Mariánské Lázně – one of the most charming spa places in Europe, splendid pearl surrounded by green forests rich in natural healing springs and one of the cultural centers of the West bohemian region. More than two centuries ago, was this area hostile, abandoned and dominated by swamps and deep forests. When we look at Mariánské Lázně and its beautiful parks, colonnades, and spa hotels nowadays, we can hardly believe this fact.
Since the 1197, the land of today’s spa town was in the possession of a monastery in Teplá. The monks were the first to discovered the healing power of the springs in the local forests, but their surroundings still remained uninhabited. Later, at the end of the 18th century, crucial changes was began resulting in foundation of Mariánské Lázně.
In 1779, the monastery doctor Johann Josef Nehr proved and was actively promoting the healing effects of the springs. Consequently, the first baths and spa pavilions build-ups were initiated thanks to the abbot of the Teplá monastery Karel Kašpar Reitenberger, at the beginning of the 19th century. In 1808, this small settlement was named as Mariánské Lázně.