Karlovy Vary: Introduction

The world famous spa town of Karlovy Vary, also known by its German name of Karlsbad (or Carlsbad in English), was founded in 1350 by the Czech King and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV.

The town's visitors over the years have included Casanova,  Ludwig  van  Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Kafka, Alphonse Mucha and many representatives of the world film industry who come to Karlovy Vary as guests of the International Film Festival held every year in July.

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The Market Colonnade in Karlovy VaryKarlovy Vary lies in a green valley of the river Teplá (meaning "Warm") and its setting alone gives it an atmosphere of beauty and peace. The town has been recapturing its former glory with its Baroque and Art Nouveau buildings being restored and people rediscovering all the town has to offer.

A bus from Prague will get you to Karlovy Vary in around 2 hours (there are no convenient trains). From the bus station, it is about a 20-minute walk to the colonnades.

Whether you go to Karlovy Vary to relax your mind, find a cure or admire the architecture, you will not regret visiting this elegant city.

Karlovy Vary sister city: Carlsbad, California

Read about our guided tour to Karlovy Vary.