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Karlovy Vary is the largest and most renowned spa town in the Czech Republic. Thanks to its healing springs, the fame of Karlovy Vary (also known as Carlsbad) has spread around the world. The town was founded by the Czech King and Holy Roman Emperor, Charles IV, in the mid-14th century. The popularity of the spa grew and the wealthy nobility soon began to visit. The most illustrious Karlovy Vary patient of the 18th century was the Russian Tsar, Peter the Great. In addition to the aristocracy, Karlovy Vary became a popular destination amongst Europe’s cultural and political elite. Karlovy Vary offers a wide range of options for calm relaxation and also active pursuits, including spa treatments, wellness, sports, sightseeing trips and also a rich cultural life.


Karlovy Vary offers a rich cultural life. Every year a number of important events are held in the town: the prestigious International Film Festival attended by film stars from all over the world, the International Jazz Festival, and Tourfilm – the film festival with a focus on tourism. This town offers classical music lovers the Dvořák Autumn Festival and nearby Marianské Lázně holds the Chopin Festival. We also recommend a visit to the Gallery of Art and the Civic Theatre, where you can wonder at the decorations by the famous Art Nouveau painters, Gustav and Ernst Klimt and Franz Match. 


Karlovy Vary lies in a picturesque valley where the River Teplá meets the River Ohře. It is surrounded by forests and woods that are ideal for bracing countryside walks in the fresh air, making them an essential part of therapeutic stays here. Numerous beautiful destinations for excursions and historical monuments can be found in the surrounding areas of the town, e.g. Mariánské Lázně with the nearby chateau of Kynžvart and the Premonstratensian Monastery in Teplá, the castle in Loket and Bečov nad Teplou Chateau. 


If you like active relaxation, you can take advantage of a range of sports options in the close vicinity of the town. Sport, mainly golf and tennis, has a long tradition in Karlovy Vary. In addition to these sports, there is a range of places near the town that offer thrills to riding, hunting, fishing, and winter sports enthusiasts.

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360 01 Karlovy Vary

Tel: +420 353 176 761 
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Fax: +420 353 540 365

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