Grand Harmony with Nature
Mariánské Lázně is an early nineteenthcentury ‘new (spa) town’ in the ‘West Bohemian Spa Triangle’. It retains high authenticity and structural integrity and makes a significant contribution to the innovative historic urban landscape of The Great Spas of Europe. The ‘spa in a park’ exhibits a grand harmony with nature, and from the 1870s gained an international reputation as a meeting place of royal families and the aristocracy, a venue for important global political negotiations, for scientific gatherings, and as a place of inspiration for high-art. Prolific mineral springs provide a focus for Central Park and a diverse neoclassical ensemble of outstanding nineteenth and early twentieth century spa buildings, including pavilions and an iconic colonnade. Springs rise in a swathe of wooded hills with therapeutic and recreational trails. Mariánské Lázně continues to be one of the most significant centres of European balneotherapy, ‘taking the cure’ in original spa buildings with preserved interiors and equipment.