From the discovery of a healing spring
in the woods by Premonstratensian
monks in 1197, six centuries passed
before the location was granted
the status of a spa and received its name,
derived fromMary’s Spring. In the
19th century, spa buildings sprang
up around here faster than mushrooms
in the surrounding forests. By the time
the poet Goethe fell passionately
in love with the young Ulrike here
in the summer of 1823, a stay in
Mariánské Lázně had already become
a must on the European social calendar.
Other famous guests have included Ema
Destinnová, Richard Wagner, Frédéric
Chopin, Franz Kafka, Thomas Edison
and hundreds of others.
The importance of this spa town
is confirmed by the fact that it is one
of the European spa towns applying
for inclusion on the UNESCO World
Heritage List. Come here to relax in the
care of the professionals at the spa and
to taste the delicious spa wafers.
Reason to visit
A real architectural gem and
a perennially popular place to visit
is the cast-iron colonnade with
the Singing Fountain, which at every
odd hour from April to October plays
some of the most famous compositions
of the international repertoire. If you
are a romantic spirit, make sure to come
back in the evening, when the music
is complemented by lighting effects.
In 1905, the first golf course
in the Czech lands was opened here
by King Edward VII of England.
The highlight of the club‘s history
is obtaining the right to use the title
“Royal Golf Club” through a generous
decision by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003.
It’s another reason why Mariánské
Lázně wears the royal crown
of Czech spas.
GPS for the information centre:
49°58‘31.091“N, 12°42‘10.767“E
170 km; 1 hour 50minutes.
Direct connections from the
Main Railway Station every two hours;
journey time 2 hours 50minutes.
Karlovy Vary
When King Charles IV sampled
the mineral water from a spring
in the forests surrounding Loket Castle
in 1350, he decided to establish
a spa here. About 200 years later,
Karlovy Vary was attracting famous
guests from all over the world
and was the pearl of the West Bohemian
spa triangle, which is a favourite to earn
a place on the UNESCO World
Heritage List.
What to do first? Take a promenade
along the colonnade and taste the waters
from the 12 springs? Visit beautiful
church buildings? Sample a Becherovka
and spa wafers at the Grandhotel Pupp?
Spot the stars at the international
film festival? Soak up the high-society
atmosphere on the golf course or
at the racetrack? With so much to choose
from in Karlovy Vary, you are spoilt for
Reason to visit
The greatest wealth of Karlovy Vary
is the 12 hot mineral springs used for
treating problems of the digestive tract,
metabolic disorders as well as oncological
and musculoskeletal diseases. You can
stay at one of the dozens of beautiful
spa buildings, villas or resort complexes.
Among the most important hotels are the
Grandhotel Pupp, the Imperial Hotel and
the Thermal Hotel.
Visit the Moser Museum, where you
will discover the magical world of the
luxurious crystal glass with a tradition
dating back more than 150 years and
learn why it is called “the glass
of kings”.
The alchemy of producing Becherovka
liqueur has been a closely guarded
secret for more than 200 years, and
it will not be divulged even at the Jan
Becher Museum. Enjoy a visit to the
newly reconstructed cellars where
Becherovka was made for 143 years,
and taste the herbal liqueur at the bar.
GPS for the information centre:
50°13‘47.864“N, 12°51‘51.866“E
130 km; 1 hour 40minutes.
Direct connections from the
Main Railway Station every two hours;
journey time 3 hours 20minutes.
Direct connections from the
Florenc Bus Station almost every hour;
journey time approximately 2 hours 15
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