Mariánské Lázně

Let’s visit one of our spa in Western Bohemia called Marianske Lazne (Marie’s spa). Western Bohemia has more spa towns, but I like this place more than the most famous Karlovy Vary.

Mariánské Lázně, main square, more like park

The area of the city was originally deserted and full of swamps. In 1197 Czech noble Hroznata founded monastery of Teplá (=warm), which took care about the surrounding area and future spa as well. They also found the salty spring in the woods and they started to produce salt from it.

Teplá monastery today

The first healthy mineral spring was named Smelly (guess why), but then it was changed to Mary spring thanks to the St. Mary picture that was put there by a greatful soldier who was recovered by drinking spring water. Now there is known about 100 mineral springs and 53 of them are used for cure. The main drinking springs are: Cross’s, Rudolph´s, Karolina’s, Forrest’s and Ambroz’s springs.

Drinking fountains of spring water

Lot of famous people visited spa during the history, so when you come, you can be in a company of Johann Wolfgang Goethe, who visited the city several times, had his biggest romance there and supported monastery that owned the land there to built spa hotels and accept new therapeutic methods. Goethe’s presence was like a magnet to other noble and famouse people, so Mariánské Lázně were haunted by them.

Art nouveau hotel at main square of the city

In 1897 british king Edward VII visited the city for the first time, he fall in love with it and came 8 more times then, his presence brought the attention of the world to spa and Mariánské Lázně changed season to season to be able to accommodate more and more people, beautiful hotels and spa buildings were built.

Spa colonnade

When you visit the city today, I recommend you not to miss park Boheminium, where models of famous Czech castles and buildings are in measure 1:25. The park is changing from visit to visit, as more and more buildings are added.

Boheminium

Boheminium is placed on the hill above the city, and from there you can walk around deer-field, through the wood with watchtower and down to the city center. It is nice and healthy walk.

Mariánské Lázně, panorama from the hill

Playground in the park

Other famouse visitors of the city: Richard Wagner (German composer), Fryderyk Chopin (Polish composer), Friedrich Nietzsche (Pfilosopher and writer), Johann Strauss (Austrian composer), Antonín Dvořák (Czech composer), Franz Kafka, Sigmund Freud, Rudyard Kipling, Thomas Alva Edison and many more. You can join them, to enjoy the city, at least on my pictures:

Colonnade

Colonnade roof

Colonnade cafe

Drinking cruses for hot spring water

Singing fountain

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