Architectural gems in the shape of spa colonnades are the top must-sees for any visitor to the spa towns of the Carlsbad Region. The streets of Carlsbad alone boast five such structures – the Mlýnská, Tržní, Sadová, Zámecká and Vřídelní colonnades are beautiful buildings, their style ranging from themes inspired by nature to the controversially brutal form of the of the best-known Vřídelní complex.
Marienbad also has much to offer in this area. The neo-Baroque Main Colonnade completely dominates the spa zone and is exquisitely complemented by the neo-Classical colonnade at the Karolina spring.
With its New Colonnade, all Tuscan columns concealing the first gas spa and the so-called ‘Noisy’ Spring, Františkovy Lázně is all about elegant neo-Classical style. Visiting the Franz spring is also a must – its waters have been well-known since medieval times and were was once exported across Europe. To this day it still emerges from the ground within a beautiful neo-Classical rotunda.
Health, rest and culture. People have been coming to the spa triangle for this and many other pastimes since time immemorial. Karlovy Vary, Františkovy Lázně and Mariánské Lázně, along with eight other towns from seven European countries, are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites under the Great Spa Towns of Europe initiative. These towns have been instrumental in shaping the spa phenomenon that has shaped the image and history of Europe and has been used by the general public, powerful rulers, renowned artists and scientists. The echoes of those glorious times are still evident today in the form of charming architecture and time-honoured spa methods.
In the whole of the Czech republic you won’t find a place with a richer occurrence of mineral and thermal springs than the famous spa triangle, which is one of the Czech republic’s latest additions to the UNESCO heritage list.
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