Take A Soak In Suds With A Prague Beer Bath – Estimated reading time: 7 minutes
Prague is really weird. In fact, the city is so extra that it doesn’t need a street art mural like Portland does, begging its inhabitants to “Keep Prague Weird.” From the David Cerny sculptures, to the Museum of Torture, to the option of getting a fish pedicure, there are so many unusual things to see and do in Prague that visitors will actually have a hard time fitting all of them into their agendas.
In my ongoing quest to find weird and offbeat things to share with you, I thought about all of the possible weird things to do in Czechia’s capital city. I hadn’t yet visited the Sex Machines Museum. I still hadn’t seen all of the David Cerny sculptures. Most of all, I hadn’t ever taken a beer bath in Prague.
Finally, I managed to finally live out a lifelong dream of taking a bath in beer while drinking beer. Important to note is that I didn’t drink the liquid I bathed in. I love beer, but not that much.
So just what is a Prague beer bath really like?
Take A Soak In Suds With A Prague Beer Bath
Yes, it wasn’t really a lifelong dream, but it’s been something that I’ve wanted to do ever since I first heard about it when I moved to Europe. It seems that beer baths are actually quite popular in both Germany and Austria too.
I wondered what it would feel like and if the experience would be relaxing. Were there any healing effects? Would I feel drunk by the end of the beer bath?
Regardless, I was pretty excited to finally undertake a beer bath, I hoped it would be as fun as it sounded.
Beer Spa Bernard in Prague
My Prague beer bath finally happened when I visited Canadian friends Jeff and Katie of Wandertooth. After spending the better part of the day exploring Prague with Katie by foot, she dropped me off at Beer Spa Bernard. Located in the heart of Prague’s Old Town, the location is central and easy to reach if you’re already in the area visiting tourist attractions like the Charles Bridge or astronomical clock.
Spa Bernard offers a private experience that can be enjoyed as a couple or, in my case, alone. And you know me, I like to fly solo!
I learned from the spa attendant that people have been partaking in beer since the Middle Ages. She went on to explain that a beer bath has tons of health benefits like helping your body with detoxification, increased blood circulation, calming of the nervous system, relief of joint pain, smooth skin, and more.
I’d been feeling pretty stressed around this time, so the beer bath was the perfect fix.
The Beer Bath
The experience at Spa Bernard begins when you head to the change room to get undressed. They provide you with bedsheet to wrap around yourself; a bathing suit isn’t required unless you’re feeling modest. As you can tell from my experiences at the German sauna, I have no problem with modesty whatsoever.
From there, you’re led into a room with two giant beer tubs, with each one comfortably fitting two people. The tubs are so amply sized, they can hold up to 350 litres of water. My tub was already filled with warm water, at a perfect 37 degrees Celsius, which they say is the optimal temperature for the experience. The attendant then placed the related beer bath ingredients (barley, hops, and yeast)into the water and left the room. I immediately tossed my sheet aside and jumped into the tub for a long soak.
The heavy smell of beer in the air and the thought of actually bathing in a giant tub of alcohol felt a little strange at first, but you soon forget this as you sink into the warm, soothing water. To my delight, it was a Jacuzzi bath, and the jets of water were soon massaging my entire body. The swirling water helps to release vitamins, proteins etc.
Of course, no beer bath experience is complete without an actual drink of beer, so I grabbed one of the pint glasses conveniently placed next to the tub and poured myself a glass of Bernard beer. You’re actually allowed to drink as much beer as you want during your beer bath. Because, believe it or not, they have a keg directly hooked up to a tap right beside the tub!
After 30 minutes, the Jacuzzi jets are turned off, signalling the end of your bath time. I wrapped myself in the sheet again and was led by the spa attendant into a separate room.
Bed Rest and a Massage
You then climb into bed and are wrapped in fresh linens. You spend the following 30 minutes lying there alone, revelling in relaxation of it all. During this time, you’ll sweat and give your skin time to absorb all of the ingredients in the beer bath.
The treatment concludes with a 20 minute massage. You can even direct the masseuse focus on a certain area of your body. As I have a desk job, I asked her to concentrate on my neck, shoulders, and back. My massage turned out to be so blissful that I actually fell asleep for the last few minutes.
Sadly, the Prague beer bath experience had to end, but I felt absolutely fantastic. I returned to the change room, got dressed, and finished off my last glass of delicious Czech beer.
What do you think? Would you take a bath in beer? Let me know by leaving a comment below.
Prague Beer Spa Bernard
Týn 644/10, 110 00 Praha 1-Staré Město, Czech Republic
+420 221 771 048
Good to Know
1) The price of the Prague beer bath, complete with the quality snuggle time in bed and a massage, is 3590 CZK or €140. The price is reduced if you opt out of the massage. See the spa’s full price list.
2) To gain full health benefits of the beer bath, don’t shower for at least 12 hours. No worries, you will not smell like a drunken sailor afterward.
3) To check out accommodation options for Prague, take a look on booking.com.
4) Go on a guided tour when you’re on vacation in Prague.
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* Disclosure – My time in Prague Beer Spa Bernard was discounted for the purpose of writing this review and sharing my experience. Any opinions expressed are entirely my own. This post also contains some affiliate links. If you book a tour or hotel, I’ll earn a tiny commission at no extra cost to you. Thanks for your support!
Who built that spa? Tim the Tool Man Taylor?
Nah, it feels more like a project that a medieval builder completed! 😉