One story says that spa-goers, males and females, believed in the forgiveness of sins, adultery in particular. When water wheel clapped and revolved as supposed to, sins were forgiven. The other stories seem to be rather from the realm of fairy tales. One of them says that water wheels were constructed by young lovers, to strengthen their love, whereas the second one portray the character of water sprite and pearls. Either way, a tradition of the DIY water wheels on the Jachymov stream was reinstated around 2003. Since then, Jachymov City Council organises the water wheels opening ever year.

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