Luhačovice - Journey to the springs

Luhačovice springs and the charming architecture of Dušan Jurkovič

Luhačovice is not only the largest Moravian spa, but also a spa with a unique genius loci. Perhaps nowhere else has wild nature been so harmoniously combined with distinctive spa architecture. The place where Leoš Janáček met his fate in the form of two of his muses of the same name - Kamila.

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The year is 1917. An elegantly dressed man in a dark suit with a vest and a carefully knotted tie taps a stick to the beat of his gait. He is returning from his regular wandering in the countryside, where to the sound of birds he sits on the benches and constantly makes notes in his notebook. The locals know him, he greets a doctor and a hotel operator and disappears into house number 244. Actually, he just got the inspiration for the next series of songs.

Yes, that man is the world-renowned composer Leoš Janáček who took a fancy to Luhačovice at the end of the 19th century, and from 1903, used to come here regularly.


© Milan Jaroš

This time - as many times before - he chose the villa Vlastimila as his residence. The villa, which gave impetus to the construction of the so-called Prague district, was built in 1903 by the Slovak architect Dušan Jurkovič. The wonderful local scenery and distinctive population were his inspiration to create a distinctive architectural style - folk art nouveau. At the beginning of the 20th century, along with the visionary and founder of a new spa company František Veselý, he wanted to create a unique therapeutic and recreational complex, whose fame would go well beyond the country's borders. Together they wanted to create a spa that with its Slavic spirit and form, would grow from the roots of home.

Come uncover the magic of the place that inspired the greats, and in which time flows a little more slowly.

Interesting thing

The most intriguing Jurkovič construction was a now non-existent dairy, following the tradition of the cowshed, which stood in the center of the spa. Since it was medically advised to combine sipping mineral water with milk, the most beautiful cows from the count’s breeds were led to the cowshed in summer. At around 6 pm they drank fresh milk, at four in the afternoon curdled milk and in the morning "Žinčica" (a traditional drink made from sheep's milk) mixed with mineral water.

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Your trip will begin in a quieter part of Luhačovice - at the villas Vlastimila and Valaška. It was right here that Leoš Janáček often drew strength. Around Jestřábí Spa House, at which the Music Pavilion is located, you get to the Solar bath and Hydrotherapy institute. To further delight your eyes, go further along the water to the first spring that will be along the path - Vincentka After tasting the mineral water, a tour of the Reconnaissance Jurkovič House on the spa colonnade awaits you. Enjoy lunch here in the outdoor garden, so you can admire other buildings of Dušan Jurkovič. Another dominant feature of the colonnade is a large fountain decorated with flowers. Be sure to also visit the local Gallery. Not far from the colonnade and Luhačovice creek toward Ottovka spring and The Spring of Dr. Šťastný is the villa Chaloupka. Elements of the architecture of Dušan Jurkovič are visible on it, but perhaps surprising is that it is not so spectacular as in comparison with, for example, Jurkovič House. Along the waterfront you get to St. Joseph Spring. In the nearby White neighborhood (Bílá čtvrť), the quiet part of town, the last spring that you should not miss is located - the so-called Forest Spring (Lesní pramen), better known as Aloiska. In the evening, let yourself be pampered at one of the local wellness facilities.

Common Tips

During the tour of Luhačovice do not miss the Augustinian house where Janáček spent a total of 12 seasons. He wrote the draft for the opera The Cunning Little Vixen and the famous Glagolitic Mass here. To this day the hotel has preserved the suite of Leoš Janáček in honor of the famous composer.

Transportation

Ideally, by car / minibus from Prague, Brno along highway D1 to Hulín and subsequently through Otrokovice, Zlín, Bohuslavice and Biskupice to Luhačovice (317 km, about 3:16 hours.).
Public transportation: by train to Olomouc, then change to the express train to Luhačovice (about 4 hours). Every day there is also a direct train from Prague to Luhačovice (more than 4 and a half hours). You can also use a series of buses.

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The Villas Valaška and Vlastimila in Luhačovice

Petřín, Karlín, Hradčany, Strahov or Vyšehrad. According to these villas, a whole part of Luhačovice was renamed after a Prague district.

Address

Betty Smetanové 388
763 26 Luhačovice
GPS: 49.113236, 17.764972

Jestřábí Spa House in Luhačovice

The building is one of the early Jurkovič Luhačovice creations (built in 1903). It is a newly built detached villa, located on the outskirts of the spa park.

Address

Leoše Janáčka 238
763 26 Luhačovice
GPS: 49.110613, 17.764991

Music Pavilion in Luhačovice

The Music Pavilion is especially used in the summer season – another of the twelve-folk Art Nouveau buildings, which in Luhačovice, was successfully completed by the architect Dušan Jurkovič.

Address

763 26 Luhačovice
GPS: 49.11057, 17.765

Hydrotherapy institute with the swimming pool in Luhačovice

The Hydrotherapy Institute was rebuilt by the architect Jurkovič in 1902 from a former mill, which was built here in the early 18th century.

