Mariánské Lázně – the City of 40 healing springs
Mariánské Lázně combines 200 years of spa tradition with modern treatments
One of the most popular destinations in the Czech Republic is Mariánské Lázně. An architectural gem with 200 years of cultural tradition, it also has a trove of healing springs. Follow in the footsteps of Goethe, Chopin, King Edward VII of England, and Marienbad’s many other famous guests and spend a few restful days here.
The treatment centres, spa hotels, and parks you see today stand on what used to be a wild, uninhabited forest full of natural springs and bogs. The healing powers of these springs were already known by the Middle Ages.
King Ferdinand I had the salt content of the healing springs investigated in 1528.
By the end of the 18th Century, Dr Josef Nehr, a doctor from Teplá Monastery, studied the health effects of these “mineral waters”. He commissioned the building of the first treatment centre, named “The Golden Ball”.
From 1817 to 1823, Abbot Karel Kašpar Reitenberger oversaw the creation of the independent municipality of Marienbad. He invested in the excavation of bathing areas and had parks installed, which led his fellow monks to banish him to Tyrol. In 1818, Mariánské Lázně opened to the public as a resort town. Throughout the 19th century, Mariánské Láznē mineral baths continued to gain fame and popularity. The town grew but maintained its original character.