Karlovy Vary, also called [Karlsbad] is a spa town in Western Bohemia.
Karlovy Vary, Western Bohemia, Czech Republic
About Karlovy Vary
Also called Karlsbad, the first Czech spa town, the home of the “Becherovka” – Czech herbal liqueur, “Karlovarské oplatky” – wafers, made usually in round shapes and different flavours, “Moser” glass and porcelain. The town dates back to 1349, at present counts over 50 000 inhabitants. In it’s long history, the town attracted many famous people as Goethe, Schiller, Bach, Marx, Gogol, Wagner or Peter the Great.
History of Karlovy Vary
The legend talks about the holy emperor Charles IV [Karel IV], who did enjoy hunting in the local forests. One day on a hunt, suddenly an impressive stag emerged in front of the emperor. He took it as a challenge and started chasing the animal. The stag suddenly fell down into the valley below. The king with his hunters descended to the valley, where they saw a wonderfull hot spring emerging from the ground. The king himself took a bath in the spring and felt an immediate relief from his joint problems.
In 1349 Charles founded here a settlement which 21 years later obtained it’s municipal charter. Karlovy Vary grew into a known spa town, which attracts international visitors.
Places to see in Karlovy Vary
The heart of the town is the Mill Colonnade [Mlýnská Kolonáda] offering more than 10 springs which can be enjoyed at any time. The temperature varies from 30 to over 70 °C. You can find here also many famous hotels, some of them offering also inhouse spa, health & beauty treatments. Also need to mention the lovely restaurants where one can enjoy traditional Czech or International cuisine. Specially in summer, dining outside on the promenade can be a nice experience.
The town also has an established Russian clientele since the 18th century. You can find here also a Russian Church [Pravoslavný Kostel sv. Petra a Pavla] built in the last century. Another famous church is to be found close to the main spring. It’s called the Church of Mary Magdalene [Kostel Máří Magdalény].