The spa town of Karlovy Vary, located deep in the valley of the river Teplá in the western part of Bohemia, at altitudes ranging from 360 to 644 metres above sea level, was founded around 1350 by Charles IV, King of Bohemia and Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. Undoubtedly the largest and most prominent spa in Czechia (it also has an international airport), it has been popular with clients from all corners of the world. The stately streets and spa colonnades are surrounded by a romantic, mountainous landscape. Intersected by many kilometres of forest paths, it offers vast opportunities for magnificent strolls with stupendous panoramic views of the spa valley. In addition, Karlovy Vary is a town of festivals and congresses and a venue for events of international importance which bring celebrities from all over the world to the town. However, the town has more to offer its visitors than the splendour of social life; it is also famous for its traditional production of crystalglass, marketed under the Moser brand, and porcelain in Dvory and Stará Role. Moreover, for almost two centuries, the town has enjoyed fame as the producer of the Karlovarská Becherovka liqueur, the popular Mattoni mineral water and the original Karlovy Vary wafers. Also popular with visitors are souvenirs made from geyser stone.

Natural curative resources, indications

Twelve hot and one cold curative spring, natural gas, peat and boggy soil are the natural resources applied in this town to treat a host of diseases, includingdigestive, locomotive and metabolic (diabetes mellitus, gout and obesity) disorders using state-of-the-art therapeutical methods.

Active recreation

A golf course with eighteen holes, set in natural surroundings (the oldest golf club in the country), a golf hall equipped with a golf simulator; tennis courts, indoor swimming pools, open-air swimming pools; billiards, skittles and horse riding clubs; a modern shooting range, skateboarding, karate, football tennis, squash. Observation flights above the town, regular colonnade concerts and concerts in churches, auctions of artefacts, a Japanese stone garden. Thematic museums (nature, the spa industry, porcelain and glass, the Jan Becher Museum); cinemas, the Town Theatre, small theatres, art galleries and exhibition halls, dance cafés and halls, casinos, night clubs, gamble rooms.