Rubezahl Marienbad Luxury Historical Castle Hotel & Golf is a luxury hotel located in the heart of West Bohemia in the charming spa town of Marianske Lazne (Marienbad) which has been for centuries famous for its many thermal mineral springs. The tradition of drinking mineral water can improve body metabolism.
The hotel is one of the most beautiful fairy tale romantic castle hotels in Czech Republic built in 1903 and was famous for attracting elite people of the time such as the King of England, Edward the 7th; Czar Nicholas II; as well as many other historical figures namely the poet and dramatist Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe; Fréderic Chopin; Richard Wagner who also created opera with the name of Rubezahl; Franz Kafka; Sigmund Freud and many other aristocrats.
Rubezahl Marienbad Luxury Historical Castle Hotel & Golf which has been completely restored to its former glory, reopened in 2015 with modern amenities and provides a romantic luxurious stay for its guests, who can enjoy the magical surrounding of the hotel and the healthy meals which the castle offers.
Guests of the hotel can enjoy different activities with their families or individually. There are plenty of opportunities for excursions and tours to the historical areas of the region and western Bohemia as well as outdoor activities such as cycling, walking in the forest surrounding the castle and exercising in our gym. At a walking distance, guests can also enjoy skiing, horseback riding but most important is the “Royal” golf which is the second biggest course in Europe and is located 800 meters from the hotel. Guests can walk or we can transfer them for free. They can also enjoy playing in the castle’s halls the traditional card game “Bridge” and smoking cigars. In the city there is also available casino to visit.
The location of the hotel is unique, sitting on top of the hill surrounded by the “Slavkovsky forest” with panoramic views of the town below. It embraces a peaceful scenery and unspoiled nature which promotes the ultimate balance of body & mind and rejuvenation of one’s spirit. Guests of the hotel discover, in this luxurious castle, the ultimate hideaway where they can enjoy good sleep and stress-free stay in this fresh environment, combining their vacation with wellness treatments. They can heal their body & soul by enjoying different wellness treatments including but not limited by different massages, fitness, drinking mineral water, and detox program through the Roman Bath.
One of the biggest attractions of the hotel is the statue of “Rubezahl” the legend of the mythical “Lord of the Mountains” where for at least 250 years people have been approaching for its assistance and protection. The statue of Rubezahl has been standing in the hotel’s park long before the hotel was built and the name of the hotel has been taken from the monument. His statue, carved in a single piece of granite from an anonymous sculptor.
The Magical Place where wishes come true...
Guardian of the mountains, the Gentle Giant Rübezahl - the guardian on the border of the Czech Republic, Poland and Germany, is one of the most distinct mythological figures of the mountains of contemporary Europe.
The legend of unique “personage”, devoted to guarding the mountains derives from the idea of a defender of the high mountains from archaic pagan mythology and obtained the literal to fame in the 17th and 18th centuries, which ensured his eventual immortality.
Legends tell stories of Rubezahl being helpful to good people and providing them with medical knowledge and other gifts, while exacting severe revenge upon those who were bad or unkind.It is said that on meeting with people, Rubezahl would commonly transform himself into frog, a wolf, a monk or an old grandmother. His 3.5 meter sculpture carved from a single piece of stone was erected in the hotel’s park by unknown sources centuries before and long before the hotel was built .
It is known that there are many people whose wishes have been granted by Rübezahl.
It is said that he will test you any time to know whether your heart is pure (ex. meeting you as an old lady asking for help) and if you do, you’ll be shown the way to the treasures hidden deep inside his mountains. The statue of Rübezahl still stands in the hotel park area and in accordance with the legend, after the rite, fulfills any wish, the main thing is that, it should be asked by a man who has a good heart.
He is hero of many films and even, a lovely TV series for children exists. Whatever illness you may have, Rübezahl may heal you with the plants from his garden. Today it is a protected area as many rare plants grow there.
The castle-hotel "Rubezahl-Marienbad" was built in the early 20th century by one of the most famous Viennese architects, Arnold Heymann on top of a green hill, where according to legend, lived the “Lord of the Mountains” of the ancient Germans, the giant Rubezahl, who was worshiped by the natives of Silesia and Bohemia.
"Wrapped" in a veil of local legends and mystery, this fairytale castle originally only accepted royal family members, one of which was the king of England, Edward the 7th, who used to isolate himself in this luxurious haven to be detoxified by its passions. Soon, however, the hotel opened its doors to aristocracy and important personalities of the time, who chose it for their holidays combined with health and wellness treatments.
Τhe architectural design by the architect Arnold Heymann and supervised by master craftsman J. Koenig, planned the construction of the fairytale castle that would reflect the myth of the place. The myth was “Rubezahl” the mountain’s spirit, and in his honour a 3.5 m tall granite statue is still standing in the hotel's garden. The first floor of the building represents classical architectural elements, the second more gothic, towers, donjons, domes, and sculptures. Baroque decorative additions to the rooms and large windows in avant-garde style altogether compose a perfect architectural ensemble.
The first advertisement of the hotel, recorded in 1906, described the accommodation services and facilities: 40 elegant rooms and lounges, a games room, a library and a beauty center for women. According to the description of the form, all rooms enjoyed excellent views of the forest, the restaurant had a large terrace and a spacious breakfast room was located on the ground floor. Customers could play tennis or go for walks in the park and the forest trails.
Between the years of 1920-1991 the ownership of the hotel passed through several hands and administrations. The hotel was sold to a private individual in 1991, who neglected its renovation, although the building was classified as a historic building. Years passed leaving the castle unattended, until 2008, when time came for it to be discovered and regenerated by the current owner. Putting aside any financial and practical difficulties, he began a thorough renovation, applying new technologies to the historical castle. The 43 rooms regained their former glory, a wellness center, a Roman bath complex and a wine restaurant were added, and the hotel was able to reopen fully renovated. The renovation was completed in 2014, and since 2015 the Rubezahl-Marienbad Castle Wellness Hotel offers complete health and wellness services.
The long period of years that had passed since the construction of the building combined with inadequate maintenance from owners and managers that were once in charge, left some scars on the hotel, affecting somehow its former glory - interior decoration and beautiful frescoes. In many cases the damage was pretty considerable, but luckily restorable.
In 2008, the new owner of the castle, envisioning the revival of the once top hotel in the region, took up the renovation work and the enormous economic cost. The best craftsmen and the finest materials were chosen: various types of wood from Indonesia, pink marble from Verona, Italy, white marble from Greece, green and pink onyx from China, furniture from Italy and Egypt.
With great respect to the history of the building, the architects completely retained the original design and interior decoration, maintaining the several frescoes from the 16th century on the walls of the halls.
Upon completion of the work, in 2014, the renovated castle had regained its unique atmosphere again. Perhaps the spirit of Rubezahl did help, by fulfilling the owner’s wish to regenerate the building and restored the “giant's” statue at the same location within the park, where it originally belonged.