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Europe » Czech Republic » Karlovy Vary Region » Karlovy Vary February 8th 2007

Karlovy Vary is a quiet little spa town situated on the northern border of Czech Republic, very popular in summer with western tourists and film stars, who come for the annual film festival. For us three little travellers, however, Karlovy Vary was a sleepy Czech town in winter, with just a few young families and elderly couples. The town is set around the River Tepla, in a basin surrounded by visible trees and hills. Along the main street are lots of quaint jewellery shops and deluxe (read unattainable) hotels. The spas are fed by thermal springs deep underground, and their water is said to have healing properties. We gave it a go. We got sick! It tasted purely of salt and metal and Ciara had to spit it out into the river - a cardinal sin! ... read more

Europe » Czech Republic » Karlovy Vary Region » Karlovy Vary February 8th 2007

Karlovy Vary is a quiet little spa town situated on the northern border of Czech Republic, very popular in summer with western tourists and film stars, who come for the annual film festival. For us three little travellers, however, Karlovy Vary was a sleepy Czech town in winter, with just a few young families and elderly couples. The town is set around the River Tepla, in a basin surrounded by visible trees and hills. Along the main street are lots of quaint jewellery shops and deluxe (read unattainable) hotels. The spas are fed by thermal springs deep underground, and their water is said to have healing properties. We gave it a go. We got sick! It tasted purely of salt and metal and Ciara had to spit it out into the river - a cardinal sin! ... read more

Europe » Czech Republic » Karlovy Vary Region » Karlovy Vary September 23rd 2006

Thursday night, almost all of NYU in Prague went to Prahapalooza, a party set up by four of the NYU kids at a local British pub, Three Lions. It was a lot of fun... maybe too much fun. Friday morning, as expected, was a little dead around the dorm as everyone nursed their hangovers. Never one to miss an opportunity to travel, I decided to leave all the corpses sleeping and head out on an excursion to Karlovy Vary, a mountain spa town in Western Bohemia about two hours outside of Prague. Karlovy Vary, also known as "Carlsbad" in German, is a spa town known worldwide (?) for its healing thermal mineral springs. The town is completely filled with old people. I am not exaggerating in the slightest when I say that at least 75% of ... read more


As you will see from the photos, I really like the Czech Republic! The architecture of the buildings is so beautiful and the towns are so picturesque. We started out in the hot springs region, in the west of the country. Karlovy Vary and Marianske Lazne are our favorite spa towns. Karlovy Vary is the largest and the most well known destination. Since it was founded it has been host to such greats as: Bach, Freud, Marx, Goethe, and Peter the Great. They and all the current visitors come here to imbibe in the 12 hot springs that bubble up from the earth in this area. Thoughout town you can buy special sipping cups with drinking spouts built into the handles. Then you walk the length of the covered kolanadas and sample the very hot water ... read more
The Mill Kolanada of Karlovy Vary
The Bath 3 Kolanada
The Tepla River and the steam from the hot springs


Walking the streets of Karlovy Vary it is easy to see that this is a town where, for centuries, people with money, and I mean MONEY, have vacationed. I have never seen a town with so many fancy, five star hotels sitting so close together. Most, not all, but most of these hotels were built during the Victorian era and thus the architecture is ornate and very beautiful. Why do they come to this small city? People come here to drink and bath in the hot mineral waters. I have read that Charles IV found the hot springs when a stag he had shot fell into one of the pools of hot water. A description of the medicinal properties of the mineral waters has been found in a book published in 1522. By the end of ... read more
One of the Many Fancy Hotels
Another Fancy Hotel
Entrance to One of the Buildings


We enjoyed Karlovy Vary, seeing the sights and sites, watching the people, looking in the shop windows and simply walking around. But what we enjoyed most was hiking through the woods. The mountains around the town are full of walking trails and the forest is beautiful at this time of year. For the most part the trails are well marked and we were able to find our way through the woods, down the mountain and back to the town. And yes, we were careful to stay on the marked trail and not go wandering off on any one of the many unmarked ones. We particularly wanted to see the statue of a mountain goat, a Chamols, that sits on a high rock pinnacle overlooking the city and is one of the prime viewing points. Is ... read more
Nancy at an Overlook Shelter
The Chamois Standing On the Rock.
The Observation Tower




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