Easy drive from Prague, quiet if you go at the right time, beautifu scenery and architecture
If you expect light meals forget it!
Worth a visit to experience the Spa's and if you are lucky, bump into some famous people.
The Baths are a Baroque complex of spa buildings built between 1905/06. The building is named in memory of the murdered wife of Emperor Franz Joseph I, Empress Elisabeth, commonly known as Sisi. A park and fountain complement's this lovely building. The Elizabeth Baths, the largest balneological facility in Karlovy Vary, provides more than 60 spa...more
A very nice drive we did was a round tour of the old residential area of Karlovy Vary. This area is known as "the prestigious" residential quarter, and it certainly is.House's are multi storey, in lots of different designs, many with turret's, all painted beautifully and with spick & span garden's. It was an area I could have taken a photo of...more
After a couple of hours wandering the street from spring to spring, we needed a seat somewhere warm and dry, plus coffee & cake. OH is German. Coffee & cake is important. The cafe/restaurant was ideal. 2 espressos and an apple strudel to share. Excellent (OH knows her strudel).Friendly service, and survivable prices. Under €8. It was very busy in...more
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 us Euro holders still moderate. The cafe is located on the ground floor of...more
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!
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 ignore the road and walk down a path through the trees to a road over a...more
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 1000. However, this bus runs only once per week, on Tuesday, and only...more
This isn't a tip about one shop. You will find these items all over the spa area - shops and kiosks. First of all "oplatky". These are wafers, first intended to be eaten while drinking the spa water (to take the taste away).Whilst associated with Karlovy Vary now, they originated in nearby Mariánské Lázné.Secondly - Becherovka. It's a herbal...more
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 everywhere. They have a long beak which also serves as handle. You drink from the...more
We took the bus from prague for a day trip. we got of where most others got off (near Albert supermarket) but when we waited there for the return trip we nearly missed it as it does not stop there. ONLY at the railway station, which is a few hundred metres away, and we got very wet running aftre our bus in a huge storm!more
During our trip into Karlovy Vary we stopped to eat at good old McDonald's. That was a huge mistake! A few hours later all 4 of us were feeling somewhat sick to our stomaches. After returning home, one friend went to the hospital. Turns out she had E.Coli, which comes from undercooked meat. Be careful about what you order, and it may be wise to be...more
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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 content and supposed to be therapeutic. A few weeks later, I was diagnosed with...more
some places ask very high prices for a normal one hour massage. A normal price is around 600czk/hour. I was asked even for 1500czk! others offer "mineral bath"...which is nothing but normal drinking water and mineral salts available in any pharmacy! you can do this at your home for a few cents! ...be careful of "special package treatment...more
Miscellaneous: Don't forget to pack bathing suits, especially if you're going to take a dip in one of the outdoor thermal pools. You also might want to consider a towel in your beach bag, even if you are just going for a daytrip out of Prague.
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".more
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)more
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...more
There are quite extensive parks behind the Grandhotel Pupp. When I was last there several people were enjoying the skating there on the broad paths.
I wanted to join them but my hotpants were in the wash.
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 an excellent overview of the springs on the homepage of the city, so I...more
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 historistic neighbours. Some buildings worth mentioning:# The house with the...more
The French term "belle époque", the "beautiful era", describes Karlovy Vary's general appearance and the majority of its architecture best, that's why I am using it. The healing waters of the hot springs had been known since the 14th century and already around 1800 it had become a popular spa among the elegant world of Europe. However, its most...more
If you think Prague and Vienna are too cliché, how about visiting the spa city of Karlovy Vary? Located at the confluence of the rivers Teplá and Oh_e, Karlovy Vary is located about 130 km (81 miles) west of Prague. While the town is famous for its spa culture and hot springs, it also contains beautiful belle époque and art nouveau building facades. And these spas are not cost-prohibitive – many of the city's famous thermal springs are located in open colonnades, which are free to the public and where visitors can "drink cure" from special cups available for purchase throughout the town. Some of the more notable colonnades are the Park Colonnade and the Mill Colonnade, as well as the Thermal Spring Colonnade. Stroll the streets, sip the cure, and enjoy your weekend away from the busy city.