Luhačovice spa

Back to Moravia where we spent one day in Luhačovice. Luhačovice is the biggest Moravian spa with a long tradition of spa treatment of diseases related to air passages, digestive tract, diabetes and locomotive organs. History of its healing springs reaches back to the 17th century, 17 springs has been found since that time. Every hour, about 15 thousand litres of mineral water rise to the surface from them.

Water from the springs is not bottled except for a spring named Vincentka, one can buy the Vincentka water in pharmacies throughout the Czech Republic. The spring Vincentka has been known since 1680 and it is used for drinking therapy and inhalations. After WWII, a hall was built where water from the spring is distributed both cold and warmed. Distributed for free, water from all springs that are situated in public places is available free of charge.

There are many beautiful and interesting houses in the spa.

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And there is a very modern church which was built in 1996 and consecrated in 1997.

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It’s the Church of Holy Family and its foundation stone was consecrated in 1990 by the Pope John Paul II during his visit of the Czech Republic.

In front of the church we found and tasted our first spring, the spring of St. Josef.

Here is the church in a different view, I really like the architecture of that building.

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In the period from 1902 to 1914, the spa was partly rebuilt in the Art Nouveau style based on projects and urbanistic plans of a Slovak architect Dušan Jurkovič. In the following photo you can see the “Jurkovič’s House” which he remodelled from a house built in the 18th century. The house used to be titled “a colourful fairy tale” and in 1947 it was named after the architect.

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In the next photo, there is another Jurkovič’s project which was built as a new house, the house “Jestřabí”.

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Come and have a look at a few more buildings that caught my attention:

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– spa headquarters –

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– “House of Bedřich Smetana” –

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–  the building in the background and the jug in the park (densely covered with sempervivum plants) –

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– villa “Under linden trees” –

Of course I heard of Luhačovice before, it is a well known spa here, and I was recommended using the Vincentka water several times. But to hear about a place and to see it with your own eyes, that’s absolutely different, isn’t it?

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24 Comments

  1. Petra, these are truly stunning photos, from the first to the last. The architecture in the buildings is so beautiful and interesting, and your photos of them are wonderful. The last one, with the benches and flowers is great, too. A really wonderful post.

  2. Ohhhhh! This is when I KNOW I was an architect in a past life, Petra. I am totally mesmerized by these structures, to say nothing about the spa waters. I don't always prefer modern architecture to the old but that church is adorable. Thanks for whetting my appetite!

    1. Ginnie, I’m glad to hear you like the buildings. The variety may resemble a motley group of buildings but in fact, they are all very original, with their own individuality and it was fun to discover one after another. As for the church, I rarely like a modern church but this one enchanted me. I read that it was work of Czech architects and if so, they did a wonderful job.

  3. I am equally impressed with the architecture and how beautiful the buildings are – the colour, the shapes, the surrounding bushes, trees, and flowers. I am very impressed with the way the bush is designed. Kinda cool. Love your history and photos.

    1. Rune, I’m glad you liked the stroll. The architecture is quite special even here…

      PS I hesitated whether to add the photo of the benches on top of all the buildings and eventually opted for it because I liked the photo. Now, after reading your comment, I’m really glad I did add it.

  4. I learned there is a world famous spa in your country now. Here we also have lots of hot springs coming in many types and shapes. Some have an old tradition. Boiled eggs which are slow cooked in the water of hot springs are popular.
    "colorful fairy tale" would be a perfect description of the building. Those architectures are so lovely. I also like the way the jug or the benches are designed.

    1. Keiko, thank you. I read the “colourful fairy tale” description of the building later when I was preparing this post and as soon as I read it, I thought, yes, that’s what I saw.

      Eggs boiled in the water of hot springs sound fantastic!

  5. The architecture is fantastic. My favorites pictures are the two houses in the first shot, and the gardens at the end. Just gorgeous.

    I'm intrigued by all of those springs, and wonder if you could taste the minerals in the water you sampled. We tasted the spring water from Ponce de Leon's so-called Fountain of Youth in Florida, and it was horrible. Smelled awful, and tasted even worse. Very sulfurous. (Didn't work, either. I'm still old. HA!)

    1. Susan, my favourite is the villa “Under linden trees”, I’d love to live in such a house…

      Yes, we could taste the minerals in the water we sampled, the taste was dense with minerals. One of the springs was too sulphurous as well and didn’t taste good but the others were acceptable and drinkable in larger amounts. Our children just tasted them and didn’t want any seconds but I drank quite a lot during the day.

      Old but young at least at heart, right?

  6. The architecture of the buildings here is quite amazing. As for the church, it sure looks pretty modern. In fact, I have never seen a church that looks anything like it in its architecture 🙂

    Have a good Sunday.

    1. J, thank you. We were lucky to enjoy a sunny day in the spa with that beautiful blueness of the sky which looks so good in the photos. Besides, I was using a polarising filter which proved useful for making the sky even more prominent and getting rid of unwanted reflections.

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