Once known as a place to ‘take the waters’, the Czech Republic’s natural mineral springs have long been popular for their health-giving properties. Naturally, this has also given rise to an abundance of world-renowned spas. From the opulent spa towns of the West Bohemian Spa Triangle to the hot springs of Lázně Teplice, there’s plenty of opportunity to indulge in some well-deserved pampering. Join us as we take a tour of the best spas in the Czech Republic, journeying from the capital of Prague to Karlovy Vary, Mariánské Lázně, and beyond. We can feel our muscles relaxing already.
While there are many spas in the Czech Republic, you don’t need to venture outside of the capital to experience world-class pampering. Recharge your batteries closer to home at Apollo Day Spa at Corinthia Hotel Prague. A tranquil escape in the heart of the city, the spa is the ideal place to unwind after a day of sightseeing. Select from a wide range of massages, facials and therapies and feel stress melt away.
At foot of the Krušné Mountains sits Lázně Teplice, home to some of Czech Republic’s oldest natural hot springs. Savvy locals have used the mineral-rich thermal waters for their healing qualities since the 12th century and the spa offers a variety of treatments including underwater massages which take place, you guessed it, in thermal waters. Located just an hour outside of Prague, the spa is worth a visit, especially if you’ve pulled a muscle straining to look up at the capital’s magnificent Gothic churches.
Known as the jewel of the West Bohemian Spa Triangle, Karlovy Vary is the largest and most famous spa town in the Czech Republic. Founded by Charles IV in the 14th century after the discovery of its springs, the town is home to a giant spa that’s famous for its beautiful architecture. As well as performing classic spa treatments to relax and rejuvenate guests, the historic spa also offers curative and medicinal therapies for those suffering from a variety of health conditions.
Just beyond Karlovy Vary lies Mariánské Lázně, a spa town with about 40 mineral springs and sheltered by picturesque pavilions and colonnades. Some of the best-known springs are Ruloph Spring, Forest Spring and Ferdinand Spring – each of which is alleged to cure certain ailments. Ambrose Spring, for example, has particularly high levels of iron so is believed to treat conditions like anaemia, while the heavily mineralised Cross Spring – nicknamed “Salt” due to its salty taste – is said to help ease digestion.
The third point on the spa town triangle is Františkovy Lázně. While it may be the smallest, its neo-Classical colonnades and landscaped parks ensure it’s just as beautiful as its neighbours. Františkovy Lázně has an abundance of excellent natural healing resources, such as mud baths, mineral springs and carbonic baths – gaseous baths built on natural carbon dioxide springs.