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Czech Republic Karlovy Vary, World Famous Spa Town

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Eastern Europe Day 8 Continues: A spa town in the western Bohemia, Czech Republic? Sounds like haven for spa-goers, isn't it? The renowned West Bohemian Spa Triangle, Karlovy Vary or Carlsbad is historically famous for its hot springs, and is the most visited spa town in the Czech Republic.

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Well recognized for the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Carlsbad is a popular tourist destination especially known for international celebrities visiting for spa treatments.

karlovy vary spa town grand hotel pupp
The name " Karlovy Vary " may not ring a bell, but I am sure many of you have come across some of their sights in the movies. The city has been used as the location for a number of film-shoots, including the 2006 films Last Holiday starring Queen Latifah, Shanghai Knights, and box-office hit James Bond film Casino Royale, which used the city's Grand Hotel Pupp in various appearances.

karlovy vary international film festival grand hotel pupp
Here in Karlovy Vary, visitors can stay in magnificent spa buildings, villas and complexes that offer top class services linked to traditional spa treatments, as well as first-rate modern wellness procedures. Grand Hotel Pupp, is commonly regarded as one of the best in the world.

karlovy vary vridlo hot spring spa therapies
carlsbad vridlo hot spring colonnade mineral water
Karlovy Vary’s houses 13 hot mineral springs, which are used to treat illnesses affecting the digestive, along with problems linked to cancers etc. The Karlovy Vary spa therapies use both the centuries-proven thermal baths and drinking cures, as well as modern methods, such as cryotherapy.

czech republic karlovy vary vridlo hot spring
The hottest of the springs is the Vridlo, meaning Hot Spring, which emerges from the ground nearby. Be warned! The water has an incredible temperature of 72°C!

karlovy vary hot mineral spring spa jugs water
The water contains a high level of minerals, and it is available for everyone free-of-charge. Tourists can buy a spa jug from the souvenir shops and fill it up from several of the local healing springs like this one here.

karlovy vary vridlo hot spring colonnade geyser
Besides drinking the curative waters of the Vridlo at the Hot Spring Colonnade, visitors can also check out the 14-meter high fountain that constantly springs up from the Vridlo. This geyser yields on an average 2.000 litres of mineral water per minute!

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Unique architecture with daunting colonnades, the town has been bringing back its former grandeur with its Baroque and Art Nouveau buildings being restored.

karlovy vary historic center holy trinity column
Located at the Trziste ( Market ) in the Karlovy Vary Historic Center stood the Holy Trinity Column, built as a symbol of gratitude that the spa town had been spared from an outbreak of plague in 1713. The main motif of the sandstone plague column is the Coronation of Mary of the Immaculate Conception by the Holy Trinity.

carlsbad luxury boutique hotel quisisana palace
Combining elements from the Neo-Renaissance, Neo-Gothic and Neo-Baroque styles is the luxury boutique Hotel Quisisana Palace in Carlsbad.

karlovy vary church of st mary magdalene
For the church goers, there is a Roman Catholic Cathedral of St Mary Magdalene which is nestled right in the very heart of the Karlovy Vary spa area, close to the Hot Spring. Built in 1737 , the church bears the hallmarks of the High Baroque architecture, an important Baroque monument in Czech Republic, and the glorious tabernacle was declared a National Cultural Monument in 2010.

czech republic karlovy vary market colonnade white building
Like many other buildings in Karlovy Vary, the white wooden building built in the Swiss style comes from the workshop of the Viennese architects Fellner and Helmer. The Market Colonnade is beautifully decorated with various motifs of the lace, carved in wood. Inside, you may find the seeps of three mineral springs: the Charles IV Spring, the Lower Castle Spring, and the Market Spring.

karlovy vary mill colonnade neo renaissance style
czech republic karlovy vary mill colonnade hot spring
Here is the magnificent Mill Colonnade in the Neo-Renaissance style. It is 132 meters long, 13 meters wide and has 124 columns, and stretches over five hot springs!

