Karlovy Vary is a spa city situated in western Bohemia, Czech Republic, on the confluence of the rivers Ohre and Tepls. It is named after King of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV, who founded the city in 1370. It is historically famous for its hot springs. The town's visitors over the years have included Casanova, Ludwig van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Kafka, Alphonse Mucha and many representatives of the world film industry who come to Karlovy Vary as guests of the International Film Festival held every year in July.
The most beautiful spa town in the heart of Europe, colonnades with mineral springs, remarkable monuments, green parks and a special atmosphere … All that and much more makes Karlovy Vary one of the most beautiful spa towns you can visit.
Karlovy Vary lies in a green valley of the river Teplá (meaning "Warm") and its setting alone gives it an atmosphere of beauty and peace. The town has been recapturing its former glory with its Baroque and Art Nouveau buildings being restored and people rediscovering all the town has to offer.
Whether you go to Karlovy Vary to relax your mind, find a cure or admire the architecture, you will not regret visiting this elegant city.
Balneology has been accompanying this city from its founding into the present. For 650 years, the local thermal springs have served to cure various diseases. However, in the world, Karlovy Vary is, nowadays, being associated not only with its unique spa therapy, but also with the International Film Festival and a few traditional Karlovy Vary products.
Since the end of the 20th century, the Karlovy Vary Spa (Carlsbad) has again come to mean something, even outside the Czech Republic. During the spa season, you would more likely hear foreign languages in the streets than Czech, especially during the festival.