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Karlovy Vary

Karlovy Vary
Karlovy Vary

The town of Karlovy Vary belongs to one of the most attractive and most beautiful towns in the Czech Republic. It is worth mentioniting that Karlovy Vary belongs to one of the most often visited Czech towns.

The town has an eventful history. It was founded on the confluence of the Ohře and Teplá rivers in the Czech mountain range (approximately 120 kilometres from Prague) during the reign of Charles IV, the Czech king and Roman emperor, sometime around the year 1349. According to a legend Charles IV himself discovered the Karlovy Vary springs at hunting a deer in the middle of the 14th century. The official evidence of the existence of the town dates back to the year 1370 when Charles IV granted to the town freedoms and rights similar to other royal towns. Moreover the city used the concessions granted to health resorts. Around the 16th century the town experienced a downfall in tourist traffic (mostly due to the Thirty Years´ War) but at the end of the 17th century the town flourished thanks to the inflow of rich aristocratic visitors.

Since then (with the exception of First and Second World War period) the town has flourished and become more and more attractive destinationation for its visitors.

The health centre itself is situated around the meandering Teplá Rivulet.

The original buildings in the town date back to the Renaissance period but the majority of houses date from the period of "Golden Time" in the health resort. The original Romanesque and Gothic buildings have not been preserved. The most ancient work of spa is Zámecká věž (The Chateau Tower). It is a torso of a former "lovecký hrádek" (small hunting castle) that was built under the order of Charles IV. At present the tower is closed to the public but in the near future a museum exposition will be opened.

Císařské lázně
Císařské lázně

Also worth seeing are the houses on Stará Louka (The Old Meadow). It is a line of buildings adjacent to the embankment of the Teplá River. A Renaissance and Baroque pattern is imprinted to the buildings.

One of the typical Baroque sights is , for instance, the Church of Saint Mari Magdalena (in the quarter Nad Vřídlem - at Kostelni square), which was designed by a world famous architect K. I. Diezenhofer, or so-called Morový sloup (The Plaguey Pillar) - the monument of Holy Trinity not far away from the Chateau Tower.

The buildings of the most famous public town spa - Lázně I (called also Emperor´s Spa) have the shape of a horseshoe with a large inner atrium. The buildings are situated close to the Grandhotel PUPP *****, Karlovy Vary .

As the time went on spa institutions called Lázně II (Spa II) and Lázně III (Spa III),which cannot touch the Lázně I (Spa I or Emperor´s Spa) for their charm, were opened. Naturally, one cannot imagine Karlovy Vary without colonnades. They are lining one by one around the Teplá Rivulet (on the Old Meadow). The colonnades were built with a view to provide a place for strolling and drinking water out of hot springs, meeting people in the open air. Besides, the colonnades can be used as a protection against unpleasant weather conditions.

On each collonade you can find thermal, or if you want, wholesome springs. In total there are 12 springs, to the well-known belong, for instance, the spring called Vřídlo (The Boiling spring), The Nymph, The Spring of Charles IV and The Spring of Prince Venceslas etc. In Karlovy Vary there are many more places worth visiting. At the top of Zámecký vrch (the Chateau Hill) a complex of Zámecké lázně (the Chateau Spa) is located. The building was designed by the architect Ohmann, the original purpose was to serve as place for strolling. The structure was built in an avant-gard style but as the time went on, it was reconstructed into a form of a modern balneo-service institution. You should not omit a visit to a five-dome Russian Orthodox Church of Saint Peter and Paul on the avenue of the king George (close to the Hotel Smetana ****, Karlovy Vary - Vyšehrad) or to the Church of Saint Peter and Paul in the Mariánskoláze?ská Street (in between Pension Villa Basileia ***, Karlovy Vary and hotel Eboli). Also worth seeing is the Anglican Church of Saint Luke on the Chateau Hill.

Karlovy Vary
Karlovy Vary

The target of many spa strolls are lookouot places and vantage points, which are almost everywhere. Among the best known belong, for instance, the vantage point called Diana (547 metres above the sea level) standing at Výšina přátelství (the Rise of Friendship) and accessible by lift from the Grandhotel PUPP *****, Karlovy Vary , the lookout point of Charles IV above the Grandhotel PUPP *****, Karlovy Vary or the lookout point at the Hill of Eternal Life, to which a famous German writer Goethe took a deep liking.

The town is visited not only for its beauty but also for the soothing curative effect of Karlovy Vary hot springs to various insidious diseases. Disorders of digestive system (such as stomach disorders, intestines, liver, gallbladder, biliary tract and pancreas) and disorders of metabolism (such as diabetes, high cholesterol, uricaemia, chronical troubles with spine and knuckles, attenuation of health condition due to an intense mental stress, oncological diseases after operations, irradiation and chemotherapy are being cured in Karlovy Vary).

But Karlovy Vary is not world-famous only for its noted spa, curative springs and beautiful setting. Later on it won fame for its additional speciality and traits typical of Karlovy Vary. One of the traditional speciality is primarily the glass trade mark Moser, which is also known under the name "Glass of kings" and of which many sovereigns all over the world have boasted. At present the glassworks produces a wide range of glass sortiment made both of genuine crystal and various ravishing colours.

One of the most original speciality is a half bitter and half sweet gastric liqueur called "Karlovarská Becherovka", which is also known under the title "the 13th spring". The formula for making this liqueur is unique and in spite of the fact that many people tried to copy this product, nobody succeded in acquiring such a typical herbal flavour.

Probably everybody have heard of spa waffels made in Karlovy Vary. Nowadays there is a plentiful variety of them, the most typical being the original formula - waffels filled with sweet nut filling. Waffels are exported worldwide, but you enjoy them best while strolling over colonnades, right when they are fresh and still warm.

Now we could mention the porcelain. In Karlovy Vary not only kitchen porcelain, but also decorative, aesthetically tuned and beautifully decorated, which is also exported into the world, is being produced. The town serves as an oasis of tranquility and therefore one cannot marvel that it has been visited by many famous and gifted people who searched for an inspiration or recreation. The town has been visited by, for instance, well-known composers such as W. A. Mozart, R. Strauss, L. v. Beethoven or statesmen such as Petermagne, Oto I (Greek king), William I (Prussian king), Juan Carlos I (Spanish king) and many others.

Grand Hotel Pupp
Grand Hotel Pupp

You are warm-heartedly welcomed to Karlovy Vary. In an imminent surroundings of hotels you can find many beautiful sights and places for strolling, all hotels are distant from the spa centre less than 10 minutes´walk. We wish you a pleasant stay full of unforgettable experience.

 
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