The theater is a neo-renaissance building from the late 19th century, the same era that most of the town was built. The exterior looks promising.The programme in the showcases, which is displayed in different languages, reveals that one should not expect too much from the quality and variety of the performances. The September schedule shows just...more
The colonnade on the small hill opposite the Casino is known as Karolinin pramen. It covers two sources of healing waters and marks the end of the park terrace which begins at the Singing Fountain. On the hill behind it you'll spot the neo-Romanesque catholic church of the Assumption of Mary (Nanebevzetí Panna Maria).more
Krizovy pramen, the Source of the Cross, was the first of Marienbad's water sources which was used for medical purposes. Its water contains Glauber salt, whciuh is known for its strong effects on digestion (think twice what you were planning to do for the rest of the day before you drink more than a sip from it).Together with two other sources,...more
The Russian orthodox church (Pravoslavny kostel) is said to be the most interesting among Marienbad's churches. It is open to visitors during the day but, as I sadly found out after climbing up that steep path, remains closed from noon to 1 p.m. so I could not see the interior. ***grumble*** Time your visit accordingly... The church is located in...more
Nové Lazne (with hacek on the e, hence pronounced "lah-znye" just like name of the town) is the most impressive of the spa buildings. The style can be described as "neo-renaissance" with some goodwill, it is a typical example of the eclectic style at the end of the 19th century. The huge complex hosts facilities for all kinds of spa treatments and...more
The park is the centre of Marienbad's spa area. It fills the bottom of the valley. Around it and up the surrounding slopes the countless hotel and spa buildings are grouped like the spectators in a stadium. The ground is slowly rising towards the kolonáda at the upper end. The wide meadow has some beautiful trees, but flower beds and such are...more
The colonnade is probably the prettiest architecture in this town among the many other beautiful buildings from the era known as the belle epoque, the late 19th century. It was built in 1889 to provide a covered walk for the most important activity in an elegant spa: watching people and being watched. The construction is built from forged iron in...more
The fountain next to the kolonáda is known as the „singing fountain“. Its various features do water ballet performances on various pieces of music, directed by a computer. The shows take place every odd hour during the day, beginning at 7 a.m. In the evening they start hourly, at 9 and 10 p.m. the fountain is illuminated. It "sings" only in the...more
In the town, there are two different types of advertising.The first I saw, was a tourist information map of the town, quite detailed and worth looking at if you haven't a map yourself. This was the usual big square map behind glass.Now, the one's that really made me stop and have a very close look at, were along the walkway from the Lazenska...more
The little Tourist Train hadn't begun operating but the Horse and Carriage rides were.We were rather early and saw them heading to their starting point.The company is "Horse Carriage Company," and you will find the Carriage stand at Goethe Square, next to the Virgin Mary Assumption ChurchIf you want, they will come and pick you up at your hotel...more
Known as the Concert Hall or Marble Hall of the Social House Casino, this is the main venue of concerts. The Casino is another stunning building, built in the style of the Italian renaissance between 1899 -1901. Evidently the acoustics are excellent and the interior is magnificent. It is here the oldest symphony orchestra in the Czech Republic -...more
The beautiful Spa town had beautiful parks! A famous garden architect [Vaclav Skalnik] had to fill ravines and dry up swamps in order to create the beautiful parks. There are numerous pathways that lead to Spa Pavilions and a big expanse of lawn with trees and shrubs scattered around. The Crocus bulbs had emerged from the ground and were flowering...more
The Esplanade Hotel is also a Spa Resort where you may want to come to lose weight as they have a specialized weight loss programs.. As well, diseases of kidneys, urinary tract, air passages are treated. If you come here, you can enjoy traditional baths in mineral water, drinks of healing mineral water, massages, inhalations, baths, gas injections...more
Mirove Namesti is a one-way street that begins at the end of the main street in Marianske Lazne. It is along here where quite a few of the outstanding Spa Hotel's are located, some are a bit different because of bronze statues on their roof's and on the outside of the buildings.On the corner where the main street meets Mirove Namesti, is the "Grand...more
I found the statue of Karel Reitenberger near the Singing Fountain. The statue was unveiled on the 100th anniversary of his birth in 1779. He was born to a miller. In 1800, he joined Tepla Abbey and was ordained as a priest in 1804 and elected an Abbot of Tepla Abbey in 1813. After a dispute over the abbey finances in 1827 he had to step down as...more
Art Nouveau is a style I really enjoy viewing. Here in Marianske Lanze there are plenty of building's in this style. Copelia house is one with its floral decor and curves on the façade. You can find it in Anglicka (English) Street. Itching to see more? Then head toTøebizskeho Street and see the Apollo house and the Municipal Theatre among many,...more
I came across this gentlemans bust in the column hall of the Cross Spring pavilion. Evidently, the township of Marianske Lazne owes a life-long debt to this man for his efforts of establishing the town. The bust was unveiled thanks to the support of the local doctor in 1857.more
The Singing Fountain WAS NOT singing, infact, it wasn't even operating! This is because I was here in April, something to remember if you wish to see it......THE FOUNTAIN OPERATES FROM MAY TO OCTOBER.Shame, I did want to see it!It was in 1986, when the Fountain first performed and since then, plays every odd hour and compositions take part in...more
The Grandhotel Pacifik offers room, board and treatments, specializing in motor functions,...more
Not recommendable for families. German old tourists oriented place where your kinds are welcomed as...more
I spent one week at Marienbad Spa Hotel Kolonada. You can find there pool, masages, sauna, whirpool,...more
When-ever we arrive at a new town one of the problems we face, is finding a car-park.We managed to find street parking near the Post Office. What we had to do, was buy a ticket from the Ticket machine for the amount of time we wanted. It is handy to have some change as some machines give change and others don't! Some take notes and some don't! Once...more
It is quite convenient to go to Marianske Lazne from Prague.By Train it takes about 2,5-3,5 hours,there are many train connections during the day, most of them are direct connections .the price is 224 CZK one way (280 CZK by faster EC Train)The Trains leave from Prague main railway station (Praha Hlavni Nadrazi), station easy accessible by Metro...more
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The typical pastime in the Bohemian spas is promenading the spa quarter and sipping the healing waters, watching people and being watched. The springs are either out in the open or in freely accessible pavillons, and the water is free to take.
