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8855 steps along the Writers' Trail

9.11.2022 | Tourism

In October, the family of panels dedicated to famous writers in Mariánské Lázně grew by one more. A panel dedicated to the Moravian poet Vítězslav Nezval appeared in Anglické Street. This poet (a lover of women and astrology) was also a writer, translator, co-founder of poetism and a leading figure of Czech surrealism.

The poet first came to Mariánské Lázně in 1925 and literally lost his breath as he was amazed by its splendour. It was here that he wrote his poem Mariánské Lázně, which he wrote at the Café Opera.
Whipped Cream Cake
Bow down during courtly minuets
Beethoven plays the organ...

By the time the spa season opens, the town will have added three more panels, to writers Rudyard Kipling,
Ivan Olbracht and Jan Neruda. This will complete the Writers' Trail project and those interested in history, literature and walking will be able to pick up a printed map of the trail at the information centre. The trail is 8855 steps long, i.e. just under 7 km, and when completed will include 15 panels and will take you past houses where the creators have other reminders of their stay, such as a commemorative plaque.

The Writers' Trail in Mariánské Lázně was created in 2017 on the occasion of the 85th birthday of the writer Vladimír Páral, who found his second home in our town. In 2018-2019, 11 panels commemorating famous writers, poets and philosophers who have stayed in Mariánské Lázně at different times were placed in the town.

When the remaining three panels are installed, the trail will together form a complete circuit where you can review your knowledge of literature or history, refresh your body and mind, and perhaps discover the writer or poet in you.

The route will take you not only through the city, but also through parks and forests, along the stream, leading you to gazebos and colonnades with healing springs. If you get tired, stop for a while and rest on a bench or in one of the local cafés, maybe you will write a beautiful poem here, just like Vítězslav Nezval did in 1925 in Café Opera.

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