Our last stop was at the Jáchymov Spa and today we head to the third spa of the West Bohemian Triangle and these are the world-famous KARLOVY VARY.
They are the most visited Czech spa town. It lies at the confluence of the HEAT and HOT WATER, at an altitude of 447 m. 110 km west of Prague.
The town is located near the wooded protected area of SLAVKOVSKÝ LES.
Around the year 1370 Charles IV gave it. Karlovy Vary called so-called Loket town law with the privileges of the royal town according to nearby Lokte. In 1707 Charles IV. Confirmed the privileges to the city, and named KARLOVY VARY as a free royal city.
The landscape is rich with natural mineral resources, mineral springs or kaolin deposits, which are used for the production of world-famous Karlovy Vary porcelain.
In 1769, he began to produce hot salt by evaporation from the spring water, according to physician David BECHER.
The pharmacist Josef Vitus BECHER started in 1807 the production of the famous BECHEROVKA gastric liquor according to the prescription of the doctor Christiano Frobig. This liqueur knows about everyone. It tastes great and treats stomach problems.
Karlovy Vary’s hot water is hot 73 st.C. It is said that without water there is no life. Healing water is a great gift of nature, so we should care for it with great love.
The healing water is generated at a depth of 2000 m and treats diseases, intestinal, liver, stomach and liver. Sources are 28 and 13 of them are captured and used for drinking corns. The town has 5 colonnades.
Dr. David BECHER contributed to the renown of the spa and, thanks to his influence, he contributed to the modernization of balneology.
KARLOVY VARY has a plethora of spa houses, hotels, guesthouses that are high on accommodation and balneotherapy.
From 2017, KARLOVA UNIVERSITA starts a bachelor’s study of physiotherapy.
From the architectonic point of view, the historicist style began in the 19th century. Neoclassicism, Neo-Baroque, Neo-Renaissance
Fellner and Helmer, the Viennese firms, whose designs include eg HOTEL PUPP, CÍSAŘSKÉ LÁZNĚ, KOLONÁDA SADOVÉ PRAMENE, also had a major influence on the construction of the city.
Church of St. Mary Magdalene from 1732-1736, dilo K.I.Dientzenhofera.
The Orthodox Church of Sts. Peter and Paul from 1893-1897 by architect Wiedrmann.
So we could still name more churches, chapels and cemeteries.
On sightseeing tours there are lookout towers and prospects, which open to us a beautiful view of the whole city and surroundings.
In 1929 Karlovy Vary Airport was opened. Rail and especially bus services are very good. Every day several lines connect Karlovy Vary with Prague and from there it is possible to go further in all directions, by train, by bus or by air throughout the world.
Due to the kaolin deposits, the hotel’s china BENEDIKT and the Starolac porcelain Zdekauer are produced for many years in KV.
Also, glassmaking is at a high level – GLASS MOSER.
The cultural enjoyment of the spa guests is greatly taken care of. There is the Vítezslav Nezvala Theater, which was opened in 1886. The project was developed by the well-known atelier of Ferdinand Fellner and Hermann Helmer.
The number of cinemas welcomes their audience annually at the INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. Several films were filmed in the city.
Every year, the city organizes the International Singing Competition, whose jury will be held by leading world singers, Peter Dvorský, Gabriela Benačková, Ileana Cotrubas, Ioan Holender, Eva Rand, etc. and they also host master singing courses.
Antonin Dvorak International Singing Competition, Karlovy Vary
20.6.1894 the New World Symphony opium was performed in Karlovy Vary for the first time on the European continent. 95 Antonin Dvorak.
The Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1835 and is the oldest orchestra in the Czech Republic. The most prominent personalities of conductors, violinists, singers, etc. are brought to the music lovers, as well as promenade concerts, which include, of course, concerts and other extraordinary concerts, such as BEETHOVEN’S DAY and Dvořák’s Carlsbad Autumn Festival. He also co-operates with A. Dvořák’s singing contest.
Karlovy Vary City Gallery
The gallery is also exhibited by artists from Karlovy Vary and its surroundings, such as Jan SAMEC 1917-1988, who celebrates its 100th birthday this year.
Karlovy Vary offers so many cultural, sporting, entertainment and other activities that it is necessary to focus on what one of us likes and prefers.
Many people are happy to return to the KV for many years, as the beauty of the city, the healing and the beauty of nature can not be covered in one stay.
It is definitely worth a visit to the spa either for healing or just for relaxation and relaxation.
We would close the West Bohemian Region, which is so rich in mineral springs, and now North Bohemia is waiting for us with the Teplice Spa in Bohemia, Libverda and Janske Lazne.
Then there are still Central and Southern Bohemia, also in the Czech spa, represented by several well-known towns such as Janske Lazne, Belohrad, Podebrady, Velichovky, Bohdanec, Trebon, Vraz and Bechyne.
Also, Moravia has several important spa centers, but only later.