write your own story here.

A triangle within UNESCO

Hundreds of thousands of guests visit the area of West Czechia with the spa towns of Karlovy Vary, Mariánské Lázně and Františkovy Lázně every year. Amidst the beautiful parks and noble colonnades, they indulge in top service attested to for centuries and based on the latest technology. The strength of the tradition of the so-called spa triangle is confirmed by the fact that it found itself in the select company of European spas inscribed on the UNESCO World Cultural and on Natural Heritage List.

Czech spa record-makers

The oldest Czech spa is Teplice, which was founded in the 12th century. The Jáchymov Spa boasts the title of oldest radon spa in the world. The highest placed Czech spa can be found in the picturesque Karlova Studánka at the foot of Praděd in the Jeseníky Mountains, and the most famous spa in Karlovy Vary boasts the largest concentration of healing hot springs in the world. You will find more than 80 of them here. The warmest of them, the Vřídlo spring, has a record 73°C.

Our tip: immerse yourself in beer and grow young!

Are you looking for something special? Then you might like to make a visit to the beer spa. Beer is a Czech phenomenon, so it is no wonder that its positive effects are also employed in spas. Immerse your body in a beer bath and treat your skin to natural antioxidants that help soothe and regenerate it. We guarantee that you will feel a few years younger. Then don't forget to pack Czech beer cosmetics on your way home. They can provide for a pleasant keepsake of your holiday or become an original gift for that someone special for Christmas.

Taste the gifts of Mother Earth

We have a lot of mineral springs here in Czechia. Some are cold, warm and others even hot, but each is unique, and the different waters can be used to treat various ailments. All the springs are protected natural resources, and their water is pumped from a great depth, meaning the water is guaranteed to be pure. It’s best to just visit a spa town and taste the mineral water at its freshest, but if you don't happen to be in the area, just go to the supermarket and buy some bottled mineral water.

One highly popular mineral water is Vincentka from Luhačovice in Moravia, which is famous for its healing benefits for the respiratory system and digestive tract, and also to aid the treatment of metabolic disorders. Its composition makes it suitable for drinking treatments and inhalation therapy, and it’s widely used for rinsing out the mouth or nose.

The Mill Spring in Karlovy Vary is famous for being high in bicarbonates, sulphates, chlorides and sodium. This water is traditionally used in Karlovy Vary for medicinal purposes and is especially good for treating digestive and metabolic problems.

Poděbradka, from the spa town of Poděbrady, on the other hand, is mainly used to treat heart disease. And what to drink in Moravia? Try Ondrášovka, which is high in natural calcium and helps to heal injuries and fractures, or Hanácká kyselka, which has a more acidic pH and so has a beneficial effect on the digestive tract, aids digestion and helps maintain balance in the body.

And how often should you drink mineral water? It’s best to drink smaller amounts from time to time, unless your doctor tells you otherwise. As it is high in minerals and salts in general, this water isn’t intended for daily consumption and certainly not to be drunk regularly by children. It is supposed to aid a prescribed course of treatment or be drunk at times of increased physical and mental exertion. It is excellent after doing sports or in extremely hot weather, when the body needs to be kept topped up with the minerals it needs.