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Poděbrady Spa Town

With its extensive history, culture, and notable achievements in treating heart conditions, Poděbrady stands out as the sole spa town in Central Bohemia. Yet, the town's prestige extends beyond its mineral springs.

The heartbeat of Poděbrady resonates both literally and metaphorically. This spa town has gained acclaim for its expertise in treating cardiovascular ailments, yet beyond its wellness allure, it offers a delightful blend of culinary excellence, a globally recognized glassworks, a majestic castle, and a quay for leisurely boat excursions.

Poděbrady’s essence is captured in its spa structures, which boast a meticulously landscaped colonnade. The town is renowned for its mineral springs, with Poděbradka standing out among them. Additionally, the historical significance of Jiří of Poděbrady, one of Czechia’s eminent kings, is reflected in the monumental statue situated in Jiřího z Poděbrad Square, evoking artistic finesse comparable to the Statue of Liberty in New York.

Nestled in the nearby castle, the memorial to King Jiří of Poděbrady stands as a prominent landmark, gracing the town’s skyline and commemorating the spot where the first carbonated mineral spring surfaced in 1905. Just three years later, Poděbrady embarked on its inaugural medical season, introducing specialized spas dedicated to treating heart and vascular conditions. The glass colonnade above the Boček spring, named after its founder, the esteemed cardiologist Václav Libenský, preserves his legacy. A short stroll away, the renowned floral clock adds a delightful touch, contributing to the town’s enchanting ambiance.

  • Interesting fact: Bohemian King Jiří of Poděbrady was remarkably ahead of his time. His visionary concept of forging a united Europe, akin to today’s European Union, anticipated the zeitgeist by centuries. This foresight is beautifully represented in the castle courtyard, where 28 heart-shaped sculptures stand (positioned in the heart of Europe, in a spa town dedicated to treating heart diseases). These sculptures eloquently symbolize the distinct yet unified essence of the 28 member countries of the EU.

The city, rich in history with interesting houses and cozy cafes, spans both banks of the Elbe River. Explore its delightful gastronomy and hop on the “Král Jiří” or “Blanice” boat for a scenic journey. Cruise down to the neighboring royal town of Nymburk, home to the captivating lock and one of the Elbe’s oldest hydroelectric power plants from the First Republic era. Enjoy a summer escape at the nearby Poděbrady Lake, known for its crystal-clear waters and sandy beaches.

Poděbrady, acting like a magnet, draw in cyclists and inline skaters. Besides reaching Nymburk by boat or train, you can also pedal there along the scenic Elbe Cycle Route. Alternatively, venture in the opposite direction to Libice nad Cidlinou, where the historic Slavníkovské hradiště, a renowned Slavic stronghold, once stood.

  • Tip for you: Poděbrady truly comes alive. The stay for spa guests, as well as regular visitors, is enhanced by a variety of cultural events throughout the year. A major attraction, for instance, is the summer event Soundtrack Poděbrady, an international festival of film music.

However, Poděbrady offers more than just spas and history. Experience the allure of Czech crystal on a tour of Crystal Bohemia, a glassworks with roots dating back to the early 18th century, exerting a substantial impact on the world of glassmaking throughout its history. Their products are now sought after by tourists from across the globe.

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