Marianske Lazne Travel Guide

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Marianske Lazne Things to Do

  • hiking

    We went on a wee hike in the forest close to the town. We took the cable car uphill, and then tried to follow a trail. Unfortunately a signpost had been vandalised so we lost the trail we intended following and ended up on another. It all worked out fine and we had a pleasant couple of hours in the countryside with some gentle exercise thrown in!I...

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  • springs

    The town has a number of springs where you just walk up and taste the water (free, public, no cost). They’re often in some kind of pavilion.The Karolinin is close to the Kolonáda, as are the Ambružův and Mariin.The and Rudolfův are well south of that area, in a park. All are well signposted.My favourite is the Ferdinandův, where the...

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  • Divadlo - Theater

    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...

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  • Colonnade of Karolinin pramen

    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).

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  • Krizovy pramen

    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,...

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  • Russian Orthodox Church

    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...

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  • Nove Lázne and Casino

    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...

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  • Skalníkovy Sady - The Park

    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...

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  • Kolonáda

    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...

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Marianske Lazne Restaurants

  • Worth trying

    This place is part of the hotel we stayed in. The menu looked good, so we tried it The 3 course dinner for two (shared starter) with Moravian wine and liqueur coffees set me back only £27 (€37). Admittedly that was after a 10% reduction from a voucher given to us by the hotel, but still.The starter was sauteed chicken liver in a red wine sauce....

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  • Loved it

    Ate a lovely light lunch there in May 15, sitting out on the terrace. We’d had a drink there the previous evening and thought the menu looked good.The food was great. I had a local sausage (bit like a German bratwurst) served with grated horseradish and mustard, plus a white cabbage salad. A glass of Gambrinus “unpasteurised” complemented it well....

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Marianske Lazne Nightlife

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    Irish Pub: Fun

    by iaint Written May 16, 2015

    I’m not an Irish pub “person”. Nothing against the Irish, but I prefer somewhere local and a local beer.

    We went into this one because it was close to where we’d had dinner and to the hotel. I really enjoyed it. It is cosy and the barman is local.

    It was empty when we arrived but as others arrived after dinner it filled up. The customers were mostly visitors. They had the ice hockey World Championships live on TV - the quarter final between Finland and the Czech Republic. Live all the way from... Prague.

    The game was a nail biter, won by the host country. It generated plenty of atmosphere in the pub as well as in the o2 Arena.

    A beer and 2 slivovice later we lurched off into the night...

     

    Dress Code: No, no, no!

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Marianske Lazne Transportation

  • Cablecar

    A small cablecar operates from the northeast end of town, to take you to the top of the hill behind town where the Hotel Krakanoš is located.A couple of ski tows operate there too, but in season only. It was an interesting experience. A locally built facility with its origins in the Communist era. Six minutes in total.A good way to start a walk or...

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  • CAR PARKS

    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...

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  • From Prague (Praha) to Marianske Lazne

    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...

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Marianske Lazne Shopping

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    Skloporcelán: Doing it right

    by iaint Written May 18, 2015

    A porcelaine souvenir shop.

    What to buy: You can sip the spring waters from your own water bottle if you wish. Better is to join in the spirit and buy a souvenir sipping mug - see photo.

    The “handle” is really a spout through which you sip the water. That becomes important if the water is hot, as passing through the spout cools it down.

    I didn’t come across any hot springs in ML, but certainly did in Karlovy Vary.

    What to pay: My mug cost Kč 300. Not much, and you can “recycle” it as a present for a loved one.

    cute, huh?
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Marianske Lazne Local Customs

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    Water Cups

    by Kathrin_E Written Sep 7, 2013

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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.

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Marianske Lazne Tourist Traps

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    Chequepoint - rip-off exchange rates

    by nancyread Written Apr 6, 2007

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    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).

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Marianske Lazne Off The Beaten Path

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    CASTLE BECOV NAD TEPLOU

    by balhannah Written Jul 21, 2013

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    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.
    http://www.zamek-becov.cz/information-for-visitors-1/ticket-prices/

    ADDRESS
    Nám. 5. kvìtna
    36464 Beèov nad Teplou

    Castel Becov Nad Teplou Becov Nad Teplou - Chateau or Palace?
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Marianske Lazne Sports & Outdoors

  • SKI RESORT

    Downhill skiing - Ski resort MariánkyAs we were heading out on the outskirt's of Marianske Lazne, we passed by an area quite thick with snow. This was Ski Resort Marianky which has ski slopes of different difficulty levels, a passenger cable-car and two modern ski lifts. Day and night skiing is available. The ski slopes are prepared daily and are...

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  • Golf With A Touch Of History

    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...

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  • Biking around Marianske Lazne

    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.

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Marianske Lazne Favorites

  • SOMETHING DIFFERENT

    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 decorations too, they make a good light gift.Pity the shop was closed!

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  • ARCHITECTURE OF MARIANSKE LAZNE

    The architecture was what I was interested in seeing in Marianske Lazne.The town didn't disappoint, in-fact, it was incredible the amount of beautiful buildings that were built during the town's "golden years" in the second half of the 19th century.The Spa houses come in a wide range of various styles. Classicism, was the first style to find its...

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  • The Town's Coat of Arms

    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...

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