< CZECH REPUBLIC | JÁCHYMOV: Radium Palace Spa Hotel
In 1864, when the miners were excavating the ore at the Svornost mining pit in the depth of about half a kilometre, a strong spring of water burst out that
quickly flooded the pit. For decades nobody could imagine that it would be this spring, which will, after the discovery made by the Curies, make Jáchymov famous as a health
Year 1906 is considered as the start point of the local spa practice. On the beginning there were only small private baths. Soon the state takes on the main part. In 1911 the first spa house opened up where the healing water was brought down by several kilometres long pipeline. The remarkable healing effects induced the idea of building the Radium Kurhaus spa hotel - today known as the Radium Palace.
In order to build this spa hotel a Limited Company was founded in Vienna in 1910, with Count Ernst Sylva Tarrouca as its president. The prestigious Viennese architect Burian was put in charge of the construction. Built on the site of a former inn, the Palace hotel, 5-storey Viennese neo-classical building was completed in 1912 and furnished with all the luxury of the time.
Upon its opening, Radium Palace was one of the most modern spa hotels in Central Europe. After the First World War a terrace with a colonnade and balustrades was added. The dance bar arose in the basement and the hotel built the nearby tennis courts and Forest Café.
Mostly celebrities of political, industrial and cultural life used to come here for treatment. Gradually other spa houses and private bed n’ breakfasts were built, which, by the thirties, enabled accommodation of up to nine thousand spa guests a year. Jáchymov radium spa won the world fame.
The thorough renovation and update carried out in 1996-1997 improved the level of the services offered, while at the same time preserving the unique historical charm of this impressive building. The interiors with their original architectural detail and stylish marble tiling will appeal to the taste of even the most demanding clients.
Every spa likes to boast its famous visitors and Radium Palace is no different. It hosted the first Czech president T. G. Masaryk, who even celebrated his eightieth birthday here. Other famous visitors include Johann Strauss, Max Švabinský, Baron Rothschild, Fjodor Shalyapin, Oskar Nedbal, Karel May or Edvard Beneš. In 1925 the double Nobel Prize winner Marie Curie – Sklodowská came to visit the hotel.
That the hotel was famous and very popular is also testified to by the fact that the Conference of Foreign Affairs Ministers took place here in 1927 – the “Small Treaties Conference”. It was organised on the initiative of the Czechoslovak Minister of Foreign Affairs Edvard Beneš.
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