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Františkovy Lázně

Welcome to Františkovy Lázně

Due to its size and quality of preserved buildings, Františkovy Lázně (Franzensbad) ranks amongst the most significant spa towns in Europe. The spa town was founded in 1793 close to the many acidulous springs. It was named after, and in honour of Emperor Franz II of Austria.

Although the spa town was established in the Classicist period, Františkovy Lázně represents an unusual concept of urban composition. The spa town being founded on a square ground plan with a parallel network of streets, and is characterized by a high concentration of Classicist, Empire and Historicism period houses of an exceptionally artistic and complex nature.

The ensemble of spa buildings of high architectural quality is surrounded by a large park in which individual, mainly Classicist structures and monuments are built above the springs. Surrounding the park there is a new town, composed of spa villas and houses, some in the Historicist style, and religious foundations of orthodox and evangelical denominations.


Colonnade with fountain
Luis's spring
Season opening
Glauber spring hall
Spring colonnade

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