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Prague Wellness Guide: Healthy Eating, Spas, Exercise Options and More

March 26, 2020
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Barbora Šedivá

Prague may not be known as a wellness destination, per se, but that doesn’t mean the city doesn’t offer a whole host of ways to stay healthy and active on holiday. Visitors and locals alike can enjoy expansive parks, spas, fitness facilities of all kinds, and restaurants offering vegetarian and vegan dishes prepared with local, seasonal ingredients. Get our local guide’s top tips on how to keep happy and healthy during your stay in Prague.

Keeping Fit in Prague

Hit the pool at Prague's Wellness Hotel Step | Photo credit: Wellness Hotel Step

Gyms & Wellness Centres

Czech people love to spend a relaxing weekend at a spa or a wellness hotel. These can often be found for a very affordable price. Nowadays, more and more locals often treat themselves to sauna or a massage. But the spa tradition in the Czech Republic goes all the way back to the communist regime – many towns and cities would have a public swimming pool with a couple of basic spa services.

In addition, doctors often prescribe a three to six week stay in a spa, all covered by health insurance (including accommodation and food), especially after surgeries but also for other common ailments and for recovery after surgery or other medical treatments. Other cities in the rest of the country are very well known for their wellness services.

Fitness

Wellness Hotel Step is very tourist friendly and a one-stop-shop for fitness-related activities. They offerings includes a large swimming pool, six different types of saunas, steam bath, hot tub, an indoor golf training area, bowling, massages, and a hair salon. They also offer tennis, squash, badminton, and ping-pong. Prices hover around mid-range to expensive for local standards, but are very affordable compared to other countries.

True Pilates Prague is where to get your Pilates fix in the city and the studio follows the original teachings of Joseph Pilates. They offer both group and private classes in a bright and airy studio in the heart of Prague.

If you’re looking for a budget-friendly way to keep fit in Prague, look no further than the city’s street workout parks, which have becoming more and more popular. These areas are great for body-weight workouts like pull-ups, push-ups, dips, and squats and make for a simple (and free) way to work out in the city.

Pampering in Prague

Just outside of Prague, Tree of Life is an ideal spot for some serious pampering | Photo credit: Tree of Life

Spa & Beauty

Vincentka is a popular brand of mineral water known for its healing properties and even prescribed by some doctors. People use it for drinking, inhaling, gargling with or bathing in. It also comes in pills and nasal spray and can be very good for treating colds, congestion, sore throats, or vocal problems

Manufaktura is a stop along the Royal Route offering locally-made items of all kinds, including organic cosmetic products using ingredients like Czech beer and Moravian wine, as well as bathing salt from nearby Carlsbad.

Becherovka is a local herbal liquor from Carlsbad used for digestion made from more than 20 herbs and spices. The taste isn’t for everyone, but you never know unless you try!

Castle Spa is located outside of Prague in the spa town of Karlovy Vary and offers a wide array of treatment options. The spa, like many others in the area, also make use of the region’s thermal mineral water, including a beautiful pool filled with the healing waters known to be the only one of its kind in the Czech Republic.

Also outside of Prague (but worth a visit) is Tree of Life, a modern four-star spa resort in the town of Lázně Bělohrad. Choose from a variety of treatment options, as well as saunas, steam rooms, and much more depending on the type of relaxation you’re looking for.

It’s no secret that Czech’s love their beer, and there are several spas located throughout the city where beer becomes a spa treatment. A couple to choose from include Original Beer Spa and Beer spa Bernard. While some factors may vary from spa to spa, the original patented procedure uses a combination of a beer bath and an oat bed, which is said to have beneficial effects on the human body and help soothe the mind. The main component in a beer bath is water heated to around 35 degrees Celsius, containing the ingredients which go into beer – yeast, hops and malt. But this bath is one that doesn’t forget the taste buds. During the procedure you can drink as much beer as you like – for rehydration purposes of course.

For something a bit different, try a boat sauna with beautiful views! Lázně na Lodi allows you to do exactly that. Soothe your muscles in the sauna then jump into the river to cool off – what could be better? They also offer a cooling tub if you’d rather not take a river plunge. Towels are available for rent and beer and other refreshments are available. This spot fills up fast, so reservations (which can be made via their website) are recommended.

