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Karlovy Vary

Czech Republic
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A world-famous spa town. Grand streets lined with colonnades and beautifully restored buildings characterize Karlovy Vary. It's an elegant and peaceful city known for its thermal springs.

Karlovy Vary, known as Carlsbad in German, is the largest and most renowned spa town in the Czech Republic. Located in a lush valley on the Tepla River near the German border, Karlovy Vary is about two hours by car from Prague. According to legend, Charles IV (the same Charles that Prague's iconic bridge is named after) discovered the hot springs in Karlovy Vary while hunting in the forest. People have come to Karlovy Vary for hundreds of years to enjoy its natural springs and peaceful atmosphere. Visitors to Karlovy Vary can treat themselves to relaxing massages, whirlpool baths, warm wraps, and other treatments in the many luxury hotel spas. More austere spa treatments are also available. A week at the spa is a frequent cure prescribed by Czech doctors.
Karlovy Vary is the home of Moser, the famous glassmaker. It's also home to the Czech Republic's most famous liquor, Becherovka. Karlovy Vary is famous in the film industry as well. It hosts one of Europe's largest and oldest film festivals, which still attracts Hollywood's big names. Don't miss a funicular ride to the Diana Tower high above the town. This offers beautiful views over Karlovy Vary and the countryside. Be sure to purchase one of a unique porcelain souvenir cups. That way you can sample the famous and "flavorful" mineral water. And don't forget to see the Vridlo hot spring, which shoots 12 meters into the air.

What I love about Karlovy Vary

Bettina

Central Europe Team Leader

The architecture is amazing in this beautiful town. I loved wondering around and tasting waters from the springs. Strange flavour, I have to admit, but how many other places do you know where you can do it? Also, the best part was going up the funicular to the Rozhledna Diana lookout tower and taking in the view from the top.

Where to stay in Karlovy Vary

Karlovy Vary's reputation as a spa town for the well-to-do is evident in the luxury hotels available to you. With room rates attractive compared to Prague, and the average stay here just a couple of nights, why not splash out and stay in style? Wes Anderson pinpointed Karlovy Vary and its grand hotels as inspiration for his masterpiece, The Grand Budapest Hotel. Once we start preparing your customized itinerary we will present our recommended options for you to select from.
Historical Building
This renovated 'National House' offers historic rooms and 4 Star+ amenities at affordable rates, right in the center of town.
Historical Building
You might recognize it from its star turn in the Bond movie, Casino Royale. Pupp is Karlovy Vary's most iconic Grand Hotel.

Things to do in Karlovy Vary

In Karlovy Vary we do not currently have any group excursions available, but we are able to arrange private services, such as a city tour or spa treatment. A majority of our guests visit Karlovy Vary as a day trip from Prague. For those who want to see the Czech Republic more extensively, Karlovy Vary should definitely be an overnight stop. Karlovy is a romantic setting, so it's a good choice for couples. Each July, the Karlovy Vary Film Festival comes to town for a week, so if your travel dates correspond with the festival, Karlovy Vary is worth considering, even if hotel rates shoot up into the stratosphere. Otherwise, Karlovy Vary is the ideal town for a stroll, with its its impressive white colonnades and rejuvenating natural mineral water found in fountains around town. The Moser glass factory, less than a ten minute drive from the town center, is a must-see, its inexpensive museum and glassworks tour well worth your time. One of our favorite things to do in Karlovy Vary when the weather cooperates is to go for a swim in the outdoor pool at the Communist-era Hotel Thermal. The deck there affords fantastic views of the town, and because you're at Thermal, you don't have it spoiling your view!

Popular Tour Itineraries Featuring Karlovy Vary

Spend some time in Karlovy Vary on a tour that takes in other cities in Czech Republic and neighboring countries. Our vacation packages including Karlovy Vary and other destinations make traveling in Central & Eastern Europe hassle-free. We take care of getting you from place to place, accommodation, excursions and activities.

Glowing Reviews from Our Guests

4.9 / 5

Average of our Guest's Ratings of our Karlovy Vary vacation packages
Based on 3 reviews

Philip & Jacqueline

Connecticut

A very friendly and completely thorough travel group that made our trip run very smoothly.

A very friendly and completely thorough travel group that made our trip run very smoothly.

Year : 2018
Visited : Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary
Itinerary : Prague, Karlovy Vary, Cesky Krumlov, Salzburg, Vienna, Budapest
Rating :
4.8 / 5
Year : 2018
Visited : Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary
Itinerary : Prague, Karlovy Vary, Cesky Krumlov, Salzburg, Vienna, Budapest
Rating :
4.8 / 5

James & Jan

Texas

Well planned. JayWay Travel will do it your way. Cell phone is a real plus.

Well planned. JayWay Travel will do it your way. Cell phone is a real plus.

Year : 2018
Visited : Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia
Itinerary : Prague, Karlovy Vary, Cesky Krumlov, Brno, Krakow, Warsaw, Gdansk, Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2018
Visited : Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia
Itinerary : Prague, Karlovy Vary, Cesky Krumlov, Brno, Krakow, Warsaw, Gdansk, Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn
Rating :
5 / 5

Susan, Earl, John & Judy

Washington

The only way to travel is with JayWay Travel. From the planning process through the actual 25 day journey, we were all extremely satisfied. Actually, almost each and every night, we toasted our experience and highly recommend it to everyone.

The only way to travel is with JayWay Travel. From the planning process through the actual 25 day journey, we were all extremely satisfied. Actually, almost each and every night, we toasted our experience and highly recommend it to everyone.

Year : 2018
Visited : Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania
Itinerary : Prague, Prague, Karlovy Vary, Cesky Krumlov, Brno, Budapest, Sighetu Marmatiei, Cluj, Sibiu, Sighisoara, Brasov, Bucharest
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2018
Visited : Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania
Itinerary : Prague, Prague, Karlovy Vary, Cesky Krumlov, Brno, Budapest, Sighetu Marmatiei, Cluj, Sibiu, Sighisoara, Brasov, Bucharest
Rating :
5 / 5
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