Senior Citizens Travel to Marienbad

Jul 18th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Seniors, like me you may have heard of the movie “Last Year at Marienbad,” well, I just had to check the site out for myself.  Marienbad 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.

Situated next to the German border, in what was once Bohemia, this beautiful spa resort  is perched high in a wooded valley. This famous resort pays homage to spa culture through its glorious Edwardian architecture, spa buildings and colonnades, making is a ’must see’ on a list of places for seniors to see in a lifetime.  Put it on your “bucket list”… it is on mine. The spa is for well-being and therapy.  We can all use that.  With a 200-year tradition of spa treatments, more than 100 procedures are available using modern therapeutic procedures, in an area exceeding 20.000 m.

The spa area is a network of paths, parks and 39 therapeutic springs, centered on the Colonnade and surrounded by streets of hotels and pensions. The guest book presents celebrity names like Johan Wolfgang Goethe, Fryderyk Chopin, Richard Wagner, Anton Bruckner, Gustav Mahler, Johan Straus, Henrik Ibsen, Franz Kafka, Fridrich Nietzsche, Albert Schweitzer and many others. Edward VII, King of England, came back nine times.  Count yourself as one of the “privileged” when you come to visit and take in the spa.

The top attraction of the town is its 100 mineral springs (53 of them are tapped) with high carbon dioxide content and often higher iron content.   Most of them are well-kept and often pavilions and/or colonnades are built around them.

Consider a health and wellness trip to Marienbad to soak up the carbon dioxide minerals and enjoy a brief moment in time.  jeb



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