Address

Leoše Janáčka 97
763 26 Luhačovice
GPS: 49.110563, 17.765956

Jurkovič House in Luhačovice

The dominant feature of the city and a national historic landmark named after its architect from the year 1947.

Address

Lázeňské náměstí 109
763 26 Luhačovice
GPS: 49.106626, 17.761771

Mineral healing springs in Luhačovice

15,000 liters of mineral water in Luhačovice gets to the surface in just an hour. Luhačovice mineral waters are high in minerals considered among the most effective in Europe and due to their high gas content also enable baths in truly natural "bubble water".

Address

763 26 Luhačovice
GPS: 49.1058164, 17.7584883

Villa Chaloupka in Luhačovice

Villa Chaloupka demonstrates that even with a financially limited budget a house that will become a cultural monument can be built.

Address

Lázeňské náměstí 126
763 26 Luhačovice
GPS: 49.109694, 17.770290

Vyhlídka Hotel

The luxury Vyhlídka Hotel is situated right next to the summer aqua park at Luhačovice Lake. The centre of Luhačovice is a 5-minute drive or a 20-minute leisurely walk along the Jurkovič Trail, leading as far as the spa colonnade.

Address

Hotel Vyhlídka ****
Pozlovice 206
763 26 Luhačovice
GPS: 49.121048, 17.777715

Augustinian House Hotel

Enjoy the spa atmosphere of the picturesque town of Luhačovice while staying in the Augustinian House Hotel, where all of your six senses will be at the centre of attention. In the past the hotel welcomed the renowned composer Leoš Janáček, and it was here where he created his famous pieces – the Glagolitic Mass and the Cunning Little Vixen, which still inspire the whole world today.

Address

Wellness & spa hotel
Augustinianský Dům ****
Václavíka 241
763 26 Luhačovice
GPS: 49.113992, 17.768371

Alexandria Spa & Wellness Hotel

The original luxury spa complex in Luhačovice effortlessly combines two seemingly different faces – the spa tradition and modern architecture. Having received a general makeover, the original building of the hotel complex evokes the atmosphere, elegance and charm of the 1930s. 

Address

Hotel Alexandria ****
Masarykova 567
763 26 Luhačovice
GPS: 49.100657, 17.759696

Jurkovič House

The Jurkovič House Hotel bears the name of its famous creator. In 1902 the architect Dušan Jurkovič made a design to convert a former mill into a spa house with accommodation and spa treatment facilities. So this is the story of the birth of the Jurkovič House Hotel which has dominated Luhačovice ever since, and represents a rare example of an Art Nouveau listed structure with folk elements.

Address

Hotel Jurkovičův dům ****
Lázeňské náměstí 109
763 26 Luhačovice
GPS: 49.106621, 17.761606

Alpská růže Villa (Alpine Rose Villa)

The Alpine Rose Villa is a typical example of the so-called Alpine style architecture, which considerably influenced the appearance of the Luhačovice Spa in the second half of the 19th century. It is also thanks to this fact that the romantic villa has been declared cultural heritage.

Address

Vila Alpská Růže ****
Lázeňské náměstí 170
763 26 Luhačovice
GPS: 49.106724, 17.760132

Vyhlídka Hotel

The luxury Vyhlídka Hotel is situated right next to the summer aqua park at Luhačovice Lake. The centre of Luhačovice is a 5-minute drive or a 20-minute leisurely walk along the Jurkovič Trail, leading as far as the spa colonnade.

Address

Hotel Vyhlídka ****
Pozlovice 206
763 26 Luhačovice
GPS: 49.121048, 17.777715

Palace Hotel

60 types of curative treatments, the latest therapeutic equipment, 24-hour medical service, luxurious accommodation, barrier-free access... are the main attractions of the Palace Hotel in Luhačovice.

Address

Lázeňský Hotel Palace ****
Náměstí 28. října 441
763 26 Luhačovice
GPS: 49.102004, 17.760925

Augustinian House Hotel

Enjoy the spa atmosphere of the picturesque town of Luhačovice while staying in the Augustinian House Hotel, where all of your six senses will be at the centre of attention. In the past the hotel welcomed the renowned composer Leoš Janáček, and it was here where he created his famous pieces – the Glagolitic Mass and the Cunning Little Vixen, which still inspire the whole world today.

Address

Wellness & spa hotel
Augustinianský Dům ****
Václavíka 241
763 26 Luhačovice
GPS: 49.113992, 17.768371

Vila pod lipami - Lázeňský/SPA hotel

It offers rooms with views of the Park. Comfortable double bedded rooms with double bed are equipped with en suite facilities, TV, telephone, fridge, kettle and free Wired internet access. 

Address

Vila pod lipami ***
Lázeňské náměstí 95
763 26 Luhačovice
GPS: 49.106456, 17.759654