Ladek (pronounced ‘Londeck’) is popular as a health resort, and is believed to be the oldest spa town in Poland and one of the oldest in Europe. In the past it has been visited by such celebrities as Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Russian Empress Katherine II and the kings of Prussia. Nowadays it helps people with rheumatic, orthopaedic and neurological diseases, where the curative mineral waters and specific microclimate make a stay at Ladek a great opportunity to take care of oneself.
The beautiful architecture is a great reminder of the long history of Ladek, the most attractive being the “Wojciech” and “Maria” Spring House, the Old Town and the Main Square with its Baroque statue as well as the Baroque church of St Mary. Another remarkable attraction is the Gothic bridge, which has been decorated with a monument to John of Nepomuk, a Czech saint, and underlines the Bohemian heritage of these lands. An arboretum located in the spa district is worthy of attention, too, especially when the weather is very hot and you need some cool shade.
Ladek-Zdroj is located in the Klodzko Valley, in south-western Poland and very close to the border with the Czech Republic. Lying within 20 kilometres of Klodzko, the largest town of the district, and a little over 80 from Wroclaw, the capital of Lower Silesia Province, Ladek is easy to reach.
Ladek received city rights in 1282 from Silesian Duke Henryk Probus. The town was a victim of attacks by Turks in the 13th century and Hussites in the 15th. It is assumed that as early as the Middle Ages the settlement became a health resort, with the first recorded health centre with a swimming pool being constructed in 1498. In the 16th century it gained the official status of health resort with a modern – for those times – health centre and guest houses. It was appreciated by the court physic... ( more >>)