Those of you who go to Marianske Lazne by car can stop at the castle LOKET.
The stone royal castle was founded in the second half of the 12th century. In 1319, her son, Queen Václav – the later Emperor CHARLES IV.
In the Loket collections we will see a collection of porcelain from the 19th and 20th centuries, MOSER glass, an old pharmacy, historical furniture, statues and sculptures, as well as weapons.
In the castle grounds, on the river OHŘI, there is a beautiful natural theater, where various festivals and opera performances are held, such as RUSALKA, NABUCCO, CARMEN, etc. The river OHŘE also plays a role in productions and enhances the beauty of the productions.
After a beautiful day, we can go for a therapeutic or relaxation treatment to MARIANSKÉ LÁZNĚ, which is only about 30 km from Loket.
Marianske Lazne is the youngest place in the famous West Bohemian triangle. It lies at an altitude of 578 m. The altitude significantly affects the climate in the city. The city is located in the protected area of the PLA Slavkovský les. Úšovický and Pstruží streams flow through the city parks.
The town was founded by Dr. Johann Josef Nehr, a monastery doctor from Teplá, who convinced the abbot of the healing effects of mineral springs. In 1818, the village gained the status of a spa town. The spa was named after Maria’s spring. The 19th century began with the construction of spa houses and pavilions.
Marianske Lazne cures many diseases, musculoskeletal system, kidneys and urinary tract, respiratory tract, metabolic diseases, gynecological diseases and diseases of the digestive system. This is a very wide range of diseases and thus the interest in treatment is growing.
Poets, composers, rulers, and industrialists from all over the world began to come to the spa. After the First World War, guests began to come to ML again and the spa had to increase its accommodation capacity. The Second World War saved the spa by luck and thus the spa life was preserved.
After the wartime expulsion of the German population, ML became part of a dilapidated city. A significant turnaround occurred only after 1989 and to this day great progress has been made. The city is once again living a full spa life. Also rail and road transport links provide good connections to the world. Spa hotels are at a high level, meeting the requirements of today’s guests from around the world.
The city is dominated by beautiful parks, a spa promenade and a singing fountain with light effects.
The climate in the city is influenced by a higher altitude of 578 n.m. and a large number of parks and forests. They purify and humidify the air. Thus, rare protected flora also thrives here. The fauna is also represented in this area by interesting species of game, birds and fish.
In the wider vicinity of ML springs about 100 springs containing carbon dioxide and mineral salts. Of these, 53 are captured and used. They are mostly cold ferric acid, of different chemical composition. Křížový, Rudolfův, Karolinin, Lesní, Ambrožův springs are used for drinking barks. and Ferdinand’s. Mary’s spring, which gave the city its name, is only for a spring of gas, also used for treatment.
Cultural life does not remain in the background either. It has a long tradition in the spa. ML has its West Bohemian Symphony Orchestra, Municipal Theater and F.Chopin Elementary Art School. Every year the city hosts the Chopin Music Festival and the International Piano Competition associated with it every other year. the museum is dedicated mainly to the history of the spa, but also to the composer F. Chopin and the poet JW Goeth. Both of these greats of world culture often lived here and created their works.
There is also plenty of sports. The main sport here is golf, which has a significant tradition and a beautiful course. Royal Golf Club ML is about 3 km away from the city center and was inaugurated in 1905 in the presence of British King Edward VII. In winter, the SKI AREÁL with 1450 m of downhill runs serves a cable car and two ski lifts for visitors.
The city has several churches, Catholic, Evangelical, Orthodox, Anglican. The synagogue, which opened in 1884, was burned and destroyed on November 10, 1938.
This would end our healing and wandering around Marianske Lazne and we can set out on a journey to the most famous, ie Karlovy Vary.
As western Bohemia is very rich in mineral springs, we must mention even smaller spas, which also play an irreplaceable role in spas. These are, for example, KONSTANTINOVY LÁZNĚ AND JÁCHYMOV.
Konstantinovy lázně is located in western Bohemia, 39 km from Pilsen. It lies at n.m. v. 520 m, surrounded by forests. A large part of the spa is occupied by a spa park. The mineral water that springs here has the highest content of carbon dioxide. The spa specializes in diseases of the cardiovascular system, prevention and musculoskeletal diseases. Due to the fact that patients represent a relatively risky group, the expertise of doctors is high. There is a Center for Early Cardiovascular Rehabilitation.
JÁCHYMOV is a unique world spa, the treatment of which is based on extraordinary properties