To do this, a water cup is a must-have accessoire. Do not drink right from the tap for reasons of hygiene, at least use plastic bottles or plastic cups. To be fashionable, though, you need a special china cup. These cups are on sale in all souvenir shops and in for example the pavillon of Krizovy pramen. They have a long beak which also serves as handle. You drink from the beak, not from the large opening of the cup in order not to spill water all over you while you are walking.
Refill the cup whereever you like, however, do so with care and modesty. The taste is one point, the effects on your health is another. Unless you know what you are doing, i.e. have a doctor's prescription to drink so-and-so-many cups from spring x or y per day, it is better to limit your intake. A word of warning, especially to day trippers: Some of the springs have Glauber salt and drinking their waters before a longer car or coach ride is definitely not a wise idea...
The common designs of those cups are kitschy to ultra-tacky-kitschy. But somehow this style fits into belle epoque Marienbad. There are also a few modern designs available. The prices for the smallest cups start just below 100 czk, larger ones cost 150-200, very big ones more.
Wealth Warning: Avoid using Chequepoint to change money in Marianske Lazne or anywhere else for that matter.
Some of my British and American friends have told me horror stories of the rip-off rates charged by Chequepoint when changing currency. The company (click on the logo so you can steer clear of it) has outlets at many tourist sites. Other VT members in Hungary and Hong Kong have reported the same kind of fraud. My advice is not to use Chequepoint under any circumstances.
Fun Alternatives: You will get much more competitive rates drawing local currency on your Visa or Visa Electron card (preferably use a cash dispenser in a bank during opening hours and check the card slot shows no evidence of being fiddled with (a favourite trick is to slip a thin additional reader in). Shield the keypad with your hand as you tap the numbers in (in another scam, a concealed webcam films your PIN number).
Located approx. 28kms from Marianske Lazne, is the small town of Becov Nad Teplou.
I was hoping to visit the Castle, not to be, it was closed for renovations.
The castle was built in 14th century on an important crossroads by the House of Osek,
In the 15th century, it was taken over by the House of Pluhs of Rabstejn. A Rennaisance Palace was built and then in the baroque period, the lower Chateau was built.
Of special interest in the Castle is a beautifully decorated golden casket dating back to the 13th century used to store the remains of St. Maurus.
The reliquary is the second most valuable relic in the Czech Republic after the crown jewels.
It is displayed in the Lower Chateau. I can imagine a good view would be had from the garden terraces over the valley and the town.
You can visit the Castle from April 1 to October 31 of the year
on Saturdays, Sundays, holidays 10:00 a. m. - 12:00 a. m. 1:00 p. m. - 5:00 p.m.
May, June and September
except Mondays excluding holidays 10:00 a. m. - 12:00 a. m. 1:00 p. m. - 5:00 p.m.
July to August
except Mondays excluding holidays 10:00 a. m. - 12:00 a. m. 1:00 p. m. - 6:00 p.m.
The Castle can only be visited on a tour which takes approx. 45mins.
The outside of the building opens at 9:30 a. m., the ticket office opens at 9:45 a. m.
ADMISSION PRICES ARE HERE.
Nám. 5. kvìtna
36464 Beèov nad Teplou
The oldest golf course in the Czech Republic is located in Marianske Lazne. The course was founded in 1905 by the British King Edward VII. In the 90s hosted European PGA Tour. The best thing about the course is its variety. Every hole is unique. Unique is also the athmosphere in the stylish club house. The golf course is located above the city and...more
Marianske Lazne lies below the Slavkovsky Les Nature Reserve. Slavkovsky Les is a wooded plateau with moderate hills ranging from 800 to 1000 meters. So once you make it up there, it is a pleasant ride. And you always go downhill when returning to Marianske Lazne :-) Some local sport shops rent bikes. Ask at the reception of the place you stay.more
Marienbad's coat of arms is more like a painted picture than a real one which follows the rules of heraldics. It consists of three pictures which describe the main features of the town.On the top left (heraldic right) side there is the Virgin Mary with the baby.The top right (heraldic left) corner shows the dome over Krizovy pramen, the Source of...more
Most buildings in the spa area of the town date from Marienbad's great era, the late 19th century. Tour guides tend to sell it as "art nouveau" architecture, but most of it isn't. The typical style is that eclectic mix of neo-baroque, neo-renaissance, neo-neoclassical elements which was so popular in the 19th century. In France this era is known as...more
Walking along the main street of Marianske Lanze, I saw this shop selling these pottery Clowns, animals & figures. These were different and cute, but I thought may be too heavy to take home. I liked the Christmas decoration's too, they make a good light gift.Pity the shop was closed!more