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Stinks

A nature reserve worthy of the name

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Stinks
Inserted: 20.05.2021
Author: Martin Javorský © gigaplaces.com
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This forest peat bog with springs of mineral springs and gases is located about 5 km north of Mariánské Lázně. The place is characterized by its natural smell of hydrogen sulfide. Gas springs are revealed from a distance by the smell that escapes from the springs and thus recalls the ancient volcanic activity in this area. The area with an area of 11 ha was declared a nature reserve in 1968.

Spring Stinks

The main attraction is just 800 meters from the car park. On the way along the attic sidewalk, the escalating smell of rotten eggs leads us to the spring, which gave the spring and the whole reservation the name Smraďoch. From the observation platform, it is possible to observe well how mineral waters and gases penetrate the surface, as reverberations of ancient volcanic activity. The sight of the gases bubbling from inside the earth in pools full of differently colored algae is really worth it.

Spring Stinks
Author: Martin Javorský © gigaplaces.com

Forest upland peat bog

This part of the Slavkovský les Protected Landscape Area is special in that the local upland peat bog is located in the middle of the forest on groundwater springs, where there are numerous springs of gases from the interior of the earth. Due to specific local conditions, there are specific plant communities with a number of protected species. In the extensive waterlogged forests there are mossy carpets, in which you can also find peat carnivorous plants.

Forest upland peat bog
Author: Martin Javorský © gigaplaces.com

Nature trail

The reservation is easily accessible and thanks to the nearby parking lot and the barrier-free sidewalk, it is really accessible to everyone. The biggest local attraction – the Smraďoch spring – is an educational trail formed mainly by a wooden attic path. At the end of the route there are viewing platforms with a view of the mud volcano and the gas spring (sulfur gases and carbon dioxide) in the lake. From them it is possible to observe how carbon dioxide bubbles through a small pond and at the same time smell the characteristic odor. On the educational boards it is possible to read information about the formation of small mud volcanoes (so-called mofet) and the origin of mineral waters.

Nature trail
Author: Martin Javorský © gigaplaces.com

Nature reserve

The peat bog is unique in its location, as it lies in the area of a tectonic fault. As a result, gases are emitted here. The area is interesting not only from a geological point of view, but also for a unique peat bog, which has developed on the springs of mineral springs. There are rich carpets of peat bogs, white tufts of dry feathers, mud cranberries, black conch and Fuchs' ringed plover. A peculiarity is the occurrence of carnivorous sundew plants, round-leaved sundew and penguins.

Nature reserve
Author: Martin Javorský © gigaplaces.com

Road to Farská kyselka

If we continue less than a kilometer along the blue tourist sign, we will walk along forest paths to the freely accessible mineral spring Farská kyselka hidden in a wooden gazebo built in 2011. There is also a tourist shelter next to it.

Road to Farská kyselka
Author: Martin Javorský © gigaplaces.com

Spring of Farská kyselka

There are more than a hundred springs of mineral waters in the Slavkov Forest. The parish spring, known as early as the 17th century, is located at an altitude of 767 m above sea level and is the highest of all local acids. High content of dissolved carbon dioxide, overall low mineralization gives the mineral high sparkling and pleasant taste, and is therefore considered the most delicious mineral spring in the area. in sour to the adjacent lake.

Spring of Farská kyselka
Author: Martin Javorský © gigaplaces.com
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