Luhacovice Things to Do

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    THE SPA PARK

    by balhannah Written Oct 10, 2011

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    Even if you are just here for a few hours, this is a must see area. There is a canal running through the park, with several bridges crossing it, lovely gardens, Ducks, Birds, a lovely small Chapel, and of course, the beautiful Villa's.
    There are Cafe's and Restaurant's, or bring your own, as there is plenty of seating in this very, relaxing area. No Dog's or Bicycle's are allowed in the Park.
    The only problem we found, was parking, there wasn't anywhere near enough!

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    LEOSE JANACKA

    by balhannah Written Oct 10, 2011

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    Leose Janacka is the name of the street that I walked from end to end. I have tried to find information on all the Villa's, but haven't been able to.
    There were many that had lovely frescoes, different to what I had seen elsewhere.
    You can walk to here on a pathway from the Spa Park.

    In my opinion, this street is a must to walk.

    The photo's are of Villa's located in the street.

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    VILLA WITH PHARMACY

    by balhannah Written Oct 10, 2011

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    Villa with pharmacy

    This Villa, originally Villa Austria, is older than the others, being built between 1884-1886.

    This was the villa of a pharmacist and operator of a mineral water shipping company. It also is built in Neo-renaissance style, and has a diagonally positioned corner tower featuring Alpine architecture, including carved wood, balconies and gable ends. The house is situated on a corner, with a pretty flower garden and sculpture in the front.
    This is still a residential house with a pharmacy.

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    AUGUSTINIAN HOUSE

    by balhannah Written Oct 10, 2011

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    This is another beautiful Hotel I found in Luhacovice. It was also built in the years 1902 – 1904.
    Looks like these were the years that the Spa industry took off!

    The architect of this house, used quarry stone and a combination of the neo-renaissance style of the main bulding, and a neo-classic style for the chapel. The house was built for the Augustian monastery in Brno, and was used as accommodation for priests and catholic families.
    Adjoining the house, is the St. Thomas Chapel, built in neo-gothic style.

    Saint Thomas is the patron of theologists, healer of the back pain and one can plead with him for a good marriage. Wonder if that worked!
    He was also the patron of architects, builders, surveyors, carpenters, masons, stonemason's, and of Augustinian House. His symbol, the letters ST, can be found on several places of the facade.
    There were more lovely frescoes on this building.

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    VILLA JESTRABI

    by balhannah Written Oct 10, 2011

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    Villa Jestrabi

    This was the 1st beautiful Villa I encountered on my walk along Leose Janacka. Wow! How beautiful it was!
    The Villa was built between the years 1902-1903. Like many others, it is half-timbered only on the top floor. Formerly, a spa pension, it is now a hotel. The villa underwent major repairs in 2000 and its exterior design corresponds to Dusan Jurkovic's original architectural concept.
    It is located near the Spa Park and the Colonnade.

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    HOTEL REGIA

    by balhannah Written Oct 10, 2011

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    After walking the Spa Park, then I walked Leose Janacka street. It was a good choice, as situated along here, were many beautiful Villa's.

    One that I really liked, was Hotel Regia. It was built in historical style in 1906, and what I saw, was many beautiful frescoes on all parts of the building. These are original's and are very detailed and well done. I haven't been to Prague, but the painter did the frescoes in the Hose of Rott in Little Square.
    Below the fresco on the facade is a saying.....
    "Who supplies the heart with happiness meets"

    In 2003, when repairing the plaster facade a previously unknown fresco of cupid carrying a card with the initials AS (Alois Samohrd) was found.

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    VINCENTKA HALL

    by balhannah Written Oct 9, 2011

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    The most famous spring in Luhacovice is Vincentka. It's unbelievable, that it was as late as 1991, before the mineral spring water was bottled! The water bubbles up behind the colonnade, where it is collected from an eight-metre well.

    Vincentka water can be tried right in the Vincentka Hall.
    It is described as.....
    " cold, medicinal, natural, mildly mineralized iodine hydrogen carbonate - chloride – sodium type acidulous water with a high content of lithium, barium, fluoride and boric acid. Water is clear, colorless and odorless. The taste is moderately salty, pleasant."
    I have tried this water elsewhere, and didn't like it, so didn't bother to try it here. Probably should have, may have fixed some of my conditions!
    It is used in the treatment of respiratory diseases such as asthma, allergic diseases of respiratory tracts, chronic bronchitis, dysfunctions of voice and hoarseness, post-operation conditions of respiratory tracts.