Thai Sun in the centre of Prague is a good place to go to enjoy a massage by an experienced masseur. Your body will be in heaven and the procedure will charge you with new energy. You can also bust stress and find balance at the Zen Asian Wellness Centre on Haštalská Street in the Old Town.

 

Healthy Eating in Prague

Fill up on healthy eats at Pastva, a vegan restaurant and cafe | Photo credit: Pastva

While Prague might not be known for health-conscious cuisine, there are still a lot of healthy options in the city for sating your appetite. This includes a great variety of vegetarian and vegan restaurants (which we have conveniently rounded up) to balance out some of the meat oriented cuisine of Prague.

Restaurants

Sisters Bistro offers traditional Czech food that also incorporates farm-fresh ingredients and a modern twist. They serve up chlebičky, a traditional Czech open-faced sandwich using wholesome, healthy ingredients on artisanal bread.

You’ll find Forrest Bistro in the Vinohrady neighborhood of Prague. The vegan bistro and espresso bar offers a daily lunch menu featuring Czech, Asian, or fusion dishes, as well as dinner, vegan desserts, and good quality coffee.

Pastva is a vegan restaurant and café – the name of which means grazing in Czech – and the relaxing spot serves a variety of vegan dishes, soups, salads, and baked goods. The lunch menu changes daily, but expect creative items ranging from vegan pho and curries, to falafel bowls and vegan lasagna.

The all vegan EATERNIA restaurant is perfect for anyone looking to indulge with a quick and tasty meal – think vegan hot dogs, hamburgers, poutine, and fries. They also serve hearty dishes like goulash, as well as soups and salads.

Satsang is a vegetarian restaurant with many vegan options that offers a changing dinner menu taking its inspiration from cuisines around the world, as well as a very popular brunch. Brunch includes everything from ultra-fluffy vegan pancakes and tofu scramble, to indulgent breakfast sandwiches and bottomless mimosas.

Mind, Body & Soul

Prague's gree spaces and parks are perfect for relaxation and getting active outdoors | Photo credit: Pixabay

Restful Places

The National Museum of Prague, founded in 1818, is the place to go for a relaxing afternoon in the city. Spectacular interiors, including a huge glass dome in the main hall ease the mind, while the museum itself (spread out over several buildings in Prague) features 14 million items from the areas of natural history, history, arts, musi,c and more.

The National Gallery Prague is a state-owned art gallery in Prague, which manages the largest collection of art in the Czech Republic and presents masterpieces of Czech and international fine art in permanent and temporary exhibitions.

Central Gallery offers collections of Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali & Alfons Mucha over three floors in the Old Town Square and well worth a look.

Yoga

Yoga Prague offers classes for yogis of all levels and purports that yoga is for everyone – something that they practice through their individualized attention to students. Classes cover everything from traditional Hatha yoga to pre-natal yoga and are offered in both English and Czech (check the schedule for indication).

Yoga Space is located in the centre of the city and offers a small studio for a maximum of 20 participants. Mats and other equipment are provided and instructors come with extensive teaching backgrounds. Some classes in English are available.

Outdoor Activity

Prague is one of the greenest capitals in Europe. It boasts a ton of green spaces to get lost in, but some of the best are listed below.

Prague Castle Gardens are a peaceful spot underneath the city’s most famous landmark – Prague Castle – and offer a scenic place to wander or just find a spot to sit with a book.

It would be hard to find a more peaceful, contemplative place in all of Prague than Břevnov Monastery Garden. Meander along the many walking paths or perch yourself on a bench to take in the scenic setting.

Kampa Island is an island between the Vltava River and its side branch, Čertovka and was recently voted one of the most beautiful city islands in the world. Spend time here enjoying a picnic, visiting a museum, strolling walking paths, and taking in the views of the Charles Bridge.

Stromovka is Prague’s largest and most popular park, located in the middle of the city, providing an oasis of calm amongst the hustle and bustle. Here you’ll find lots of ponds, streams, and flower beds to admire.

Divoká Šárka Natural Park is on the outside of the city and is a romantic, rugged valley. There’s a beautiful natural pool and lake here to swim in.