This German philosopher and writer arrived to Mariánské Lázně in 1880, when he was 36 years old. He was seriously ill, and he travelled for several years around Europe to find a place which would be suitable for his health condition. He suffered from headaches and eye pains, and he often had fits during which he was paralysed or lost consciousness.
He arrived at Mariánské Lázně from Venice, where the weather did not suit him. However, even after his arrival in Mariánské Lázně he was not satisfied with anything at first. He especially complained about the rainy weather and high prices of the food and services. Despite all of this, he stayed here longer than he intended to.
Friedrich Nietzsche stayed at the forest hamlet Eremitage (now demolished) and he spent much time especially in the woods, which enchanted him by the end.
After returning from Mariánské Lázně, he wrote his best pieces of work – Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Ecce Homo and The Dawn.