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Things to do in Karlovy Vary

Karlovy Ivy is a little spa town that is located in Western Bohemia, which is approximately 130 km away from Prague in the Czech Republic. The history of the city dates back to the middle ages, when the first Celtic settlers came to the city. The town is famous for its hot springs and there are around 300 of them around the city.

Karlovy Vary Czech Republic

The Karlovy Vary is a spa town that is located and the Western Bohemia, and visiting it should be on your list when it comes to things to do in Czech Republic. The place has been named after the Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV and the King of Bohemia, who found the city in 1370. The town was famous for its hot springs and has 13 main springs and 300 small springs. The place became a popular tourist attraction in the 19th century when several international celebrities started visiting the place for spa treatments. Some of the things to do in Karlovy Vary include The Diane Observation Tower that is located on top of the Grandhotel Pupp and rises to a height of 547 meters. You can easily reach the place by walking on the spa rails or use the funicular. Other than this, you can go to the Becherovka that was made in 1807 and gives you the opportunity of tasting traditional liquor. The Jan Becher Museum is another place that you should go to as it exhibits items associated with liquor. Other things to do in Karlovy Ivy include the beautiful churches that are spread all over the area.


Places to visit in Karlovy Vary


The Karlovy Vary is a city in Bohemia that is located in the western Czech Republic and is famous for its hot springs. The place became a popular tourist spot because of its beautiful architecture and hot springs in the 19th century. In order to reach the place you can travel by bus that run on hourly buses from Prague and the entire trip takes two hours. You can also travel by train as the city has two train stations known as the Dolní Nádraží and Horní Nádraží. Some of the recommended hotels where you can stay are Camping Brezovy Haji, Hotel Cordoba, Hotel Garni Palatin, Hotel Kavalrie, Hyalit Aparthotel, Pension Rainbow, Pension Villa Basileia, and the Titty Twister Hostel. The place has great food, so you can try out the Bernard, Cafe Elephant, Cafe Pizzeria Venetia, Jean De Carro, Juice Bar Kokopelli, Kafe Brejk, Parlament, Restaurace u Tomase, and the Steakhouse Sklipek. Some of the places that you must check out include Mill Colonnade, Grandhotel Pupp, Chrám sv. apoštolů Petra a Pavla,Hot Spring Colonnade, Dvorakovy Sady, Castle Spa - Zemecke Lazne. If you are fond of old architecture, then visit the Church of St. Lucas, Anglican church, Church of St. Peter & St. Paul, Diana Lookout Tower, Jan Becher Museum, Karl Marx Monument, and the Karlovy Vary Museum.

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Mill Colonnade

Mill Colonnade

Thinking about what to add to your list of things to do in Czech Republic? You can’t miss a visit to the Mill Colonnade! The Mill Colonnade also has a raised area for spa orchestra where regular and free concerts are held. The place was decorated by architect Josef Zitek, who is also known for designing the National Theatre in Prague that was built from 1871 till 1881.

Initially, it was decided that a two storey structure would be formed, but due to lack of funds, only one storey was formed. Karlovy Vary has thirteen springs, out of which five are in Mill Colonnade, namely the Libuše Spring, Mill Spring, Nymph Spring, Prince Václav I Spring, and the Rock Spring.

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Hot Spring Colonnade

Hot Spring Colonnade

Visiting the Hot Spring Colonnade should be on the top of your list of things to do in Czech Republic. This is the warmest spring in the Karlovy Vary area and is right in the middle of the spa area. The spring spurts up to a height of 12 m and can shoot up to 2 liters of water at 72 °C and 5 liters of carbon dioxide. The hot spring colonnade was made back in 1975 and you can take a tour of the area.

The tour will help you to learn about the process of petrifying objects, how the thermal water is discharged, about the pipeline that is a few decades old and is plugged by aragonite and how sinter and aragonite is collected. The tours take place from May till September and tourists can also take evening tours from 8 pm till 10 pm. Make sure that you explore the premise s of the Hot Spring Colonnade as there is a market with several stalls that sell jewelry, porcelain goods, glass, and souvenirs. It is recommended that you buy the Karlovy Vary wafers from the nearby stores.

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Market Colonnade

Market Colonnade

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Castle Colonnade

Castle Colonnade

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The Church of St. Mary Magdalene

 The Church of St. Mary Magdalene

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The Diana Lookout Tower

The Diana Lookout Tower

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Friendship Hill

Friendship Hill

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Charles IV Lookout

Charles IV Lookout

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Spa Town: Grand Resorts and Hotels

Spa Town: Grand Resorts and Hotels

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The Orthodox Church of St. Peter and Paul

The Orthodox Church of St. Peter and Paul