West Bohemian Spa Triangle - the most exceptional health spa region in the Czech Republic

By: Vojta Zaruba

One time in a while, everyone needs to lie back and relax. Merely to sleep and take a break in sweet repose. Have a massage, enjoy one's day. The West Bohemian Spa Triangle is a great location for the renewal of your soul and body.

The long-subsided volcanic activity on the border of the Slavkov Forest was accompanied by the origin of mineral springs that have made the region of West Bohemia recognized around the earth. While Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad) , established by the celebrated Czech ruler Charles IV, is the most outstanding spa city here, there are some further no less exceptional spa towns in the area that are particularly admired with both people with some disorders and tourists. Although the advantageous outcomes of the local springs had supposedly turn out to be recognized in as early as the 10th century, spas did not in fact blossom until a lot later, in the nineteenth century. At the same time, Franzienbad was established at the very end of the 18th century, followed by the setting up of Marienbad, accordingly completing the "Spa Triangle". Local and foreign visitors alike have been coming to get pleasure from the indigenous mineral springs for hundreds of years; the visitors' book of the spa resorts take in the names of monarchs such as the English king Edward VII, Napoleon III, legendary composers such as Fryderyk Chopin and Richard Wagner, writers such as Johann W. Goethe, Mark Twain and Franz Kafka, or for example the respected Moravian-born originator of psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud. However there is much more. You can as well enjoy the rich cultural service, set off for biking, mountain climbing and seeing the sights trips, play tennis as well as golf, ride a horse, try water sports activities in summer time and cross-country skiing in winter.

Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad / Karlsbad)

Carlsbad is the best recognized spa city positioned in West Bohemia. It was established nearly 1350 by the Holy Roman Emperor and King of Bohemia, Charles 4. Its impressive roads and colonnades are surrounded by calm forested hills crisscrossed by hiking and cycling ways that are best for pleasurable walks all year round.
A tiring cultural events calendar, many festivals and international conferences make Karlsbad the largest and liveliest spa town in the Czech Republic visited not only by the spa-goers but also celebs. Karlsbad achieved its fame also thanks to its well-known natural liqueur called Becherovka (nicknamed "The thirteenth Spring"), Mattoni mineral water, distinctive spa wafers, and Moser crystal work.
The therapeutic mineral water from the springs in the valley of the Tepla River have been used by public from time immemorial - both for consuming as well as bathing.

Marianske Lazne (Marienbad)

The city of Marienbad (Marianske Lazne) locates in a stunning wide valley in West Bohemia, 628 meters above sea level. An approximately 20 km wide strip of forest with various hiking trails passes right throughout the spa town.
Marienbad enjoys an superb reputation all over the world both for its treatment methods and efficient natural curative sources, as well as for its scenic, delightful surroundings. Almost 100 old springs have been revealed in and all-around the city, all with high concentration of CO2. Some were revealed as early as in the sixteenth century.
A sincere gem among the local neoclassical buildings is the spa town colonnade built in 1889. The spa area is dominated by the so-called 'Singing Fountain' entertaining the passers-by with music and light performances.
Marianske Lazne launched its 1st spa season in 1808, but quickly became a fashionable resort among Europe's elite. Amongst its clients were English Ruler Edward VII., Polish composer & pianist Fryderyk Chopin and German poet Goethe.
The local spas focus in treating musculoskeletal disorders, as well as disorders of the urinary tract, kidney and gynecological problems. The services are based on natural resources - cold ferrite acidulous water, natural gas, CO2 and mud.

Frantiskovy Lazne (Franzienbad)

Franzienbad (Frantiskovy Lazne), founded in 1793, is a worldwide famous spa town located in the western area of the Czech Republic. Thankfulness to its neoclassical spa buildings and pavilions the town preserved the unique atmosphere of the early 20th century and is regarded as one of the most charming spa town in the land.
The area offers moderate local climate, unpolluted atmosphere as well as no noise town life. Many parks around the town with its promenades and musicians are a ideal location for restful walks. All these issues add to the remedial effects of the local mineral springs so as to every year attract numerous spa-guests.

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Author is a Czech Spa expert. Author is the head therapist of Spa-resorts.cz, leader in organizing spa resort retreats in Czech spa cities such as Carlsbad, Marienbad, Franzienbad and etc.

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