Karlovy Vary is a famous European spa resort with a long history, it has been known since the XIV century. Since then, the thermal capital of the Czech Republic has been visited by numerous famous persons: Peter the Great, Gogol, Goethe, Mozart, Chopin and many others. Modern Karlovy Vary is the ideal place to relax in a pleasant festive atmosphere away from the bustle of the big city.
The main sight of Karlovy Vary is its mineral water, which you can sample right on the city's waterfront, if you buy an elegant porcelain mug with a special spout to drink from. In total there are twelve springs. The most interesting is the spring №1 called "Vřídlo". This is a unique geyser producing up to 2000 liters of mineral water per minute, the height of it reaches 12 meters. This is the only spring which is suitable for swimming. You can take a look at "Vřídlo" in a separate hall.
Karlovy Vary is a city, which is godlike in its beauty. The architectural ensemble doesn’t have a lot of Gothic and Baroque elements, which are so common in the Czech Republic. Gardens and parks are everywhere. The most famous of them are the Dvořák Gardens located in the city center. The territory of several alleys is full of shady benches, monuments, beautiful flowers.
Unofficially, the city has 13 springs. That's how the locals jokingly call the famous "Becherovka" liqueur. Czech physician Jan Becher, who was born Karlovy Vary, in due time prescribed "Becherovka" as a cure for stomach pain. Now it is being used as an alcoholic beverage all over the world. The factory for its production is located in Karlovy Vary as well as the museum named after Jan Becher.
- Karlovy Vary is two-hour away from Prague.
- There is a swimming pool with mineral water in Karlovy Vary, so you should bring a bathing suit.
- The most powerful and warm Karlovy Vary spring called Geyser is located in the center of the resort area.