Karlovy Vary is a legendary resort in Czech Republic, founded in the middle of the 14th century by Charles IV, a Roman Emperor and a King of Bohemia. The foundation of the city is connected with medical properties of the hot mineral water. There are 14 springs (30°-73°C), the hottest one – Vřídlo gushes forth from a 2 km depth.
The resorts uses the water for drinking, baths and medical treatments.
Current image of the city is formed in the 19th century, it embraces different architectural styles.
After the velvet revolution of 1989 due to the foreign and local investments the resorts and hotels have reached world-class standards.
The richness of the resort social life is not the only advantage of the city. It is also famous for the traditional crystal glass and porcelain production. For almost 200 years the city is world famous for Becherovka liquor, Mattoni mineral water and the original waffles of Karlovy Vary. One of the most popular souvenirs brought from the city is articles made of hot spring stones.
Karlovy Vary landmarks. There are a lot of things to admire. The Old Castle (1608), House at the Three Moors (visited by Goethe), Loket Castle, St. Peter and Paul Cathedral, St. Mary Magdalen Cathedral, the Three Crosses, Angel mountain – these are the places to pay attention to.Total duration: ~ 10 hours.
Distance: ~ 128 km away from Prague, ~ 2-2.5 h. by car.