Your tour of the sights of Karlovy Vary gets underway at the Moser Museum
, where you will have the opportunity to observe the firm’s technique for producing unique crystal and tour its glassworks. You will then continue across the river to the Jan Becher Museum
. There you will discover that the manufacture of the legendary herb liqueur really is alchemy, while a tasting of prepared specialities is sure not to disappoint. Next stop is the peaceful and relaxing Alžbetiných lázní
(Elisabeth Spa), named after the Empress Elisabeth, also known as Sissi. After giving your body and mind a break, it’s time for a little reflection on the history of the persecution of the Jewish nation. Be sure to visit Sadová where at the site of a former synagogue there is a memorial to its burning down. It is also dedicated to victims of the Shoah
from Karlovy Vary’s Jewish community who were dragged off during the Nazi occupation. The next stop will be the last preserved Jewish historical landmark in the town, the local cemetery
. It lies in Mozartova St. on a hill across the river and is reached via the bridge Lázeňský most. As well as a moment’s reflection on the transience of human life beneath the canopies of mature trees, a memorial to fallen WWI soldiers and an interesting ceremonial hall building await you. You next head down Vřídelní St. towards the Mill Colonnade
and the Vřídlo
spring. The Mill Colonnade building is the oldest in Karlovy Vary, while the Vřídelní Colonnade is famous for the Vřído spring, a geyser of hot water that reaches 12 metres into the air. In the basement you can discover the secret of the origin of its famous stone roses. After strolling a little further down the colonnade you cross the bridge Jánský most and follow Stará louka to the lower station of the Diana cable car; it will transport you to Friendship Height, location of the Diana Lookout Tower
. A wonderful view of the town in the setting sun will represent the perfect conclusion to a pleasant day. You can also enjoy refreshments at one of the local restaurants.
Karlovy Vary is 127 km from Prague. It can be reached by car in approximately two hours. It takes three hours to get there by train or bus.
A trip to Karlovy Vary can be combined with a visit to Pilsen. In that case the route is 175 km and going by car is recommended.