karlovarske oplatky carlsbad spa wafers
If you ever visit the gorgeous spa town, don't forget to buy their famous souvenirs which include the Karlovarské oplatky ( Carlsbad Spa Wafers ), originated in the city in 1867. Flavoured with chocolate, vanilla, hazel nut, and combination with the Karlovy Vary spring water and salt, give the wafers a distinctive flavour.

eu holidays czech republic karlovy vary spa town
Although we had a wonderful time visiting this world famous spa resort, my only regret is not being able to indulge in one of their most celebrated spa therapies. It will be great if EU Holidays include at least a night's stay in Karlovy Vary along with treatments like a body massage for their tour group to rejuvenate along with their Europe trip. I am sure the tour members wouldn't mind paying a bit more for such a retreat.

Well, I would definitely love to return to Karlovy Vary, to indulge in the world famous curative hot springs in the town of remedial springs set among the most beautiful nature in the country. Have you heard of this legendary spa town in the Eastern Europe?

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Next stop, we take you to Prague, which is situated just two hours away from Karlovy Vary........

Meanwhile, check out our 10-Day Scenic Eastern Europe Adventure, starting from the Budapest UNESCO World Heritage Site! Like what you see? Subscribe to Luxury Haven by Email and you will never miss a post again!


  1. Just drink directly from the fountain. Wow!

  2. That healing water spring sounds interesting.

  3. Never heard of it. Thanks for showing us through pictures. I'm sure you had a wonderful time even though you didn't get to use the spa.

  4. It's such a beautiful place, Shirley. I've never heard of a spa town. I can imagine how therapeutic it must be to come here. ^.^

  5. You look great a great place to visit

  6. very nice pics..i like your cape..

  7. Thank you for sharing the beautiful photos!

  8. What a beautiful place, Shirley! Thank you so much for sharing your lovely photos. I really enjoyed this tour! :)

  9. Another good reason to visit the Czech Republic!

  10. aren't the hot spring amazing.

  11. Gosh the architecture in this town is just spectacular!

  12. A 'spa' town! Has to be on my 'to visit' list. ;-)

  13. another nice country to visit..beautiful photos.

  14. Such an amazing trip, I love these pics!!!!
    Kisses, Paola.


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  15. Oh, Shirley, I'm green with envy. This spa town is so beautiful. I'm you enjoyed this wonderful trip.

    Jasmine x
    Jas Claire

  16. Spa town sounds amazing. Great travel venture.

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  18. Amazing architecture, Shirley. Beautiful pics. Happy Tuesday, darling.

  19. The buildings are beautiful with characters! I love this place with spas and healing waters to drink as I am a firm believer in this natural minerals. When I was in Japan for 7 nights, I soaked inside their onsen spas for 7 nights too! Heavens la! Water pumped from Hot Springs to the hotel so they don;t encourage drinking them.

  20. More than anything, I just can't get over how spectacular the architecture is there - so elaborate and special! Thanks for sharing these images, Shirley :)

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  21. I would like to have a drink of that heathly water. This seems like such a lovely place to visit.

    You look so beautiful!!! That poncho is a fantastic item, such a standout piece. I absolutely love this outfit.

  22. I just read about Karlovy Vary on another blog too! Didn't know it was a spa town though. Those mineral water pumps remind me of Ukraine- there are certain spots where people would go for mineral water and load up on it to bring home.
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    1. Love to visit Ukraine some day too, dear! Thanks for sharing with us! xoxo

  23. Whata wonderful p,ace, so lucky you!

  24. The name is a spa town sounds very interesting! Would love to meet you in BKK one day :)

  25. wahhh you're very lucky..and the best thing is the free spring water for everyone...which they did not try to make an income out of it for the best interest of everyone.

  26. Photos of your trips are always beautiful dear!

    La Flò ♡ blog

  27. Wonderful photos. Looks amazing place.

  28. Lovely architecture! Yep, it's a pity you missed the famous spa treatment. It should be a wonderful experience!

  29. Beautiful pictures!
    Have a nice week-end!
    Gil Zetbase


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