The ancient town of Poděbrady, nestling in the fertile Polabí Lowlands, less than 50 kilometres from Prague, was first mentioned in historical annals in 1224 as a settlement, and later as a castle, erected on a trade route near a ford on the river Labe. In the 15th century, King George of Poděbrady granted town status to it and in the 17th century a small spa was founded near a spring of curative ferric acidulous water. The modern-day history of the town and the local spa industry commenced in the Art Nouveau period, when a new rich spring of mineral water with a large content of carbon dioxide, magnesium and calcium was discovered. The curative mineral water, the surrounding lowlands and the low altitude (185 metres) are reasons why the spa has won favour with people suffering from heart diseases. 

The spa centre nestles amidst parks, and lush lowland forests line both banks of the river Labe.

The landscape and the town, also known for producing crystal lead glass, have a quieting effect on their visitors. The tranquil, romantic environment is excellent not only for spa guests, but also for those interested in hiking and sport. At the same time, Poděbrady is an ideal venue for smaller congresses.