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Construction of the Harvey Spa Hotel began in 1916 and was completed in 1918. The hotel was named after William Harvey, who first described blood circulation in the 17th century. Over time, the building began to deteriorate and ceased to serve its original purpose, and in 2012 Harvey, together with Metrostav, embarked on an extensive renovation that saved the entire building from planned demolition.
Františkovy Lázně is a small spa town in the Cheb district of the Karlovy Vary region, at an altitude of 442 meters. It is one of the pillars of the so-called West Bohemian spa triangle and still bears the hallmarks of spa towns from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Here, the wine roads through the well-maintained parks and peace and tranquility reign everywhere. Thanks to its convenient location near the border, Františkovy Lázně is very attractive not only from a medical point of view but also from a tourist point of view.
In Františkové Lázně, diseases of the heart and blood circulation and diseases of the locomotor system are treated. Natural resource treatments include mud baths, mud wraps, carbon gas baths, gas injections, and carbon baths.
The healing effects of local springs have been known since the 15th century. The city was founded in 1793 by Emperor Francis I as the first bog spa in the world. The water from the springs was used not only by residents – it was also sold throughout Germany. It is documented that in 1700 in Germany, the sale of water from the Franciscan baths exceeded the volume of water coming from all German baths.