The Czech Republic loves beer. In fact, beer is actually cheaper than water and other beverages, especially at restaurants and bars! They rank number one in the world for beer consumption, drinking on average 144 liters of beer for every baby, child, teenager, adult, pregnant woman and tourist in the country! Pretty much, it’s a beer city here. Bottom line: beer is everywhere in Prague.
Beer is as much part of their culture—just like baseball with the United States. However, there is a way to literally immerse yourself into their traditional Czech beer culture. By literally, I mean like physically in their beer spa!
There is nowhere else than Prague where you’d be able to soak yourself in beer with all-natural ingredients that would cure what ales you!
As a beer geek myself, it had been a lifelong dream of mine to take a bath in beer while drinking a beer. Like duh! I wouldn’t miss out on this for the world, especially when I have my Grandpa by my side. Not only that, it’s his first time traveling out of the United States to live out his lifetime dream to travel in Europe. This was just plainly a must-do.
Let me explain you how to enjoy a beer spa in three simple steps….
1. Find a beer spa, duh!
Can’t miss this step. There are many beer spas in Prague to choose from. According to excellent reviews and ratings on TripAdvisor, I decided to go with Beer Spa Bernard Prague, and it’s in the center of the city by the Hotel Metamorphis. They agreed to provide me the spa experience at media rate.
That really got my Grandpa all excited like a sweet-toothed kid in a candy store. We immediately made our reservation and went in to meet their beer spa assistant.
The spa assistant was very informative with me while writing about the relaxing treatment process to me. She then explained that a beer bath had tons of health benefits including helping your body with detoxification, increased blood circulation, calming of the nervous system, relief of joint pain, smooth skin, and more.
I was in total awe of that. I just couldn’t believe the health benefits it had. Especially with the fact that it had been proven a medical procedure since the Middle Ages. Precisely, since the beginning of beer discovery, which is dated to 7th Century BC. Imagine that!
Once the spa assistant was finished with filling me in, he led me down the cellar—it looked like it was constructed several hundreds years ago–to lock up my belongings. While stripping out of my clothes, I could smell the thickness of hops in the air. I became impatient with time as it went into slo-mo! It felt like time froze on me when I was waiting to get into the bath.
2. Soak in beer bath with unlimited beer.
Once I was in the spa room, There was an enormous spa bath shaped and styled to look like a giant beer barrel in the front of me. The beer bath was covered with green tinged bubbles, a result of the barley, hops and yeast that had been mixed into the water.
You can wear a swimsuit if you’re modest or with a friend that you are not sexually intimate with. Besides that, you can be entirely naked.
In that case, my Grandpa and I were comfortable enough to go in the baths naked. Well, the perks of traveling with family.
You’ll be granted your very own antique beer tap for your entire 30 minutes in the bath. You’ll be able to pour unlimited wonderfully hoppy unpasteurized Bernard beer for your further refreshment.
I got to admit that I went a little crazy on the beer. I wanted to get the most and best of it, but my grandpa was too old for that.
That 30 minutes absorbing vitamin B, carbohydrates and proteins, was so good and perfect for my Grandpa and I to reflect and catch up over stuff we had seen in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, and Germany. Well, we did spend a lot of quality time while exploring these countries, but we both realized while catching up that we spent more time keeping our eyes out on different sightseeings rather than having a chat. Hey, that didn’t mean we didn’t talk at all, but we did chat a bit here and there, but often with divided attention with sightseeings and attractions.
After 30 minutes, the Jacuzzi jets are turned off, signaling the end of your bath time.
3. Rest on a heated bed
After 30 minutes, the Jacuzzi jets are turned off, signaling the end of your bath time. The spa assistant came in to lead us to the spa’s rejuvenation room to rest on a heated bed for another 30 minutes.
My Grandpa was pampered like a baby as he was wrapped and tucked in the blanket on the heated bed. My grandpa knocked out the minute the spa assistant left his side to go over on my side of bed and tucked me in. I couldn’t go out cold like my Grandpa did. — Well, I’m young and I still got plenty of energy in me as it was in the middle of the day.
I just closed and rested my eyes in this dimmed room to allow my body absorb the healing effects of the beer spa. It was very mediating as my mind actually cleared out. The temperature of the room was just perfect.
Although my Grandpa and I didn’t, but you can extend your resting treatment to a massage for 20 minutes at an additional cost.
Boy, that 30 minutes surely had gone by before I could say “beer!”
Beer makes a nice body
You would find that kind of quote written in many posters, flyers and ads in earlier times to encourage you to bathe in beer for better skin. In that case, I would like to tell you that quote is absolutely 100% true. Hands down. Beer bath helps to the right perfusion, skin and hair regeneration and to the whole nerves system.
I hate the fact that everything has to end at one point. Well… Otherwise, nothing would ever get started.I returned to the change room, got dressed, and finished off my glass of delicious Czech beer that we still had from the bath. Yes, you’ll be able to continue your consumption of the beer after the bath. It was so easy to get more, but so hard to finish because I wanted to savor every single sip of the beer.
The treatment concluded with a certification of completion with procedure description, which was an awesome souvenir to have besides the original bottle of Beer Bernard with historical seal.
Nonetheless, I felt like my skin was reborn. My skin felt absolutely fantastic. Not only that, the pain my Grandpa had been having in his knee injury went away for a while afterwards. He was one happy and pain-free young-at-heart senior citizen for a good while! His smile was bigger than his head and he couldn’t get rid of it for days!
Anyways, keep in mind that you should not shower for the next 12 hours to keep the feeling of rebirth and to get the full effects of the beer treatment.
Now, all way to the point… If you’re a beer geek like me or you just love spas, this is a must-do in Prague. Especially at Beer Spa Bernard Prague! Otherwise, this is still one of things that should be in your bucket list!