Poděbrady is an ancient picturesque town and a spa resort, located in the fertile lowlands that flank the river Elbe, 50 km east of the capital of Prague. Chronicles first mention it as a settlement in 1224. Later, a castle was built there to protect a then nearby trade route and a ford. In the 15th century the King Jiří of Poděbrady granted the town borough status, and later, in the 17th century, a small spa was founded around a spring of healing ferruous mineral water. The modern history of the town and spa development begins in 1905, when a new, strong spring of carbonic mineral water with magnesium and calcium was discovered. The spa park and the first house were established two years later.
Healing water, surrounding lowlands and low altitude explain the popularity of the spa among patients with cardiac disorders. Due to the successful development of the resort, silence and beauty of its magnificent parks and gardens together with active cultural, public and sport life, Poděbrady became a favorite place of rest and treatment for plenty of people from all around the world.
The Poděbrady Chateau is one of the most important historical monuments of East Bohemia. It was originally a Gothic castle built at the end of the 13th century. Its remarkable history is connected to the Czech King Jiří of Poděbrady. A large reconstruction was carried out in the middle of the 16th century, transforming the former castle into a Renaissance chateau. Baroque style alterations followed in the 18th century. Today, the chateau is open to public.