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Czech Spas: The Tested Combination of Science and Nature    
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Several centuries of history, over thirty spa centres in the country, hundreds of curative springs and rich deposits of peloids – all this makes the Czech Republic one of the international Spa Superpowers. Like any Superpower, this one also has several primacies to its credit.

 

Nowhere else in the world can you find such a concentration of curative springs as in the West Bohemian spa triangle, which consists of the three famous spa towns: Karlovy Vary, Mari­ánské Lázně, and Františkovy Lázně. This list of unique venues would not be complete without Jáchymov and Jeseník. In 1906, experts in Jáchymov continued the scientific discoveries made by Marie Curie, being the first in the world to start using the curative effects of radon-rich waters. Jeseník is famous thanks to Vincenz Priessnitz, who founded the first hydrotherapeutic institute here in 1822.

What makes the Czech spa industry so unique? It is mainly the combination of high-quality medical care, progressive curative and rehabilitation methods with the use of natural elements: mineral waters, curative peloids (peat and mud), and natural gases, as well as the positive effect of the climate. Czech spas welcome visitors all the year round, but at the beginning of May the spa season begins ceremonially and the curative springs are symbolically reopened.

 

Spa Programmes for Everyone

 

Relaxation from work duties and stress,  treatment of ailments or regaining strength during convalescence –the reasons for visiting spas differ, as do the spa programmes which adapt to these needs. Today their options do not cover only classic spa stays and programmes for seniors or children, but also include popular wellness programmes. These are usually made to measure and you can try, for example, programmes for managers, anti-stress programmes, weight-loss programmes, detoxification or wellness and beauty programmes. Czech spas promote medical wellness—a harmonious combination of natural curative resources and qualified medical care for many wellness procedures, as well as other supplementary activities (golf, Nordic walking etc.).

 

Karlovy Vary – the Largest Czech Spa Town

 

Karlovy Vary, the most famous Czech spa, is a popular place for relax­ation for clients from around the world. The attraction of the town is increased by significant cultural events. At the beginning of July, film stars and film fans gather here to experience the unique atmosphere of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (www.kviff.com). In October, it is specialists in the field of tourism and the spa industry who meet here at an event known as Karlovy Vary Week. Apart from the Spa Conference and Spa Festival (www.spalife.info), the Karlovy Vary Week also includes the world’s oldest festival of tourism films – TOURFILM (www.tourfilm.cz).

 

Foreign Tourists

Tourists and spa guests from abroad represent a significant target group for the Czech spa industry. According to the data of the Czech Statistical Office, during the first half of 2011 the majority of visitors to Czech spa facilities were visitors from Germany, Russia, followed by the Ukraine, Austria, Slovakia and Poland. For example, Russian visitors to the Karlovy Vary spa take advantage of the International Airport which has direct links to Saint Petersburg and Moscow. Prague’s Ruzyně Airport provides direct regular airline links to over 100 destinations.

 

Further information about the different spas is available on the websites of the CzechTourism Agency (www.czechtourism.com, link Spa holiday), where you can download free of charge the current Spa Catalogue in Czech, English, German, and Russian, or on the websites http://spa.czechtourism.com, and www.spas.cz.