Welcome to Mariánské Lázně
Mariánské Lázně (mari-ahn-skay lahz-nyeh; known internationally as Marienbad) is smaller, less urban and arguably prettier than Karlovy Vary, making it feel more like a classic spa destination (but also meaning there's even less to do in the evening). In its heyday, Mariánské Lázně attracted celebrities such as Goethe, Thomas Edison, Britain's King Edward VII and even American author Mark Twain. These days, many visitors are day trippers from Germany hauled in by coach to stroll the gardens and colonnades before repairing to a cafe for the inevitable Apfelstrudel and then the ride back home. Besides the colonnades, the town is ringed by deep forests that make for great walks.