Areas that are now vast, beautiful English parks and important spa buildings used to be barren marshes. This gloomy marshland had been transformed into beautiful parks by a gifted architect Václav Skalník. The development of the town in general was mainly influenced by the monastery abbot Karel K. Reitenberger together with a spa doctor Josef Nehr. It was Josef Nehr who discovered the curative effects of local waters which are to this day used for medical therapy. In 1808 the spa gained the status of a town and underwent a period of quick growth. In several years the spa became the centre of balneal and cultural events in whole of Europe. Besides its neo-renaissance architecture which gives the spa buildings an element of genuine elegance, it is possible to find in Mariánské Lázně also elements of neo-classicism, neo-baroque, and art nouveau.
Colonnade and the singing fountain
Imagine yourself to be in the role of the spa guests of history and enjoy an ideal, relaxing afternoon in Mariánské Lázně. The famous neo-baroque colonnade, built in 1889, will introduce you to the beautiful ceiling frescos by famous painters Josef Vyleťal and Antonín Kuchař. Walking on the colonnade, you will also get to the pavilion of Křížový and Karolína springs the outlets of which can be found in the middle of the local balneal nature. The sightseeing at the town colonnade is also made more pleasant by the singing fountain playing music written by the world’s most famous musical composers. The singing fountain plays music from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Churches and monuments
There are many ecclesiastical buildings to be found in Mariánské Lázně that are definitely worth your attention. Just a few steps away of the local colonnade, you will find the 19th century Roman Catholic Church of the Virgin Mary Assumption. The Russian orthodox church of St. Vladimír located in close vicinity of the Anglican church only testifies to the religious diversity in Mariánské Lázně. Walking in the local parks, you can also encounter monuments to famous personages that made the growth of this exquisite town possible. Among the most interesting belongs the busts of Josef Nehr, Václav Skalník or the statue of Karel K. Reitenberger.
You can have a taste of the healing springs located in pavilions and picturesque colonnades all across Mariánské Lázně and its surroundings. All springs contain slightly mineralized acidulous waters that differ in their chemical composition. The local springs serve both drinking cures and bath treatments. Their beneficial effects are mainly used to treat renal diseases, the diseases or renal ways and airways and also diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. Ferdinand spring, Rudolf spring, Karolina spring and Kříž spring belong among the most important springs of Mariánské Lázně.