Church of St. Peter & St. Paul. Built in 1897. 5 golden domes and colorful exterior were modeled on the Byzantine Church of the Holy Trinity near Moscow. The interior of the church is decorated with paintings and icons, gifts of wealthy Russian aristocrates. One of the decorations is a relief representing Russian Tsar "Peter the Great".
Come here to see famous Hotel Grand Pupp, which has been featured in a lot of movies, and see the mineral springs and drink from the waters there. The architecture is beautiful and there is the opportunity to have a great lunch. Go with a tour group as it is a long way away (1 hr and 55 min)
Take a closer look at the grand Hotel Pupp, that great big wedding cake of a hotel that dominates the upper part of the town.
With just a little bit of 'set dressing' the hotel is clearly recogniseable and the Montenegroan casino in the latest James bond Blockbuster 'Casino Royale'. They also seem to make good use of other public rooms. whilst the casino there was filled with dodgy types who would have fitted as extras into the film ver easily, the actual poker-playing casino scenes were shot elsewhere.
On our way back to Prague from Karlovy Vary we stopped on Krusovice brewery factory to buy some beers. Unfortunatly we could not buy them becuase the shop was closed. The factory is situated about 30-40 km from Karlovy Vary. The Královský Pivovar Krušovice (the Royal Brewery of Krušovice) is one of the oldest breweries in the Czech Republic. The brewery was established in 1517 when the Svatováclavská Contract enabled the aristocracy to brew beer on their own farms.
If you're interested in nature you might want to pay Bozi Dar a visit. It's just a stone's throw away from the German border and this lovely little town was built next to a moor. There's a wooden trail with several info boards in Czech, German and English along the way. Make sure you bring some sneakers or something though as the trail seemed to be really old and several stakes were broken. So watch your step!
Just at the foot of the downhill winding road to Karlovy vary , there's a forest hill with a leading pathway. You'll take about an hour to reach the top. Along the way you'll see monuments among the very tall trees. One of them is called "jeleni skok" which means the dear jump. At the top of the hill you'll get the best panoramic views of Karlovy Vary and the surrounding forests.
this is now the 2nd building with the same inscription - and the architecture is exactely the type I love :
Click on the pic to see the 2 faces watching out from the roof and the great flower-pot on the very top.
It is one of the advantages of Karlovy vary, that theses buildings may be seen ( and pics taken )from a distance easily, as the river devides the street and guarantees a big distance between the buildings.
Karlovy Vary / Karlsbad is a fantastic place for people like me, searching for architecture " off the beaten path from today's lousy architecture " , made by architects with their own & unique way to creat a special facade.
There are quite a lot of great buildings opposite of Mlynska Kolonada , and this one is the most beautiful in my opinion.
This decoration of the roof is certainly not Art Nouveau, but made at a later period, but still it looks great, including the tiny balconies and grim faces watching the people passing by...
This is something you might easily miss, when you are in the Kolonada and do not look up.
It would be a pity,as all the construction was made with ornaments and sculptures like this one.
So simply fill your water-bottle with the hot water and search for these sculptures, while you wait for the water to cool down to drinking-temperature
Have a look for this great wooden entrance-door of the Theatre / Cinema of Karlovy Vary / Karlsbad.
When you click on my pic, you may as well see a bit of the entrance-hall and the great inside of the building.
I actually have NO idea, why I did not also hold my camera on the closed window to get a pic of the interior as well...
I saw this building with the great Art Nouveau ornaments close to the Cinema / theatre as well.
It is absolutely necessary to watch each and every facade, as there are plenty of hidden gems of architecture all over Karlovy Vary / Karlsbad, even in the sidestreets.
Whatever this building was once built for, it still looks great today and is under complete restoration at the moment.
That building is just a few meters from the Theatre, that is used today as a cinema close to Vridelny Kolonada.
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 )