Guide to Czechia’s Natural Thermal Springs
The Czech Republic, also known as Czechia, is a small country in central Europe with a handful of hot spring options for interested travelers. Stopping by the thermal springs, or anywhere really, is quite safe in the nation of Czechia.
The country ranks as one of the safest countries for foreign travelers to visit. There are three regions that hold the majority of the hot springs spots and we’ll give you a rundown on each region: Karlovy Vary; Velké Losiny; Nové Město.
Thermal Springs in Karlovy Vary
In and around Karlovy Vary you’ll find Park Colonnade, a whitewashed, high-ceilinged but open-air set of shops and buildings. Previous guests to this part of the Czech Republic have said it’s easy to forget you’re in the modern age while strolling the Park Colonnade.
The cobbled street will eventually lead you to a drinking well that bubbles with hot spring water. The undiluted water tastes salty due to the high mineral content and guests are warned not to try to dip plastic cups in the well. Instead, the small stores along the walkway sell ceramic cups with built-in straws expressly made for this purpose.
Nearby is Vřídelní kolonáda, a structure dedicated to enjoying all thermal springs have to offer. Here you can bathe in the therapeutic water, sip a cup of hot springs liquid that has been cooled for your enjoyment, and have your skin misted by a mineral water geyser.
A structure has stood in this spot, in one form or another, since 1774, allowing those seeking healing to flock to drink or soak in the hot spring.
More Hot Springs in Karlovy Vary:
- Spring №9 Libuše
- Spring №8 Prince Wenceslas
- Mill Colonnade
- Spring №5 Market Spring
- Spring №1 Hot Spring
Thermal Springs in Velké Losiny
Farther east is Losiny Thermal Spa, a busy complex that caters to family members of every age. There are wading pools and outdoor slides for the children, all of which utilize water from the hot spring. Specialty therapies are available for older folks as well, ones that specifically target back and joint pain.
There are two main indoor spas and hotels, called Hotel ELIŠKA and Villa GAZÁRKA. The entire campus sits within a forest with a view of the Jeseníky mountains.
Thermal Springs in Nové Město
Near the heart of the nation, there’s GRAND RELAX Spa & Wellness & Medical / Thermal Spa / Beer Spa. As advertised, you can enjoy a hot soak with a cold beer. This combination has led to GRAND RELAX becoming a popular site for bachelor/bachelorette parties in Prague.
The private tubs are filled with thermal mineral water but you can also get thermal foot hydrotherapy services, mineral peeling rituals, and sip spring water from ceramic cups similar to those sold at Park Collonade. With 30 plus different types of massage offered, it’s easy to see how visitors can spend all day decompressing at GRAND RELAX SPA.
Visit the Czech Republic
Visit the beautiful hot springs in Czechia, where you’ll also find a surfeit of castles, the most in one European nation in fact. The largest of these is Prague Castle, which draws sightseers from all over the world. Another castle, Orlik Castle, sits above the Orlik Reservoir, a huge dam that allows for a variety of watersports.
Both speed boats and paddleboards are expected to share the space. It’s an amazing place to visit if, after a relaxing soak in the hot springs, you’re looking for something adventurous to round out your trip.
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