This might be a surprise but the Czech Republic has quite a lot of spa towns. They are dedicated both for health retreat and to relax as well. These towns usually have some sort of natural mineral water around, that is rich in vitamins and minerals. They are also very often visited mainly by locals, so there aren’t too many tourists and generally, it is not a crowded place and yet, all of the Czech spa towns have a beautiful atmosphere and architecture and like a lot of other towns in Czech republic, they are also quite cheap.
Best Czech spa towns to visit
Mariánské Lázně is one of the most visited spa towns in the Czech republic. The town itself is surrounded by beautiful green mountains and it is full of parks and noble houses. Most of the architecture originates from the golden era of local spas, the second half of the 19th century. And as I mentioned before, you can find here lots of mineral springs to taste. The most famous one is Cross spring that has a strong laxative effect and is used both for baths and for drinking.
You can also visit here the Singing fountain on the main colonnade. The fountain doesn’t work over winter, but you can see it from April till October. Because Mariánské Lázně is a well-visited town, you can find here some high-class hotels with still pretty attractive prices.
How to get to Mariánské Lázně?
This little town is in the western part of the Czech Republic and there are a couple of ways of getting there. The easiest one is to get on a train. There is a direct train from Prague to Mariánské Lázně and it will take around 2,5 hours to get there. The train ticket cost 257 czk, which is around 11 USD. Trains from Prague to Mariánské Lázně and back are going every two hours.
Another option would be to hop on a bus station. For that option, you would need to switch to Pilsen. This option also takes about 2 and a half hours, sometimes three when you catch the local bus, that has more stations. Cost is usually around 200 czk, depending on what kind of bus are you traveling with.
Where to stay in Mariánské Lázně?
Since I keep talking about spa towns, it would be weird not to mention some spa hotels where they will take good care of you.
Orea Spa Hotel Palace Zvon – Orea Spa is a local chain with a couple of hotels. Zvon is one of the most popular ones and for very good reasons. for a price of 77 USD for a night for two people, you will get a great room filled with retro but cool furniture. You will also get a chance to get into their spa, which consists of baths and massages.
Sun Palace Spa and Wellness – Another four-star hotel. This one has is very modern and yet offers the best services. You can try here both wellness and medical spa. Sun Palace offers its services for 108 USD per night for two people.
Falkensteiner Hotel Grand MedSpa – This is the most expensive hotel from the mentioned ones but it is certainly worth it. For 120 USD, you will get a luxurious room with a nice breakfast, you can also use a local sauna, both indoor and outdoor pool and spa baths that hotel offers.
This town is also situated in western bohemia like Mariánské Lázně. The town is named after Roman emperor Charles IV. from Bohemia. He founded the town in 1370 when he found one of the healing spring here in the forest. The town has a lot of hot springs – usually meant for drinking as they are too hot for bathing in nature. The city is now also known for its film festival. This means that the big stars came here to visit the town as well. The festival is usually the first week of July if you want to visit it. Because Karlovy Vary has such a big history of spa and recently movie industry as well, you can find here some nice and modern hotels with spa options right there.
How to get to Karlovy Vary
There are several connections between Prague and Karlovy Vary, most of them are direct, which makes the whole ride much easier. First of all, you can choose to hop on a direct train and be in Karlovy Vary in 2 hours. The tickets by RegioJet cost 200 czk. Regiojet is a private train company with comfy seats and food wagon.
Another option would be to get there by direct bus. The main operator between those two cities is Flixbus, which is known all around Europe. With a bus, it will also take 2 hours to get to Karlovy Vary is a bit cheaper, you will spend only 139 czk for one way ticket.
Where to stay in Karlovy Vary
Spa hotel Thermal – This is the most famous hotel in Karlovy Vary. Part of the movie festival is taking place right in this hotel and so you would have an opportunity to stay in a hotel where Holywood stars usually staying. Hotel offers not only nice rooms but also a swimming pool and all the wellness things that will make you comfortable. Hotel costs 99 USD for the night for two people.
Spa hotel Zámek Lužec – It is a hotel, sure but it is a castle too. So if you want to be pampered in fancy areal with cool old furniture, this would be a brilliant choice. Even though the castle sounds very fancy and old, you still have here a modern swimming pool and spa equipment. This hotel in particular costs 113 USD per night for two. You won’t get only a spa for that cost but also a nice breakfast.
Dvořák Spa and Wellness – Perhaps the most affordable for the same services as previously mentioned hotels. Dvořák Spa offers a swimming pool, a nice retro room, and great spa services for 87 USD. The hotel is named after Czech composer Antonín Dvořák, you will see his face all around the hotel and his music perhaps as well.
