Drink Water BUT beware of the heat !
At many places HOT water is coming out of these fountains - it is heathly, but really extremely hot, and your holiday might be over quickly, when you try to drink it like tea.
At many places you get small jugs, that also make a great souvenir :
These jugs allow you to drink the water by little sips, as this is the best way to get a healing of your diseases.
Karlovy vary castle
Karlovy vary castle was built about 700 years ago to defend the Tepla River passage and the new city built along its narrow valley. unlike most defense fortresses the castle was built on the river bank rather than on the highest hills. Unlike so many Medieval European castles that have been rebuilt into a different style or heavily restored in much more recent times, the castle at Karlovy vary looks very much as it did when it was originally built. The crenalated walls and rooks reminded me of the great old fortresses from the age of knights and chivalry.
The castle interior was closed to the public at the time I visited, and hopefully it has since been reopened. Even if not, there are excellent views from outside of this fortress that time has forgotten.
I've only been to Karlovy Vary on daytrips, but I definitely want to return. I would love to spend a week at the Hotel Pupp and just laze around the city a bit. It was kind of cloudy and overcast the day that I was there, but it was a very pretty city still. I got to spend some time at the Hotel Thermal's outdoor pool (in March!) and I had some very good goulash. All in all, it was enough to whet my appetite.
To see more photos that I have taken in Karlovy Vary go to my external photo albums. My Karlovy Vary Photos
"About the town"
Karlovy Vary, situated in the stunning Tepla Valley, is the largest and liveliest spa town in the Czech Republic. Visitors of all ages stroll along the riverside promenade sipping the waters from the twelve curative springs and nibbling on the round spa wafers; there's plenty of good shopping, dining, and people-watching. If you only have a couple of hours, go for a swim (even in the winter!) at the outdoor pool at the hotel Thermal. IF you have longer and wish to try a spa treatment (anything from a massage to an intestinal irrigation), some spas (such as Zamecke Lazne) now cater to walk-in visitors. On the outskirts of town is the Moser glass factory which makes china and crystal for the royal families of Europe. You can also visit the factory that manufactures the renowned local herbal liqueur, Becherovka.
Moser Glass Factory