Karlovy Vary: Introduction
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.
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.
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
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