CZ, Teplice nad Becvou – A Spa Amids Rich Nature
Not a long time ago we enjoyed the town of Hranice. Several hours of walk later we moved on. Again, we parked our in Teplice nad Becvou, one of the most important spa areas in the Czech Republic.
Here we planned to visit several unique places. We started at the spa. The town is located close to a railway track. It links the town of Hranice with Puchov, Slovakia. It is easy to access by the roads E442 and E462.
Right from the outset, we were interested in beautiful maintained surroundings with many beautiful nooks and sporting areas. While walking down the River Becva. Its riverbed seems shallow and full of fish. There we encountered a direction board suggesting possible treks.
While walking around, we found interesting an information on the ruins of Svrcov Castle. These are situated above the valley. You can reach the ruins by following the red tourist trail. Five hundred years ago the castle guarded entrance points to local fertile Moravian plains (Moravian Gate). However, other interesting tips included tourist trails across the spa compound (the so called nordic walking) plus it included information on elevation. This time we withstood temptation and moved on.
Soon we walked across the bridge and reached the center of the spa which consisted of flower beds, spa and treatment houses, parks, nature healing springs, and last but not least souvenir shops. There was a shop selling warm spa waffles.
The spa focuses on people with cardiovascular diseases. Their state-of-the art rehabilitation help clients to prevent development of cardiovascular problems. No wonder than that local coat of arms has a heart on it. History of this place began in 1328. The town had been known as Zbrasov till 1959 then it was renamed to Teplice nad Becvou.
The spa building with Becva hotel and restaurant is worth both visiting and your admiration. The same goes for L. Rihovskeho functionalist villa, newly reocnstructed St Peregrin chapel built in 1775, Moravan and Janacek sanatorium, Slovenka spa house, etc. What we recommend is to taste local healing thermal water from Kropac and Gallas springs. On the neoclasicist building of the Kropac spring, there is a table informing of the 1997 floods.
If you walk through the spa compound be sure to see other two landmarks. The first one are the Aragonite Caves of Zbrasov the second one the deepest flooded cave in the world the Hranice Abyss. We tell you more about them next week.
GPS: 49°32'01.4"N 17°44'44.4"E
Text and photos: Oskár Mažgút
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