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Spas in the Czech Republic

The Czech Republic abounds with healing springs, and as early as the Middle Ages, spa towns were estabilished on such places.

The most attractive and most popular are the three located in the west of the country – Karlovy Vary, Františkovy Lázně and Mariánské Lázně.

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Karlovy Vary – the most famous of them – was set up in the 14th century by the Emperor Karel IV and patients from all over the world have been coming there, especially those with stomach, gallbladder and liver disorders. There are about 80 springs, but only twelve are in use. The town is also famous for glassware of the brand Moser, porcelain, and the herbal liqueur called Becherovka.

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Mariánské Lázně, with it’s numerous parks and flower beds which make it one of the most attractive Czech spa towns, is a popular venue for patients suffering from kidney disorders, asthma, or nervous diseases. In addition, disorders of the joints, urinary system, and skin diseases are treated there. The mineral springs date back to the 16th century. There are up to 40 cold springs, and the water is used for both drinking and bathing. The town boasts a number of monuments and sculptures of some of the famous personalities of the past who came to have their disorders treated (Goethe, Chopin, Gogol).

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Located in the middle of woods and parks, Františkovy Lázně is a famous spa for patients with women and heart diseases. The springs there date back to as early as the 12th century. Their number amounts of 24, František Spring being the strongest. There is a famous statue of a little boy called František nearby, and this is the symbol of the spa town. The poet Goethe said this was paradise on Earth.

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Furthermore, there are smaller or less famous spa towns all across the country, though all of the have a good reputation. For example, Jeseník where the healer Vincent Priessnitz established successful healing methods for kidney and airway disorders. Teplice and Jáchymov, popular with rheumatism and arteriosclerosis patients, Luhačovice, which is the biggest spa in Moravia and one for the best for asthma and bronchitis patients, or Poděbrady, where heart diseases are treated.

Spas in brief

There are some disorders treated in spas:

  • Gallbladder, stomach or liver disorders
  • Kidney or nervous disorders
  • Women’s diseases
  • Rheumatism
  • Disorders of the locomotive organs
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Disorders of the airways
  • Lungs diseases
  • Heart and blood-vessel disorders

There are some of the methods to heal disorders like that:

  • Driking the water from hot springs
  • Bathing in water, bathtubs and mud
  • Massages
  • Electrotherapy
  • Cold packs
  • Coverings
  • Inhalation
  • Healing gymnastics
  • Special diets
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