The Czech Republic can safely claim superpower status when it comes to spas. Thanks to centuries of utilizing natural resources found locally, top-quality care, revolutionary medical techniques and the wonderful atmosphere of elegant Czech spa towns, in the 19th century “taking a cure” in Bohemia was the talk of Europe’s fashionable salons. Those days the most illustrious personalities gathered at the Czech spas; they included Goethe, Chopin, Metternich, Twain, King of England Edward VII and Russian Tsar Peter the Great.
A trio of towns with an unmatched feel
The famous West Bohemian spa triangle, made up of the towns of Karlovy Vary, Františkovy lázně and Mariánské Lázně, enjoys special status in the Czech spa industry. Candidates for inclusion by UNESCO on its world cultural heritage list, these three towns still display the magnificence and grandeur of the spa’s golden age. The region also boasts other spas at Kynžvart and the first radon spa in the world at Jáchymov.
Let yourself be pampered…
The West Bohemian spa triangle is an area to which people from around the world have come for centuries to recharge their batteries, unwind and breathe fresh life into fatigued frames. Thanks to the area’s mineral-rich springs, whose waters possess medicinal qualities, people come to treat problems with the muscular-skeletal system, the cardiovascular system and infertility. Between spa procedures you can enjoy a round of golf, take a bike ride or head out for some horse riding. You can also just have a relaxing stroll in the shade of the colonnades or try some of the local specialities such as herb liqueur and spa wafers.
West Bohemia isn’t just about famous spa towns. You can combine a visit with a trip to many other historical towns, among which medieval Cheb is one of the finest. The Plzeň Region, and in particular the city of Plzeň, has been lauded around the world for its unsurpassed beer.