You are taken back to the 14th century, to the deep woods near the royal castle of Loket
. The forests are full of wild animals, singing birds and underground hot springs whose beneficial effects were appreciated even by the King and Emperor Charles IV of Luxembourg himself. That is why he established a town here, which bears his name and the spa legacy to this day.
© Ladislav Renner
Trace the footsteps of the European aristocracy and world-famous artists. Take a stroll through the splendid spa colonnades, taste the traditional Karlovy Vary delicacies and discover the healing power of the hot springs bubbling out from the depths of the Earth. You can also marvel at the variety of architectural monuments, spacious colonnades and magnificent spa houses, tightly clamped together along the river Teplá, which may remind you of the picturesque towns of the Netherlands interlaced with networks of water canals. However, the cosmopolitan town of Karlovy Vary
contains monuments reminiscent of many other faraway places. During your stroll you can therefore take a peek into 19th century England, Ancient Rome or into Russia under the tsar.
Enjoy the dream-like beauty and relaxing atmosphere, just like those who visited the town before you – the poet Goethe, tsar Peter the Great, composers Beethoven or Dvořák
, violin virtuoso Paganini, empress Elisabeth nicknamed Sisi or the irresistible womanizer Casanova.
If it is the thirteenth spring of Karlovy vary – Becherovka – that has won your favour, you can rest assured that you are not alone. Even the Austrian emperor had a soft-spot for it. In 1904 the Johann Becher company even received the title of the “Main Imperial and Royal Supplier” – every month the company supplied the emperor’s court with fifty litres of Becherovka.