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Soos National Nature Reserve


Region: Cheb, Františkovy Lázně and their surroundings


Unique and one of a kind in Central Europe, the Soos National Nature Reserve is located to the north of Františkovy Lázně. The location was originally a salt-water lake, which has gradually transformed into peat bogs and mineral salt marshes over time. You may find traces of volcanic activity, namely moffettes – mud volcanoes emitting pure carbon dioxide, as well as numerous mineral springs. The remarkable biotopes are the home of a vast number of protected animal species, wetland plants, or halophytes.

In case you were wondering about the meaning of the word "Soos", it is not an abbreviation but it denotes a swamp in the German dialect of the area of Cheb.

A 1.2 km long planked nature trail with a number of instructional stops leads through the nature reserve. Visitors may also find a geopark, a museum with natural history and paleontological exhibits, a display of life-size prehistoric reptiles, the "Avian World of the Cheb Region" exposition, and a fallow-deer preserve.


Opening hours

1 Mar – 31 Mar; 1 Nov – 30 Nov 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
1 Apr – 30 Apr; 1 Oct – 31 Oct 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
1 May – 30 Jun; 1 Sep – 30 Sep 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
1 Jul – 31 Aug 9:00 am – 6:30 pm


Admission fee

  • Adults CZK 70
  • Children over 6 years   CZK 30
  • Family ticket (2 adults + 3 children)    CZK 160
  • Disabled and students    CZK 50

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