Revitalize your spirit with a healing summer escape in Mariánské Lázně

Enjoy historic Czech spa culture, forest bathing, and UNESCO Heritage Sites at this popular summer retreat just a couple of hours from Prague.

Julie O'Shea

Written by Julie O'Shea Published on 21.05.2024 17:00:00 (updated on 22.05.2024) Reading time: 4 minutes

With its breathtaking architecture, historic landmarks and a multitude of hiking and cycling paths, Mariánské Lázně has always been a great weekend, or even week-long, break from the hustle and bustle of Prague. 

Just two hours by train from the Czech capital, time moves differently here, at a slower, more leisurely pace. The air is cleaner; a dynamic bioclimate works to alleviate acute and chronic respiratory diseases. The sights, including many grand colonnades and a world-class singing fountain, are awe-inspiring. 

And then there is the mineral water – clear, potent, powerfully rejuvenating.   

Despite all its mesmerizing nooks and crannies, the center of this dainty West Bohemian gem, nestled in the middle of the breathtaking Slavkovský Les nature preserve, truly revolves around its renowned medicinal spa culture. Mariánské Lázně’s string of famous mineral springs, discovered at the beginning of the 19th century, has been attracting notable visitors from across Europe for generations. 

Its sterling reputation recently secured the spa town a rightful spot on the UNESCO World Heritage List, the honor opening the doors to a new generation of visitors.      

The high carbon dioxide levels in its mineral waters, combined with enviable air quality and nutrient-rich peloids (peat, bogs, and muds), work to boost immune levels and fight off numerous ailments. These diverse natural resources have helped elevate Mariánské Lázně’s status as a top destination for those searching for a quiet retreat to decompress, recharge and concentrate on their health and wellbeing. 

Think of it as a “healing holiday” – not just for your body but also for your mind and soul. No matter your needs, Mariánské Lázně will deliver. 

Relax in its calming mineral spring waters. Enjoy a green clay pack with a kaolin face mask or a holistic massage. Delight in the serenity of forest bathing – a practice that uses fresh air, enriched with essential scents and mindfulness exercises led by an experienced trainer, to help reduce physical and psychological tension.          

The Falkensteiner Spa Resort Marienbad will help guide you on this unique journey, with its concept of “Balance Vital Cuisine, mindfulness and a return to nature, allowing you to “breathe deeply and recharge your batteries.”  

The five-star resort incorporates Mariánské Lázně’s many resources – carbonated spring waters, natural carbon dioxide, peloids and air quality – into its wide range of therapies that are geared toward health prevention, relaxation and pampering. 

You can chart your own path, tailored to fit your needs. Sometimes that path toward complete relaxation will take you beyond the resort’s walls.    

Forest bathing, or “shinrin-yoku” in Japanese where its roots lay, is a type of therapeutic relaxation akin to yoga or meditation that connects participants with nature. Combining water, earth and air, it involves a sequence of exercises designed for a small group but performed individually. 

It is one of the Falkensteiner Spa Resort Marienbad’s most popular programs for those who are always on the go and need to press their restart buttons. 

Ideal for a spring or summer getaway, forest bathing helps to measurably lower your blood pressure and heart rate and contributes to relaxation. It has also been shown to be effective for heart and circulatory diseases, as well as depression or anxiety.

Your improved relaxation during this program is not only noticeable but also measurable through analysis of heart rate variability. The resort has an on-site medical center, where improvements to your health can be carefully monitored.  

“The biggest difference between us and our competitors is that we do not deal only with the symptoms, but above all with the cause. The future is a holistic whole-body approach, focusing on the person, rather than on isolated symptoms,” said Daniel Fajkus, spa manager.   

“Traditional passive treatments must be clearly enhanced with interactive workshops, allowing to extend the spa experience after returning home. That’s why we created a special holistic package – Release and Recharge – to offer a suitable alternative for guests who are not so conservative and do not rely only on traditional western medicine and approaches.”

The Falkensteiner Spa Resort Marienbad’s premium stress management and burnout prevention program mixes traditional and modern therapies to help boost your immunity. The offer includes a wide selection of treatments from forest bathing and bioenergetic exercises to a green clay pack with a kaolin mask and holistic massages. You can also spend time soaking in the resort’s very own Alexandra Spring, which has high carbon dioxide and iron levels, making it particularly suitable for therapeutic baths.   

The program covers a four-night stay at this stunning art nouveau property. Falkensteiner Spa Resort Marienbad has a modern gym and a yoga area in the garden. Full board includes a rich breakfast, as well as multi-course lunches and dinners, which combine plated and buffet meals and are prepared according to healthy cuisine principles. The price is from EUR 279 per night per person. 

This article was written in cooperation with the Falkensteiner Spa Resort Mariánské Lázně. Read more about our partner content policies here.

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