Spa Triangle

Spa Triangle

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Region scented by thermal springs

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Riches of the Earth concentrated in the westernmost part of Bohemia are so abundant that this region always used to be a favourite destination of prospectors, Christian pilgrims, spa visitors and nature lovers...

The protected heart of the spas

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The Slavkovský les Forest conceals a life-giving force that somehow reminds of well-protected secrets of legendary heroes whose life was also dependent on energy hidden sometimes in the heart of mountains and other times in a magic ring. The protected mountain complex of the Slavkovský les Forest situated within the spa triangle is exactly such precious source of energy. If it were not here, the towns on its perimeter would only vegetate...

Town of colonnades

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Karlovy Vary has undoubtedly still other positive attributes – Goethe called it for instance “the chessboard of Europe” – and since its foundation it has been our oldest and greatest spa resort. But the spa character of this town can be best seen in its colonnades. Although they were intended to enable walking and drinking of mineral water directly at springs, at the same time, they have become a part, or even the scene, of the spa’s social life...

Glass of kings

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The second half of the 19th century was a time full of contradictions. On the one hand, it was clinging to historical styles, on the other hand, the rising machine production was undermining many traditional arts and crafts, including glass making. In spite of this tendency, Ludwig Moser, twenty-four year old glass engraver, decided to get him known just by hand work and a high quality...

Fascinating Mariánské Lázně

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The American writer Theodore Dreiser wrote in his book An American Tragedy that beauty combined with riches fascinates almost everyone. And when still a chance of recovery joins in, then Mariánské Lázně must fascinate really everybody...

Golf is spa and spa is golf

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The noble clientele which used to return in the 19th century to Karlovy Vary and Mariánské Lázně missed there only one thing – a good golf course. Choosy spa visitors had to wait till the beginning of the 20th century to have the possibility to play their favourite game in the spa triangle...

Františkovy Lázně, small and lovely

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A small naked boy is sitting on a ball and holds a big fish in his hands. He is from bronze and the whole lower half of its body is shiningly polished by thousands of woman hands. “Frankie” (František) is the symbol of Františkovy Lázně, although it is already the third copy of this sculpture at the Františkův pramen (Francis´s Spring). Though also diseases of heart, blood circulation and locomotive organs are cured here, Františkovy Lázně is known mainly for treatment of women diseases including infertility...

The royal town of Loket

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When breaking its way through the Podkrušnohorský zlom Fault, the Ohře River has caught in one of its meanders a lonely rock cliff which it has been strangling more and more. Now this rounded peninsula is connected with his “native” Slavkovský les Forest only by a very narrow neck of land...

Kladská peat bogs

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On large plateaux of the Slavkovský les Forest above Mariánské Lázně, we will find a landscape of exceptional beauty with waterlogged meadows and swamps, lakes and ponds. In the wet unforested moorland, where moors have such names as Taiga, Five-Pointer (Paterák), Bold Head (Lysina) and Small Peatland (Malé Rašeliniště), only scarce trees are growing – mountain and bog pines and on drier meadows lonely Carpathians birches looking like feeble old women...

Kynžvart and the Metternichs

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There are town and places, for centuries connected with certain attributes. Although Kynžvart obtained in 1862 the status of spa resort and the official name Lázně Kynžvart (Kynžvart Spa), already since the 17th century it has been connected mainly with the Rhineland noble family of Metternich. Its most eminent member, Prince Klemens von Metternich (1773-1859), State Chancellor of Austria, was for thirty years the most powerful man of the Habsburg monarchy. He was influencing the history of the whole Europe and it is thus no wonder that he influenced also the small town of Kynžvart, where his family had its country residence...

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