Culture and art
Theatre in Mariánské Lázně
The town’s theatre inherently belongs to the cultural life in Mariánské Lázně. Its origins reach back to 1820, when the first plays were performed in a temporary wooden theatre.
The classical-style stone theatre was built in 1868, shortly after the declaration of Mariánské Lázně as a town. The theatre was opened on 17 August 1868 – on the eve of the birthday of Emperor’s Franz Joseph I. At that time, the theatre was very modern and had outstanding acoustics.
In 1952, the theatre was renamed as the Theatre of N.V. Gogol on the occasion of a celebration of Russian literature.
The Theatre of N. V. Gogol, which today stages classical as well as modern works and presents various theatre groups, is a jewel of Mariánské Lázně.
Churches in Mariánské Lázně
In the 19th century, people of various religions met in Mariánské Lázně, and as a result there was a need to build places of worship for different religions.
The local Roman Catholic Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, which stands in the middle of Goethe Square, belongs among the town's rare cultural monuments. It is of interest that leading towards its entrance are 33 steps, which represent the 33 years of Jesus Christ’s life.
An interesting site is also the Evangelical Church, where in 1923 Albert Schweitzer held a concert on a local organ. This concert is ranked amongst the most significant cultural events in Mariánské Lázně's history.
For more than hundred years, the Orthodox Church of St. Vladimír has stood in Mariánské Lázně. It was built especially for spa guests from Russia. Its luxurious interior and extraordinary architecture attract visitors up to the present day.
Guests from England initiated the construction of an Anglican chapel. The British King Edward VII also regularly visited this chapel.
There used to stand a synagogue in Mariánské Lázně which opened on 1 August 1884 and was used by the local Jewish community and Jewish spa guests. But the synagogue was burnt down and destroyed during the infamous Crystal Night on 9 -10 November 1938.
Museums in Mariánské Lázně
If you are interested in history, we would like to recommend a visit to the local Municipal Museum, which is dedicated to the history of spas, the personality of J. W. Goethe and also to the geologic and natural conditions of this area.
If you are interested in the personality of the famous Polish composer Fryderyk Chopin, you should take the opportunity to visit the Chopin House, where you can find a display devoted to his visit to Mariánské Lázně.
Cultural events in the spa centre
The Casino Cultural and Conference Centre is where numerous cultural events take place. This tradition reaches back into history, when the Casino welcomed distinguished guests. In 1904, the Czech opera diva Ema Destinnová performed here, and her performance received huge public acclaim. In 1946, the first International Film Festival in the then-Czechoslovakia took place at this very location.
An annually part of spa life is the Chopin Music Festival.
Some hotels also organise various cultural events, for example, the Hotel Hvězda – Skalník and the Hotel Nové Lázně (New Spa). You can read the up-to-date programme here.
During this season, regular concerts are held on the spa colonnade, which enliven stays for spa guests.
The annual spa season opening, combined with the blessing of the springs, has also become a traditional part of cultural life in Mariánské Lázně, occuring in the second weekend in May.