Rübezahl - 5 Stars Castle Hotel in Marianske Lazne
In the heart of West Bohemia and the charming spa town of Marianske Lazne (Marienbad) with many thermal mineral springs is located one of the most beautiful fairytale castles hotels in the Czech Republic. It was built in 1903 and soon became a well known location, attracting elite people of the time, who combined their holidays with beneficial drinking of therapeutic mineral water.
The hotel took its name from the legend of Rübezahl, the mythical “Lord of the Mountains”, whose statue has been standing in its location, long before the hotel was built and you can still see it in the hotel’s park. The monument of Rübezahl was built in the 16th century by an anonymous sculptor.
Having occasionally hosted royalties such as the King of England Edward the 7th, Kaiser Franz-Ferdinand and Czar Nicholas II, as well as many other historical figures namely the poet and dramatist Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, the pioneering Polish romantic composer Fréderic Chopin, German composer Richard Wagner, the writer Franz Kafka, the founder of modern psychiatry Sigmund Freud, the British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill (on his honeymoon) and many other aristocrats, this hotel and the local area became synonymous with sophisticated traveling, fresh mountain and forest air, quality accommodation with tasty and healthy food, reaching its peak in the mid 20th century.
Its function was paused for a period of 25 years, during which the hotel was severely damaged, until it was acquired by its new owner, who assumed its full restoration, which was completed in 2014. Since 2015 Rubezahl-Marienbad Castle Wellness Hotel reopened as a boutique luxury hotel.
Embraced by a peaceful scenery and unspoiled nature, it promotes the ultimate balance of body and mind as a genuine rejuvenation paradise. Guests of Rubezahl-Marienbad Castle Wellness Hotel discover in this luxurious resort the ultimate hideaway, an environment exemplar where they can combine vacations with wellness treatments, as well as detox and weight loss programs, special wellness services and counseling with dietitian. At the same time, the unique location of the hotel in one of the most beautiful regions of Bohemia, provides plenty of opportunities for local excursions and outdoor activities such as cycling, skiing, horseback riding and golf.
Somewhere here, according to the legend surrounding the hotel, is also wandering the spirit of the legendary giant Rubezahl, who is believed to live underneath the earth’s crust, where his real dominion begins and stretches downward to the center of the earth. He is supposed to carry out hidden desires and wishes of those who express them to him. His statue, carved in a single piece of granite from an anonymous sculptor and located in the hotel park, relates the legend with reality. It is also believed that if a person follows the known ritual properly, they will soon see their wishes fulfilled.
Thus, it is not a surprise that even these days the myth remains alive, as many of the hotel guests go around the statue 5 times and then touch the precious stone on the belt buckle of the statue of Rubezahl, while making their wishes. They then hope that the good “Lord of the Mountains” will make their wishes come true."100 World’s Best Hotels 2015"- Rubezahl-Marienbad Castle Hotel & Wellness Resort