Geologický park, Marianske Lazne

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Mariánské Lázně is a spa town in the Karlovy Vary Region of the Czech Republic. The town, surrounded by green mountains, is a mosaic of parks and noble houses. Most of its buildings come from the town's Golden Era in the second half of the 19th century, when many celebrities and top European rulers came to enjoy the curative carbon dioxide springs.HistoryGerman settlers were called into this region by Bohemian rulers from the Přemyslid dynasty in the 12th Century.Although the town itself is only about two hundred years old, the locality has been inhabited much longer. The first written record dates back to 1273, when there was a village of Úšovice. The springs first appear in a document dating from 1341 where they are called "the Auschowitzer springs" belonging to the Tepl Abbey. It was only through the efforts of Dr Josef Nehr, the abbey's physician, who from 1779 until his death in 1820 worked hard to demonstrate the curative properties of the springs, that the waters began to be used for medicinal purposes. The place obtained its current name of Marienbad in 1808; became a watering-place in 1818, and received its charter as a town in 1868.By the early 20th century, approximately 1,000,000 bottles of mineral water were exported annually from Marienbad. The water from the Cross Spring (Kreuzquelle, Křížový pramen) was evaporated and the final product was sold as a laxative under the name of sal teplensis. The modern spa town was founded by the Tepl abbots, namely Karl Kaspar Reitenberger, who also bought some of the surrounding forests to protect them. Under the guidance of gardener Václav Skalník, architect Jiří Fischer, and builder Anton Turner the inhospitable marshland valley was changed into a park-like countryside with colonnades, neoclassical buildings and pavilions around the springs.
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  • I did not think much of their geological park, but must say, that the walk in the forest is very relaxing and worth doing during nice weather!  more »
  • This is just nice walk durinf one hour inside forest, where some stones were placed. But we didn't find all of them. Descriptions were done in 3 languages.  more »
  • Not to be missed by anyone with an interest in geology, and great for anyone desiring a refreshing forest walk. Entrance behind the Marienbad Municipal Museum but another entrance a little bit up the road from the Hotel Villa Savoy. The museum shop sells an informative booklet, on the park, the geology of Marienbad, and the operation of the springs.
  • Wunderbarer, ruhiger Ort zum Spazieren durch den Wald. Viele Sitzgelegenheiten, ausführliche Informationen zu verschiedenen Steinarten. Sehr angenehmer Ort mit einem kleinen Bach. Nicht zu lange Strecke zum Laufen (bis ca 1 Std.)
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