The world can be a stressful place. So why not forget about it for a moment and hit the sauna? Especially popular in Northern-Europe, the sauna is a cultural tradition that has been said to improve your general health, reduce stress, and help you sleep at night. Here are our 4 picks for starting your sauna habit in Czechia.
There’s a National Theater sauna? Yes, and you can listen to live music during your sweat-session if you time your visit well. Located on the fifth floor of the The New Stage of the National Theater, the Finnish-style sauna gives you the chance to relax next to one of the most beautiful buildings in Prague. The sauna’s opening was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic but will likely begin this fall. Entry is available with a membership card, which can be purchased starting at 500kc per person. According to a Fobes Cesko article, entry may be allowed without membership. Members are limited to only two entries per month.
Saunia is among the better-known saunas in Prague, and features six locations inside the shopping malls in Chodov, Butovice, Krakow, Harfa, Cerny Most, and Hostivar. Here you can find a variety of sauna options, including a traditional Finnish Sauna, as well as a Herbal, Tropical, Salt, and Steam sauna (varies by location). Saunia also offers somewhat luxury-feeling post-sauna cooling methods, including a cold pool, icy-cold mist showers, and a bucket of water to dump on your head for your immediate cold-shock. The establishment also features a relaxation terrace and bar. The standard fee after 3pm is 295kc per person and monthly and semi-annual memberships are available. A discount is given with a multisport card.
3) Lázně na Lodi
This unique 16-seat “Spa on the Boat” offers relaxation with a view of the Vltava river and Finnish-style interior design. After sweating it out, you can take a breather in their relaxation room or on the outdoor deck to catch some fresh air. The mixed-sex sauna charges 140kc/hour per person and only accepts cash. If you own a multisport card the first hour is free! Open every day from 6pm to 11pm. Reservations required (book several days ahead of time!).
4) Teepee & Spa (with sauna)
As the only place on our list not located in Prague, Teepee & Spa might be worth the trek — and the cash. Located roughly two hours from the city by public transport, or 45 minutes by car, this unique sauna experience is for nature lovers with a high budget. This comprehensive spa, sauna, and accommodation, with a gigantic teepee to boot, offers an intimate sauna option with a traditional cedar wood interior finish. Running at 9000kc for two nights, this one is for the fully-secluded nature getaway. The location and instagram-worthy design also make it popular — reservations are currently unavailable until November.