Karlovy Vary is a spa region in the west Bohemia region of the Czech Republic. Close to the east of Germany, Karlovy Vary is famous for its mineral water and spa hotels. It has also been featured in a couple of films including James Bond Casino Royale and Last Holiday. A lot of famous people have visited the region, which you will be made aware of when you visit. They like to display photos of their celebrity visitors in the front of restaurants. There’s even a leaflet all about them which you can pick up from the Karlovy Vary tourist information office.

Before being invited on a press trip to the region with Boho Travels, I had never actually heard of it. After spending a couple of days exploring the town, I can now share with you five reasons why you should visit Karlovy Vary.

Mineral water

There are 16 springs around the town from which you can collect and drink the water. The souvenir shops all sell the special drinking cups and you’ll see people walking around with them. Legend has it that if you drink the mineral water here every day, you will live to be 150!

Each of the springs have different healing properties which all depends on the differences in temperature and gas levels. So, if you have some sort of ailment, it may be worth it for you to visit Karlovy Vary!

It’s best to read up on the benefits of each spring though as one in particular (Freedom spring) is especially good for constipation and you’re only meant to take short sips every ten minutes. You don’t want to drink too much of that one without realising!

Spa wafers

We were shown these wafers (or ‘Oplatky’ as they are called in Czech) when we were having a guided tour of the town. Made from Karlovy Vary’s mineral water, they are a popular snack to take back to your family. They come in many different sizes and flavours. You can also order a hot one for 10 czk which is a great snack when it’s below freezing outside. My favourites were chocolate, tiramisu and hazelnut.

I bought six small boxes of the locally made wafers to take back home. There was also a generic brand available at Prague airport, so you can still try these even if you don’t get to go to Karlovy Vary.

Spa hotels

If you are looking for a relaxing break away and a number of spa treatments, then you definitely need to visit Karlovy Vary. We stayed in the Hotel Prezident which offers such a large variety of treatments. I had a mud bath, the oxygen therapy and a paraffin hand wrap during my two night stay.

There are so many different spa hotels to choose from. I definitely recommend the Hotel Prezident, however a lot of celebrities (including Daniel Craig and Sigmund Freud) have stayed in the Grand Hotel Pupp before. The good news is that not all of the hotels in this small town will cost a fortune, you can still travel to Karlovy Vary on a tighter budget.

Architecture

If you have seen any of my previous travel posts, then you will know that I love a pretty building. The architecture in Karlovy Vary is stunning. It is what you would expect from an Eastern European country, but so much more colourful. When I googled the town, I saw so many colourful buildings and I couldn’t wait to get there. Along the main strip, there are hotels of all different colours. I was so pleased to find that the Hotel Prezident was yellow. The museum is also a fantastic shade of pink.

Scenery

If you’re going on a spa break, you want the area itself to be beautiful. You’re obviously not going to be cooped up in the hotel 24/7 so it helps if there’s nice places for you to walk to. Luckily, when you visit Karlovy Vary you have plenty of options. The funicular will take you up to the Diana Observation Tower which will give you the most amazing view of the town and the surrounding forest. If you walk up to the top of the hills in the town, you can take some fabulous photos. I didn’t get chance to go up to the tower this time around, but I definitely will go up next time I visit.

Are you planning to visit Karlovy Vary? Have you ever been on a spa break?

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17 Comments

  1. bryanna skye
    December 3, 2018 / 8:59 pm

    I had no idea about all the springs! that is so interesting and I wonder why they all offer something specific — so cool!

  2. December 3, 2018 / 11:30 pm

    Oh wow, so many springs! I’ve only visited Prague but it looks quite similar. I’ve never been on a spa break but did visit spas regularly when I lived in Japan. It was bliss 🙂

  3. Melanie
    December 4, 2018 / 12:40 am

    Czech Republic has never been on my travel list, but it looks fab and also has Springs!! Xx

  4. December 4, 2018 / 7:32 am

    I’ve never heard of this area either, I think outside of Prague I don’t know much more about Czech Republic but it looks so pretty x

  5. December 4, 2018 / 9:57 am

    I have always wanted to go on a spa break, and this looks amazing! Thanks for sharing.

  6. December 4, 2018 / 11:32 am

    Wow! I dont even need five reasons, I just have to look at your photos and I want to go there right now! How beautiful!

  7. Lizi Legge
    December 4, 2018 / 2:28 pm

    I desperately want to go to the Czech Republic, it looks so pretty. I want to go in winter when it’s Christmassy, maybe I should book a 2019 trip xx

  8. December 4, 2018 / 9:04 pm

    This looks like such a beautiful and interesting place to visit

  9. December 5, 2018 / 4:26 pm

    I’ve never been to but I’ve heard it’s beautiful and the food is amazing!

  10. Lynne Harper
    December 5, 2018 / 5:08 pm

    What a beautiful town, I love visiting European towns, so much colour and the buildings are on the whole stunning. Sounds like a fantastic town to visit

  11. December 5, 2018 / 8:59 pm

    Wow, it looks amazing! I love travelling to new places and looking at the buildings. I find it so fascinating!

  12. December 5, 2018 / 9:51 pm

    What a pretty looking place. I love how colourful it is and would really like to visit.

  13. Leigh Colpitts
    December 6, 2018 / 1:14 am

    Wow, looks like a beautiful town. Who knew spring water could cure so many ailments!

  14. Kristina
    December 6, 2018 / 8:58 am

    Oh my goodness this place is just stunning?! I love the architecture!

  15. December 6, 2018 / 12:39 pm

    The architecture looks absolutely beautiful. I love places that are a bit more quirky like this with lots of different things to see. xxx

  16. December 6, 2018 / 2:05 pm

    I adore the architecture it is so quirky and charming. I agree if your going for a spa break you do want the surrounding area to be lovely as well.

  17. Rachael
    December 8, 2018 / 6:27 pm

    Aw gosh, this look a like breathtaking architecture! I love the sound of this, the spas, the buildings, the yummy treats. Sounds like the perfect place to visit!

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