Just west of the immediate spa district and the Casino (cross the transit road, Machova street) is right next to another spa (treatments) building Louise's spring in a pavillion from 1840, named after the daughter of Emperor Franz II.Just a few metres away is the so called "cold spring" which was encased later and whose water flows into the...more
Frantiskovy Lazne - as all the spa towns I know - has a number of beautiful gardens and parks where you can stroll and enjoy the beautiful nature. One of them is the city park (Mestske sady / Kurpark). In that English style park you find a nice cafe with terrace, the pavillion where the town's orchestra performs occasionally, a monument to remember...more
The full name of the church is: Roman-Catholic church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Ugh.Emperor Franz II himself gave permission to build this church in 1812. The works started in 1815 and were completed in 1820. This church is one of the few absolutely empire sacral buildings in the Czech Republic. The bells in the steeple are actually...more
Right in the heart of the spa district is the most important spring, also the one that was discovered and used first: Francis's spring (Frantiskovy pramen). The name says it all - the town and the spring are named after the same guy, Franz II, the Hapsburg Emperor.A small pavillion was built in 1793 to protect the spring. It is well preserved. To...more
The Glaub Salt springs are very important for the spa treatments in this town. Guests drink this mineral water - it is good if one has problems with digestion. Two Glauber Salt springs were encased in 1919 and 1921 - that's when this hall was built. The architecture is quite interesting. Not as ornate as before, more functional, but still...more
Smetana park / Sady Bedricha Smetany is another beautiful English style park. It is full of beautiful, quiet corners. Right in the middle is the Hotel Imperial, one of the finest hotels in the whole region. It is a four star Belle Epoque hotel, restored to old splendor. You're welcome to walk around in their formal garden but also inside the hotel...more
One of the mineral springs is Stanislav spring in the city park / Mestske sady. It was enchased in 1981. The mineral water - 120 litres per minute, that's about 20 gallons - comes from a depth of 61 m. The temperature of the water is 12° Celsius.You're welcome to try the mineral water. Be prepared it tastes bitter. Not pleasant but healthy :-)more
The Casino / Kurhaus - Spolecensky dum in Czech - is the centre of social events/activities in Frantiskovy Lazne. The magnificent building was constructed in the 19th century and recently restored to old beauty - a true gem of Belle Epoque architecture.It hosts the Casino of the town which offers offers games such as Roulette, Caribbean Poker,...more
I saw this restaurant at the right time, when it was time for lunch. They have a nice terrace which - as a non-smoker - I preferred over the large inside room which had a distinctive smell. Ugh.
Service was quick and attentive. Menu was available in Czech and German.
Favorite Dish: I had baked cheese with French fries, some salad and spicy dip. Quite good, always a safe bet in the Czech Republic. Once in Bohemia I decided to have a beer, the *original* Budweiser (Budvar), which is in a different league compared to the American brew of the same name. All in all I paid about 140 CZK (roughly 5 or 6 Euro) incl. tip.
The butterfly´s house cca 6 km from the Spa city in the village Zirovice
Open: 1.4. - 30.9.
Tue - Fri 13 - 17,00
Sa - Su 10 - 17,00
Monday is closed
The orthodox St.-Olga-church was consecrated in 1888, thus it is one of the oldest orthodox churches in the Czech Republic. Architect was Gustav Wiedemann, later mayor of Frantiskovy Lazne. He chose Russian-Byzantine style for the design of the church. The money was collected among the spa guests over several years.The interior is beautiful, very...more
Who was Ludwik Lejzer Zamenhof? Hm. There is a monument for him in the city park, close to the Stanislav spring.Zamenhof, born 1859 in Bialystok (now Poland, at that time Russia), was an ophthalmologist who created the artificial language Esperanto. Under pseudonym Doktor Esperanto he published the basics of the new language in a document in 1887....more