If you are on your way to Františkovy Lázně, you can also stop at the nearby Soos Reserve. The park, which is also known as the Czech Yellowstone, has extensive peat bogs and bogs, where mineral springs spring up just like in the nearby spa.
You can walk through part of the peat bog on a nature trail that will take you along the bottom of the dry salt lake. The park is a European rarity, some parts of it resemble a moonscape with their white layer of precipitated minerals. Of course, such a rare place is also home to a number of protected animals, plants and trees, and wetland plants especially thrive here. A new species of algae has even been found here, named Percursaria percursa. Probably the most interesting thing to observe is how carbon dioxide escapes from the mud volcanoes. This spectacle is, of course, accompanied by a hissing sound. In the muddy areas, the mud bubbles up again.
The Soos Nature Reserve also houses a geological park and a museum with a permanent exhibition on the surrounding nature. There is also an exhibition that recalls the history of the land, complete with reproductions of Zdeněk Burian’s paintings and even life-size models of prehistoric lizards. Children will also enjoy the exhibition of rescued animals.