Karlovy Vary, also known as Carlsbad, in the Czech Republic is one of the oldest and most famous health resorts in Europe. Starting from the 19th century, tourists from all over the world come to this city to improve their health in the local thermal waters, analogues of which are not found anywhere in the world. But even if you do not plan to take a course of wellness treatments, you should still go to Carlsbad. The local architecture and atmosphere works like a time machine that takes you to the 19th century. You won’t even notice how your gait will change, your posture will be straightened, and the ladies will want to wear the most beautiful evening dress and go to the opera.

How to get to Karlovy Vary?

The easiest and fastest way to get to Karlovy Vary is by plane. The city has its own airport (Karlovy Vary International Airport), which serves international and domestic flights. In case you cannot find a direct flight from your city, look for flights with transfers in the cities of Germany, Austria or in Prague.

You can get from the airport to the city by taxi or bus (No. 8). Travel time will take about 20 minutes.

Tourists from Europe can reach Karlovy Vary by train or bus with a transfer in the Czech capital. This option is suitable for those tourists who are unlimited in time and loves to spend time on the road.

Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic Travel Guide

Things to do in Karlovy Vary

Karlovy Vary is a beautiful and diverse city, once in which you will feel like a time traveler. But perhaps the main reason why tourists come here is wellness treatments using local mineral springs. The main natural healing factor is mineral waters, which contain many different nutrients. Mineral waters of Karlovy Vary are used mainly for drinking treatment, as well as the basis of various wellness procedures: baths, bowel lavage, irrigation, rinsing and more. Each procedure and treatment has its own contraindications, so be sure to consult your doctor before use.

What else to do in Karlovy Vary? Here is a short list for you:

  • Take a ride on the funiculars. There are two of them in the city: Diana and Imperial. The first one is also a city attraction. It was built at the beginning of the 19th century and since then, it takes everyone to the observation tower, which offers stunning views.
  • Visit the restaurant in the Old Castle, which was built for Emperor Karl. The restaurant is located in one of the castle towers and is stylized accordingly.
  • Take a walk around the Old Town, Carlsbad. It is here that the main part of historical buildings: palaces, bridges, churches, towers and colonnades is located. There are also numerous museums, galleries and even casinos.

Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic Travel Guide

Hotels in Karlovy Vary

Choosing a hotel in Karlovy Vary, be guided by your own goals and plans for your vacation. If you want to undergo wellness procedures, then choose spa hotels or spa houses (sanatoriums). If treatment is not included in your plans, then hotels that offer only accommodation are quite suitable for you.