Nearly all the spas in the Czech Republic will hold a celebration to open the spa season in May.
This is usually linked to a number of cultural events and special programmes for visitors.
Karlovy Vary will be holding a ceremonial opening of the season from 5 to 7 May. The busy programme is dominated by the Parade of Czech King Charles IV on Saturday, with a tournament of knights, acrobats and dancers.
Visitors can also look forward to famous film melodies performed by the Karlovy Vary Symphonic Orchestra or the Craft Fair for example. Fans of porcelain will be able to admire and also purchase products by the famous THUN 1794 porcelain factory at the Porcelain Fair in front of the Thermal Hotel.
The Bishop Emeritus of Pilsen will perform the traditional blessing of the springs. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. at Mill Colonnade and will culminate at Hot Spring Colonnade. Sunday afternoon will belong to the Sinatra Festival, during which visitors will hear famous ragtime, swing and popular melodies.
Františkovy Lázně will open its 230th spa season on 20 May. The town has prepared a varied cultural programme, which will take place in the music gazebo by František Spring. The so-called Awakening of the Town will take place during the morning, don’t miss the Mass and the parade through the town.
The Beethoven Festival will begin on the evening before the celebrations at Teplice Spa. Beethoven’s best work (according to his words), the Missa solemnis, will be performed here on 25 May.
Music stages of various genres will also be present at the ceremonial opening of the 869th spa season. Lázeňská ulička will be newly introduced as an unexpected outing into the history of Teplice Spa during the Historic Market. An entire parade of kings and emperors, who were partial to ruling from the thermal baths at Teplice, will look down on you from the Royal Gallery of Guests, and the emblems of the greatest figures of music, who found inspiration in Teplice, will fly above your heads.
The spa season in Mariánské Lázně will open with a concert by the West Bohemian Symphonic Orchestra on Friday 12 May in the Casino Social Building. The official part will continue on Saturday 13 May with a Mass in the Church of the Virgin Mary Assumption, which is located near the colonnade. The ceremony on the colonnade after the Mass will include church officials blessing the springs of Mariánské Lázně.
Cultural performances will take place throughout the day on Saturday 27 May at Jáchymov Spa and the spa town will dance to the rhythm of swing. A blessing of the springs ceremony will take place and visitors to the spa are invited on a free tour of the Astoria Mine Gallery.
Konstantinovy lázně will launch the season on Friday 19 May with an exhibition vernissage in Švihák Pavilion. The next day, the Bishop of Plzeň will bless Prusík Spring and then you will be able to see a Beautiful Ride of Veteran Cars, an exhibition of costume jewellery from Jablonec and the actual ceremony of the opening of the season with two concerts and an evening fire show. Visitors will also be able to enjoy a promenade concert on Sunday after lunch.
The start of the season and the coming of spring are traditionally celebrated at Luhačovice Spa with the Festival of the Opening of the Springs, which takes place on 12- 14 May. You can look forward to a parade in historic costumes and a music and dance programme. The traditional blessing of the springs will also be held.
Opening of the 2023 spa season in the Czech Republic overview:
Františkovy Lázně: 20 May
Karlovy Vary: 5 – 7 May
Konstantinovy Lázně: 19 – 21 May
Lázně Bělohrad: 20 May
Hodonín Spa: 6 May
Jáchymov Spa: 27 May
Klimkovice Spa: 6 May
Lázně Kynžvart: 27 May or 3 June
Lednice Spa: 20 May
Lázně Libverda: 27 May
Luhačovice Spa: 12 – 14 May
Náchod Spa: 20 May
Poděbrady Spa: 13 May
Slatinice Spa: 25 March 2023
Teplice Spa: 26 – 28 May
Mariánské Lázně: 12 – 14 May
Mšené Lázně: 6 May