Saunas, steam baths and massages are clearly a part of the modern style of life, but mental and physical relaxation and therapy has actually been helping people since time immemorial. The warm dry air warms and cleanses the body and soul while a massage loosens up tired muscles.
Where can you find the best and most interesting sauna complexes in Prague?
A sauna on a boat with a view of the river and the Prague castle. Seriously, can it get any better? It is a very small place though and fits only 15 people at the same time, so reservations via their website are highly recommended, maybe even a few days in advance. Open daily 18-23, 70 CZK per person for half an hour.
Radotin is quite far from the city center and not really interesting from a traveler’s point of view, however, it is on the way to Karlštejn, which is definitely worth a day trip. Stroll through the picturesque village and visit one of Emperor Charles IV.’s masterpieces: the castle, dating back to the 14th century. If you feel frozen on your way back, get off at Radotin and visit the Finnish KijuKiju Sauna. Open Sunday – Wednesday 17-22, women only on Tuesdays.
Saunia is a chain of spas around Prague (and the Czech Republic) where you can go to enjoy a couple of Finnish saunas and steam baths. As with most of the saunas in town, they have sauna ceremonies throughout the day that include relaxation ceremonies, honey peeling, and salt peeling.
Entrance is 249 CZK without a time limit. One is located in Centrum Chodov and another at Galerie Butovice. If you really want to pamper yourself, you can go shopping when you’re done steaming.
This is actually a water park, so it’s a good place to bring kids if you’re traveling with them. But if you want some peace and relaxation, they also have Sauna World where you can lay back in a steamy room and let all your stress evaporate. With seven Finnish saunas and five Turkish steam cabins, you can sweat at Aquapalace for hours. You can also relax in the whirlpools or the lounge chairs indoors or outdoors throughout the facility.
Entrance is for 859 CZK for one day, 619 CZK for 3 hours, or 719 CZK from 5 pm until closing.
Hotel STEP in Prague district of Vysočany boasts a whole complex of saunas and wellness facilities. The saunas are located both in the building and outside on the roof of the hotel. In the wintertime, you can enjoy the feeling that you can only experience while relaxing after a sauna in the frosty air.
The operation of the wellness center is year-round from 9 am to 11 pm. There you will find a swimming pool, whirlpools, a steam bath with herbal essences and salt, Finnish, tropical and honey saunas, an outdoor cabin sauna and a silent fireplace sauna designed for absolute relaxation.
Spa etiquette in Prague
You might be intimidated about going out into some local bathhouse for your spa day in Prague, but as long as you’re prepared with some useful information, you’ll be absolutely fine.
Even if a sauna is frequented mostly by friendly locals, almost everyone speaks English and is happy to help.