Mariánské Lázně, located some 170 km west of Prague, is worth a visit - if nothing else, for its many Art Deco buildings, although a stay its fantastic Roman spa is certainly another reason to come.
The town's main tourist attraction is the local colonnade, built in 1889. There are seven springs in the city center, each with its own specific healing qualities. The local waters are rich in calcium, magnesium, sulphur, sodium and iron, and are used to treat kidney diseases, respiratory illnesses and nerve disorders. In the Czech Republic, the spa season traditionally begins in May with opening concerts and other cultural events. Every year, Mariánské Lázně pays tribute to the composer Frederic Chopin, who was a regular guest here. If you attend the festival, you will be sure to hear some of his most beautiful composition performed by the world’s best pianists.
Chopin came to Mariánské in 1936 in order to meet his colleague’s sister, Maria Wodzinska. You can visit the house they stayed - it is the House of the White Swan (Dům U Bilé Labutě), Hlavní 47. On display are some of the works Chopin composed while in town.
The Roman spas of the Nové Lázně Hotel are an unmatched experience. If you come to Mariánské Lázně, make sure to visit, just like Goethe or King Edward VII. No prescription necessary, feel free to drop in for a swim or a massage.
- Esplanade Hotel***** Georgous luxury hotel with inside swimming pool. Double bedrooms are € 310 a night.
- Nové Lázně Hotel***** The hotel looks like a castle and is part of the town's most beautiful spa.
- U Zlaté Koule Restaurant. Our favourite restaurant in Mariánské Lázně. Czech and international cuisine. A friendly atmosphere with beautifully decorated dining room. Meals from CZK 300.