The last ones from the region of Western bohemia that is rich in hot springs and underground waters. The historic center is under monument protection, so you can see that there is some rich history going on already. It was nominated for the UNESCO heritage list. The local springs have salutary effects that were known from the 14th century. All the springs have a high content of dissolved carbon dioxide so a lot of people are coming here to treat their cardiovascular system. For example, my grandpa spent here some time treating his low blood pressure. The town is full of neoclassical buildings so you can very well find a hotel in that style as well!
How to get to Františkovy Lázně?
Getting to Františkovy Lázně isn’t that simple. But it is possible nevertheless. The fastest and the most common way of getting there would be by train. In Prague, you would jump on a train going to a town called Cheb. In Cheb, you would switch to train to Františkovy Lázně. This whole adventure takes 3 hours and will cost you 300 czk which is about 15 USD.
Where to stay in Františkovy Lázně?
Spa and kur hotel Harvey – One of the nicest hotel in Františkovy Lázně. It is filled with nice and modern rooms, an indoor swimming pool to relax and cool services. Besides the hotel is right in the center and you will have a gorgeous park right in front of you. The price for a night in a double room is 101 USD.
Wellness Hotel Ida – Prepare yourself for cozy rooms, some of which have a jacuzzi. You will also get a nice breakfast and world-class spa services. The hotels charge 100 USD per night in a double room.
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Teplice is perhaps the second biggest spa town in the Czech republic. Unlike all the previous towns mentioned, Teplice is part of the northern region in the Czech Republic, not too far from the German border. They are also known for a lot of local political history connected both with communism and with the era after communism. But anyway, the town is surrounded by Ore mountains, so there is a lot of hiking places around that are worth trying.
How to get to Teplice
Teplice might be a little bit similar to Františkovy Lázně when it comes to public transport. It is also a small town close to the German border and the easiest fastest and perhaps just the best way of getting there would be to jump on a train. Trains to Teplice are going from Prague every 2 hours. If you choose the train, you will be there in an hour and a half. One way ticket costs 187 czk, which is close to 10 USD.
Where to stay in Teplice
Saraya Wellness and Penzion – If you are looking for affordable services and spa and don’t want to spend a fortune over it, we have a winner. Saraya wellness offers nice cozy rooms, breakfast, and spa services for 40 USD for nights for two people.
Hotel u kozičky – I guess it is hard to pronounce if you are not local. The name means a hotel at a goat. But don’t worry, there are no big animals like this in a hotel. It is a nice stylish hotel with all the spa equipment and nice nature around. One night for a couple cost here 95 USD.
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This spa town is in the southeastern part of the Czech republic. The town is surrounded by a lot of hills around, the minimum elevation from sea level is 250 above the sea level, the biggest hill around is something around 700m, so it can be quite a steep hike. Like most of the towns that I mentioned, there is also mineral water, this one is bottled and sold in some pharmacies in Czechia as well. That’s how popular it is. The mineral water is one of the most mineralized waters that there is. It helps with diseases of vocal cords and breathing issues. As this is also one of the very popular destinations for relaxation, you can find here a lot of great hotels cheaper than in other places that are listed here.
How to get to Luhačovice
On a working day, getting to Luhačovice might be an issue. There is no direct connection in these days between Prague and Luhačovice. However, this is mainly a weekend city, so during the weekend, there are several direct trains between Prague and Luhačovice. The main reason is that this is a very famous spa town and a lot of people would stay there for a cure for the full week. If you want to come to Luhačovice in the working day, you will need to switch to another train in Brno. One way ticket to Luhačovice costs 387 czk, so almost 20 USD.
Where to stay in Luhačovice
Hotel Harmonie – Hotel is filled with nice cozy rooms, all the spa equipment you can imagine, and an indoor swimming pool. Outside are terrasse and grilling place. You can also find parks nearby the hotel. A couple would pay 73 USD per night here.
Hotel Vyhlídka – If you translate the name of the hotel, you would get the Hotel Lookout. And the name is not there just because. All the rooms have a great view of the town and lake around. Besides that, this hotel is also very child friendly, you can find here all the spa facilities but also a kids’ playground and bowling.
More info about Czech spa towns
As I mentioned previously, most of the towns have a rich tradition in treatment and relaxation. That means that there is plenty of hotels. Most of the time there is no off-season and main season, these towns are widely visited all the time. But since a lot of international tourists don’t know about them, it is not like you need to be too worried about whether you manage to find a hotel.
However, if you want to have a proper experience, I would book a hotel that is offering some sort of relaxation. It doesn’t necessarily need to be bathing in fancy healing springs since that can be rather expensive. Also, a lot of these places have very fancy accommodations, so you can find accommodation in a very old fashioned building.
For adventure seekers, all of these places are located in the mountains, so you can see here a lot of hills. Don’t expect to get the same hikes as you would in Nepal, but there are enough scenic views.
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