Františkovy Lázně

About 15 years ago we spent our holiday in the spa Františkovy Lázně which lies in Western Bohemia near the border with Germany. We were accommodated in a cabin in a camp called “Amerika”, which is situated at the outskirts of the town, and made trips in the town’s surroundings both in Bohemia and Germany. We liked that holiday and this year we decided to return to that camp for a few days and revisit some of the places, starting with the spa itself.  It’s a small town but it’s quite impressive.

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After our arrival and checking in, we spent the afternoon in the town, walking in its streets and admiring its beautiful buildings.

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The first reference to occurrence of mineral springs in the location comes from 1502, the first spa hotel was built in 1793. In the area, there are 20 healing mineral springs, natural bog containing high amount of soluble mineral substances and humic acids, and raw natural carbon dioxide of volcanic origin. All of these are used for treating various illnesses.

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The three photos that follow belong together, they capture a “Hall of Glauber’s springs” both from the inside and outside.

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In the center of the town, there are many spa hotels…

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several parks and a few musical pavilions…

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No doubt many events take place there to entertain spa guests and visitors.

During our afternoon strolling the sun was quite harsh, it was exactly that type of light that is not recommended for taking photographs. But I was taking them anyway, though I expected to come back another day under more favourable conditions. Guess what. It never happened as there was so much to see and eventually I was happy to have them even with their harsh shadows and shining lights. Some of them even profited from the shadows as the following one.

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You might have noticed that there are almost no people in my photos and I wonder why there were so few people in the streets. I guess firstly because it was an early Wednesday afternoon and secondly it was scorching hot that day. We saw more people in the evening sitting in restaurant’s terraces and the other day in an aquapark, it was crowded. By the way, the aquapark was built ten years ago and we loved it. It’s very nice inside and fits the place from the outside, we only regret it’s not closer to our home. We would be frequent guests for sure.

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18 Comments

  1. I love all the beautiful buildings!!! However, I had to shudder when I read about the Glauber springs – it reminds me of the Glauber salt that you take before starting fastening. It is truly awful… Thank you for sharing your pictures today, what a lovely place. I recently saw a short documentation about Karlsbad on German TV and was impressed by the buildings there as well. It's kind of grand in a very beautiful, "noble" way.

    1. Carola, thank you. My experience is that healing springs are rarely tasty… The amount of minerals is usually too high which makes the taste “dense” and not quite pleasant and the springs we tried here were also quite salty. In the hall of Glaubner’s springs there was an attendant who warned us not to drink one of the springs because it has laxative effects, well that was good to know!

      I’ve never been to Karlsbad but certainly want to go there some time. It’s one of the best known spa towns in the Czech Republic!

  2. The town is so pristine and picturesque. If a place could be too perfect, this might be it. Your photos are absolutely stunning. I especially liked the one of the church and the last one, with the shadows creating beautiful art. These images should be in a travel brochure for this place. They're really perfect in every way.

    1. Linda, thank you so much for your praise, I’m pleased you like my photos. I’m quite happy with them though I didn’t expect that result. The negative raw files are quite harsh but on the other hand, the photos are well exposed which enabled to enhance them efficiently. I’m pleased you like the last photo with the shadows on the wall, it struck me as interesting.

  3. I felt like I was on a movie set, Petra, while walking through these images…so pristine and orderly and…clean. They've done a good job of making it look and feel very welcoming. And your shooting at that time of the day only enhances the feeling of attraction. It shouts, "Come visit me!" I can totally understand why you'd want this to be closer to home! 🙂

    1. Ginnie, thank you. I’m pleased my photos give you that feeling of being welcome and attracted, I bet all the hotel owners would thank me for that. 🙂 And though processed photos usually a bit exaggerate, and this is no exception, the spa buildings and the atmosphere they create in the centre of the spa are really very nice and interesting.

  4. A wonderful series of photos, Petra. Sometimes we have no choice but to use the light that is given to us at the time. Had you waited for that 'perfect' time you would not have had these memories. Good to practice 'carpe diem' !

    1. Rick, thank you very much, I’m pleased you like the photos. I felt quite hopeless at the time of shooting because of the light conditions but eventually the results were quite good and it helped me to realise that light is just one of the factors that “create” the image. I agree with you, we could spend our lives waiting for the perfect and would get nowhere!

  5. When it comes to top quality the Františkovy Lázně Spa looks like the epitome of this and absolutely out of this world. I'm already planning to go there in 2016 thanks to your stunning photos and description. The opulence of the hotel's incredible and the architecture's beautiful. Everything looks so clean. Running out of superlatives now – what an absolute dream.

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