Karlovy Vary (maybe better known as Karlsbad - it's German name) is one of the most beautiful cities in the Czech Republic (around 2 hours by bus from the airport of Prague).
Karlovy Vary is named after Bohemian king and Roman emperor Charles (Karl) IV who found the springs in 1358 during a hunting expedition.
Different baths were built and like many thermal cities Karlovy Vary had its high peak in the period 1800-1920. The rich and royal came, built houses, parks, sanatoriums, hotels and theatres etc. to experience the healing powers of the water (most famous visitors were Goethe, Schiller, Beethoven, Chopin and Karl Marx).
Felix Zawojski 3
Finally one more picture of this great building, also showing a great Art Nouveau balcony.
Of course a lovely building like this one belongs to a bank - who else could afford to restored such a building ( with OUR money )
Grand Hotel Pupp
The best hotel in town, the Grand Hotel Pupp, located at the far end of the spa area, is worth a look. It was built by the Viennese architects Hellmer and Fellmer, and the public rooms are stunning -- pillars, a stained-glass atrium, massive chandeliers and stucco cherubs.
The main street of Karlovy Vary. On the right, one of five colonnades, housing the twelve warm springs along the Teplá stream. Karlovy Vary, also known by its German name Karlsbad, is named after Emperor Charles IV. Legend says the first of the twelve springs was discovered by him while on a hunting trip, when one of his dogs fell into it while chasing a stag.
"Views from Diana Tower"
The geyser at Vřídelní kolonáda. The geyser rises 15 metres into the air. This structure is much more recent than the other collonades. It was built in the communist era and is by far less elegant than the others.
One of the hot water faucets at Vřídelní kolonáda. The water comes in three different temperatures: 30°, 50° and 72° centigrade. Visitors use special mugs to drink the water.
"Church of Mary Magdalene"
The façade of the Church of Mary Magdalene. The church was built in 1737 in a Baroque style.
The church of SS Peter & Paul with its golden onion-domes.
The Zawojski House, built in 1901. This building is a fine example of the Art Nouveau style in Karlovy Vary.