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Located on Goethovo namesti (Goethe Square), just behind the colonnade, this museum gives you interesting insights into Marianske Lazne's history. You will get to know a lot about the springs and their effects and of course about Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who probably was the spa's best known guest. It is especially interesting to see his rooms (when he visited Marianske Lazne, he stayed in the building where the museum is in today) - first and foremost the one with the picture of Ulrike von Levetzow who was Goethe's last love. Read more about that in my general tips!
Other interesting things in the museum: a large panoramic picture of Marianske Lazne, Goethe's original room equipment... Furthermore, the building is the oldest one of Marianske Lazne, dating back to 1818!
Updated Jul 16, 2008
Address: Goethovo namesti 11, 35301 Marianske Lazne
Phone: +420 354 622 740
Built in 1889, the colonnade looks nice from the outside but rather railway-station-like from the inside. Apart from springs just next to it, there are some shops and the singing fountain (which didn't sing when we were there). The colonnade has three domes with interesting paintings in art nouveau style. I'm not sure whether they date back to the origins of the building or whether they were installed later - anyway, they are a must-see in the colonnade.
Written Jul 15, 2008
Marianske Lazne is, however, more famous for its mineral springs than for its architecture. As early as in the 16th century monks from a nearby monastery discovered the healing effects of the springs. 300 years later, what now is Marianske Lazne was founded and soon became a flourishing spa. In 1929, 41000 visitors came to Marianske Lazne during the season! Later, it became a spa for socialist workers of Czechoslovakia. Right now, most of the guests seem German - and literally everybody speaks German!
Well, back to the springs: There are several of them, each against a specific disease. You can for instance try the waters of Ambrosius spring which are part of a drinking therapy, or those of Ferdinand spring which have an abstergent effect.
Unfortunately, I don't remember what Rudolf spring (see picture) is useful for. Just try it yourself... but don't blame me for side effects! ;)
Written Jul 15, 2008
You may find it a little weird to start a page on one of the most famous spas of the world with writing a tip about its architecture... It's just that I really love art nouveau buildings and Marianske Lazne has numerous of them. Basically the whole centre is full of art nouveau. Walk along the central park and you will stop every some metres to discover a new beautiful building. A very nice example are also the colonnades (see tip).
Written Jul 15, 2008
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 (subway)
for train schedule you can check the Railway page (is also in english & german language):
In Marianske Lazne You can use electrobusses from Train station to the city (about 10 minutes drive, 8 CZK )
Have a nice Trip :-)
Updated Apr 4, 2011
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).
Written Apr 6, 2007
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 due to the altitude opened from May til October.
If you want to have game, do not forget to book a tee time in advance. For details see the homepage of the Royal Golf Club Marianske Lazne. Further golf possibilities on www.marianske-lazne.info/en/golf
Equipment: Should not be a problem to hire a set
Updated Oct 5, 2005
Address: above the city
Phone: ++420 354 624 300
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 :-)
Equipment: Some local sport shops rent bikes. Ask at the reception of the place you stay.
Written Oct 5, 2005
Favorite thing: Goethe visited Marianske Lazne (what was then Marienbad) first in 1820, and then in several summers. In 1821, he met Ulrike von Levetzow. Goethe was 72 at that time and von Levetzow was 17. He immediately fell in love with the girl and two years later dared to do the impossible. With the help of a friend he proposed to Ulrike! More or less logically, she didn't feel like him and rejected the proposal. Later she stated that she "loved him just like a father", but not more. Goethe became really depressed when he heard about the rejection and suffered so much that he tried to compensate his suffering in writing. On his way home, he started writing the "Marienbad Elegy" in which he mourns the loss of Ulrike's love. See this link for a complete version of the elegy. Nowadays, the elegy counts as one of Goethe's main works, regarded by some as his most personal poem.
Interestingly, Ulrike von Levetzow became very important in humanist studies later. She lived until the biblical age of 95 and thus was at the end of her life (1804-1899) the only person who had met Goethe!
Written Jul 15, 2008