Karlova Studanka SPA - good for Respiratory Disorders natural therapy
It is surrounded by evergreen forests, offering a wonderful healing climate - it is said that this region has the cleanest air in Czech Republic and maybe even in Central Europe. We must not forget to add the peat bog, mineral springs and amazing countryside tempting us to wander around.
Local springs were known from times immemorial, and the incentive to build a spa here came after the famous balneologist von Cranz listed this place and its springs in his book in 1777. The land here was own by the order of Teutonic Knights and the grandmasters Maxmilian II Frantisek and Karel Ludvik instigated the building of the first bath house in 1785. The first spring was named after Maxmilian Frantisek. The first names of the spa were Freudenthaler Sauerbrunn or Hinnewieder, but since 1803 it was named Karlova Studanka in honour of Karel Ludvik (1771-1847). He was the Empress Marie Therese's grandson and one of the victors over Napoleon. In 1840s some classicist bath houses were built. In 1852 a Krnov physician Antonin August Malik published a thesis on Karlova Studanka.
Gradually new buildings were built influenced by a fashionable Alpine style of architecture. After the German occupation in 1938 the German Knights lost the spa. After 1945 the spa complex continued its development and in 1960s several new headsprings were bored (Vladimir, Petr).
Among other sights there is the Empire style Church of the Virgin Mary Healing the Sick dating back to 1829 (originally the spa centre was here), the wooden Chapel of St. Hubert from 1758 and the hunting lodge of St. Hubert (1 757-1 758). A music pavilion built in 1835 used to be a part of the spa complex. The Empire style greenhouse dates back to 1785. The classicist and Empire style timber bath houses were gradually renewed and today they create a very specific atmosphere of this unique place.
The medium mineralised water of bicarbonate-carbon dioxide-calcic type with a higher saturation of silicic acid is used for carbon dioxide bathing and drinking. In recent years the gases from the headspring gas are very successful. The climate adds to all this and though the spa is situated quite high above sea level, the weather is usually quite mild. The mountainous environment with thick forests has a high concentration of negative ions and this has a favourable influence on the mucous membranes of the respiratory system and in healing allergies and asthma.
Beside the air passages, the vascular illnesses, diseases of blood, occupational diseases such as silicosis are treated here, as well as oncological cases after completion of complex hospital treatment without signs of remission.