Karlovy Vary Travel Guide
On the river bank
Easy drive from Prague, quiet if you go at the right time, beautifu scenery and architecture
If you expect light meals forget it!
In a nutshell
Worth a visit to experience the Spa's and if you are lucky, bump into some famous people.
Stroll through the exquisite Slavkovský Forest
(work in progress)One of Karlovy Vary's many charms is its exquisite setting along the narrow valley of the Teplar Valley.In addition to taking the waters, spa towns promoted other healthy activities such as walking, and the surrounding beech forests are crisscrossed with a...
Why are there hot springs in Karlovy Vary?
Karlovy Vary - the former Carlsbad - was named for Holy Roman Emperor (and King of Bohemia) Charles IV, who founded the town in 1370. It is renowned for its curative waters that have supported a fashionable spa culture for several centuries, but have you ever stopped to...
The picture perfect church of Sts Peter and Paul
One of the most easily identified landmarks in Karlovy Vary is the picture perfect Orthodox Church of St. Peter and Paul, whose gilded domes are visible from most points across the town. Churches in spa towns tend to be particularly well endowed, either by patients giving...
Gawp at the gorgeous Art Deco architecture
One of the defining features of European spa towns is that they were almost invariably wealthy places and thus almost always boast exceptional architecture.Karlovy Vary is no exception to this, and I particularly enjoyed the Art Nouveau/Deco influence on many buildings. The...
Take the Waters
The natural hot water springs are what made Karlovy Vary famous, the hottest i saw was 65 C. People stroll from one fountain to another with there own personal mug with a spout to drink from. Some use plastic cups or bottles. There are several water foutains under the...
Diana Observation Tower
The funicular station for the observation tower is up a passageway [ narrow street ] at the end of Karlovy Vary near the Grand Pupp Hotel. Fare is 70 Kc return.. The tower has a lift no charge. The views are good, there are plenty of walk routes. Funicular at regular times.
Play the Bells with your Feet
On the promenade Stará Louka along the river you'll hear the sound of small bells now and then and wonder where it comes from. There are no bells to be seen anywhere. Nevertheless the sound is rather loud and can also be heard from the opposite river bank.The solution to the...
6 Reviews and 116 Opinions The Grand Hotel Pupp is the paramount of Karlovy Vary accommodation and it truly is a grand hotel in...
Hotel Romance Puskin
1 Review and 50 Opinions good location, service, breakfast, staff and beautiful
Café at Grand Hotel Pupp: A Taste of Belle Epoque Glamour
If you want to experience a bit of the glamour of this belle epoque grand hotel without wanting (or being able to) pay the prices for a room or a big meal at the restaurant, visit the cafe for a coffee or tea and a piece of cake. Prices are above Karlovy Vary average but for...
Pilsner Urquell: Sweet paradise
When we were in Czech Republic, in Karlovy Vary, we had a many free time so we decided to go to restaurant to eat an ice-cream. It was a end of June so it was a pretty hot outside. And we decided to go to ''Pilsner Urquell''. We ordered 2 ice-creams. We only said: ''Two...
Slash Bar: Concert place
This is a nice and friendly place, where Massive Attack start concert when noone knows them! the place is quite nice, and you can practice sports outside. The beer is cheap and the people looks wild, but they are friendly. I love this bar...
Dress Code: don't go naked!
Written Sep 15, 2009
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Karlovy Vary Train Station [main ]
The station is in need of an update , very scruffy inside and out, not a good welcome to smart Karlovy Vary town. This is the station for Prague and Cheb, there is another station in Karlovy Vary. There is a bus dont know any info, so i walked down.From the station...
Day Trip by Bus from the German Side
A day trip to Karlovy Vary from the German side of the Ore Mountains, in this case the Zschopau valley area, by public transport is doable but requires a bit of planning. Train connections are complicated and time-consuming. The easiest option is the Autobus Sachsen bus line...
Everywhere in Karlovy Vary & Prague's suprkt: Spa wafers - Kolonada
Since 1856.Wafers with a special taste and shape.It is claimed by the producer that Edward VII, king of England, the composer Johann Strauss, the writer Jan Neruda were amongst those who liked to enjoy warm, fresh spa wafers whilst walking along the sunny Colonnade.
Water Tasting and Water Cups
The typical pastime in Karlsbad is promenading the spa quarter and sipping the healing waters, watching people and being watched. The springs are out in the open and the water is free to take. To do this, a water cup is a must-have accessoire. These cups are on sale...
Beer is for Kings and Wombats and... Everyone
The Czech Republic is famous for its beers and a visit is incomplete without sampling it. The famous Pilsener, the most bitter type of beer, is named after the Czech town of Plzen. But there is more. Krusovice black beer is quite popular in Germany, too, but there are many...
DO NOT drink the fountain water in Karlovy Vary!!
I'm talking about the natural mineral water coming out of the geysers there, which are pumped through drinking fountains for the public to use in this medieval city of Czech Republic. I was there back in July of 2007 and drank the water, which I knew was high in mineral...
A Russian Orthodox temple.
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...
Karlovy Vary: Spa Town
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...
The Springs and the Drinking Cure
Among the many thermal springs in and around Karlovy Vary, 13 are used for spa treatment and can be drunk. Very few have opening hours at all (the large thermal spring Vrídlo, for example), most are out in the open and accessible any time. The water is free to take. There is...
The late 19th century has reshaped most of the spa quarter. There was not much space left after 1900 when art nouveau became the fashionable style. However, some gaps were still to be filled. The facades of the art nouveau buildings are just as ornate as their older...
Explore Deeper into Karlovy Vary
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