Jáchymov (in German: Sankt Joachimsthal or Joachimsthal) is a spa town in north-west Bohemia in the Czech Republic. It is situated at an altitude of 733 m above sea level in the eponymous St. Joachim's valley in the Ore Mountains.
Jáchymov is about 126 km far from Prague.
The first use of spring was purely practical. Thermal water served to run the water wheel which set in motion an iron ore mine built close to the spring. It was around 1006 A.D.
At the beginning of the 16th century silver was found in this area. The exploitation of this valuable resource caused the place to grow rapidly, and coincidentally made the Counts von Schlick, whose possessions included the town, one of the richest noble families in Bohemia.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Marie Curie discovered in a piece of pitchblende ore containing uraninite from Jáchymov the element radium, for which she won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Until the First World War this was the only known source of uranium in the world.
The first radon spa in the world was founded in Jáchymov in 1906.
Uranium mining ceased in 1964. The radioactive thermal springs which rise in the former uranium mine workings are used under the supervision of doctors for the treatment of patients with nervous and rheumatic disorders. The healing springs help to treat also disorders of the musculoskeletal system, disorders of the peripheral nervous system, metabolic disorders, skin disorders, CNS disorders, post-operative and post-traumatic therapy and osteoporosis.
In Jáchymov you will find a specialized programme for disorders of the musculoskeletal system, disorders of the peripheral nervous system, metabolic disorders, skin disorders, CNS disorders, post-operative and post-traumatic therapy, osteoporosis.
RADON TREATMENT – HEALING ENERGY FROM THE ENTRAILS OF THE EARTH
It is a specific natural health resource that makes a certain locality a health resort. There are climatic spa resorts, spa resorts with springs of thermal mineral water, mud spa resorts etc. Léčebné lázně Jáchymov a.s. is absolutely unique and different in terms of its natural healing resource. It cures by means of radon water that, unlike other resources, does not have chemical effects, but energetic ones.
A unique source of these natural resources is a mine in Jáchymov, which is still functional, the oldest one in Bohemia and probably also in Europe. It arose in 1518 and there are springs of radon water on its twelfth level, at a depth of 500 m under ground, which are called, for example, after academician Běhounek or Marie Curie – Sklodowska.
Water of these springs is collected in the reservoir on the 12th level and drawn from here to a height of 400 m into a storage reservoir on Barbora level. Radon water is then let down from the reservoir to Daniel level, and there it is conducted in the pipe line in a total length of approximately 3000 m into individual balneological operations.
LÉČEBNÉ LÁZNĚ JÁCHYMOV a.s.
T. G. Masaryka 415
362 51 Jáchymov
tel.: 353 831 313
Last update: 2017-09-20