    When I was here, there was a designer clothing exhibition being held in the Hall, free admission!
    I enjoyed looking at what designer's come up with in a different country, then went for a walk around the hall, and found a couple of decorative ceramic mosaic's from 1957, reflecting the spirit of socialist realism.

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    COLONNADE AT SPA PARK

    by balhannah Written Oct 9, 2011

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    The long, curved Colonnade at the Spa Park was built between 1946 and 1952.

    Walking along here, I found many souvenir shops and other retail stores. One in particular of interest, was the shop that sold a huge array of Czech Porcelain in various forms. Very pretty, and interesting!
    The southern section of the colonnades features halls with springs and retail stores and in the northern section with healthcare facilities and Restaurant's. There is plenty of seating for tired people to rest!

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    THE BRUSSEL'S FOUNTAIN

    by balhannah Written Oct 9, 2011

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    The Brussel's fountain I found located infront of the Dum B. Smetany Hotel.
    This was a very "different" fountain!
    The fountain itself, is in the centre of three sculpture's of goddesse's, then, around the pavement, is artwork done in tile's of crustacen's and Fish. I have no idea why they are there!

    This fountain, was originally created by Jan Kavan for Czechoslovakia's pavilion at the 1958 Brussels Expo world exhibition. It was transported to Luhacovice in 1960, and put in its new location in front of Smetany Hotel.

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    DUM B. SMETANY HOTEL

    by balhannah Written Oct 9, 2011

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    Dum B. Smetany Hotel

    The Dum B. Smetany Hotel, is another luxurious Hotel in the Spa Park.
    It is a 4* Hotel, built in Art Nouveau style. To me, it looked a bit drab, a coat of paint would make it a very attractive Hotel.
    Evidently, it is popular because of its 30's atmosphere. It has a Restaurant, which is open all day, a cocktail lounge with an open air terrace. It is very close to the spa building's where treatment's are available.

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    LEOS JANACEK

    by balhannah Written Oct 9, 2011

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    Monument of Leos Janacek

    Leos Janacek is a well known Composer, who visited the Spa town 25 times. This was his favourite town for relaxation, therapy, composing and a source of inspiration, composing and preparing sketches for his opera, "The Cunning Little Vixen" here. This was his favorite region for collection of folk songs. Music was regarded as a part of therapy because of its positive effects on the health of the patients.
    Now, every year, a music festival, which is called Janacek and Luhacovice, is held to celebrate Janacek’s music heritage.

    I found this statue of him in the Spa Park Garden.

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    JURKOVIC HOUSE

    by balhannah Updated Oct 9, 2011

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    When I saw the amazing Jurkovic House, I just stood, and stared! Wow! It was beautiful!

    It is a remodelled version of a house that was built in 1822 on this site. The architect, Dusan Jurkovic, built most of the wonderful buildings that I will describe in future tips, and it was he, who in 1902, remodelled this House.
    Since then, between 2000 and 2002, a restaurant and a swimming pool were added, and the exterior and interior were renovated, so as to return them as much as possible, to their original condition based on research and period photographs.

    I didnt go inside, I didn't know if that was possible as I wasn't a guest! I did read that furnishing's include original chaise longues, mirrors, coat hangers, sofas, chairs, table, bench, flower stands, toilette mirror stands and tables with ceramic top, all designed by Jurkovic. I had a peep through the lower window's, and could see and smell the spa. If his inside work is as beautiful as his outside, then it would have to be something to see!

    Now, for the outside, and here you will see new and old. The 3rd floor, which is half-timbered, and the beautifully designed roof was added by Jurkovic. Art Nouveau folk style Swan's greet you at the front door! I also found some small frescoes on the exterior. The facade of this building is amazing!

    I walked the whole way around to see every side, and every side is different, so it is a must do!

    It is located in the middle of the spa park

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    WALK THE TOWN-FIND THE TOURIST OFFICE!

    by balhannah Updated Oct 8, 2011

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    Luhacovice

    In my opinion.....
    this is A MUST DO if you are keen on seeing the architecture of this Spa Town.

    I did, and I saw so many wonderful sights and buildings, plus took many photo's, I was so glad I did. One area, is only for walking, so you just have to!

    The tourist information centre is located in the main street [Masarykova Street] and will help you. I went and found out information on where all the buildings were located. I also picked up an excellent map on Eastern Monravia. They had typical souvenir's, plus craft items. I bought some nice hand painted fridge magnet's.

    OPEN..Mon– Fri... March– May & Oct 8am–5pm
    June– Sept 8am–6pm.. Nov– Feb 8am–4pm

    The photo is of two houses located in Masarykova street

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