Karlovy Vary

Karlovy Vary

Things to do - general

Karlovy Vary – the most famous and largest spa resort in the Czech Republic.

It is situated at 360–390 metres above sea level. The city was founded in 1358 by the Czech king and the Roman emperor Charles IV. Lively streets and colonnades are surrounded by peaceful woody hills that are furnished with a net of cycling and hiking trails. These offer a perfect opportunity for walking in any season. Visitors can then enjoy a breathtaking view of the city, which lies in a valley. A rich social programme, various festivals and international conferences turn this vast Czech spa into one of the most popular places for rest, even for the most exacting clients. Other sources of Karlovy Vary´s popularity consists mainly in the glorious herbal liquor – Becherovka, which is often called the 13th spring, then Mattoni mineral water, original wafers and Moser glassworks. The international airport situated nearby Karlovy Vary facilitates and fastens travelling to this famous spa resort.

Country Karlovy Vary - Czech Republic
Area 59,1 km²
Languages spoken English, Russian, German,
Currency all
Visa requirements A visa for a stay of up to 90 and over 90 days - contact us

Sports and nature

Sports and nature History of the Czech golf started in Karlsbad (Karlovy Vary). The first golf course in the Czech lands opened here in the year 1904. The fact that golf is a very popular sport in Karlovy Vary even today can be attested by the fact that players can now choose from up to three different golf courses. The fact that tennis is popular among the Karlovy Vary residents and tourists can be attested by the fact that the Hotel Gejzír, which has six tennis courts and a modern facilities was built already in the year 1905. These sports grounds were gradually expanded. When you go to the “Geyser” today, you can use two indoor and 14 outdoor tennis courts. But there are also other tennis courts to be found in Karlovy Vary. Opportunities for swimming and lounging can be found at a number of Karlovy Vary swimming pools. Karlovy Vary has indoor and outdoor swimming pools, as well as man-made and natural swimming lidos. You can also visit other pools which are near Karlovy Vary - in Ostrov or in Sokolov. Karlovy Vary is the home to the extra-league hockey team. The main ice rink at the KV Arena regularly hosts the extra-league matches. The other, training ice rink in the KV Arena is regularly open to the public for ice skating. Horse racing in Karlsbad (Karlovy Vary) has its tradition since the end of the 19th century. The race track in Karlovy Vary – Dvory was and still is a popular meeting place for the local residents and the spa guests whenever there are some horse races going on. The Karlovy Vary racetrack is the place for the annual meetings of the European nobility. Karlovy Vary and its immediate vicinity is the home to several equestrian clubs, which offer horseback riding, horse stabling and other services. Because of its more than 130 km of well-marked walkways, trails and paths, the Karlovy Vary spa forests are ideal for hiking and mountain biking. The terrain there is challenging in different ways and thus it is suitable for both the able-bodied young men and untrained seniors. While wondering through the Karlovy Vary woods, your bonus will be in coming across various interesting structures, such as gazebos, rest areas, chapels and other such places. If the spa forests are too “small” for you, you should try the areas surrounding Karlovy Vary. The entire Karlovy Vary region and the Krušné (Ore) Mountains are laced with bike trails and marked hiking trails. One of the places to start could be in the Boží Dar, where you can connect to several hiking trails and pass through several interesting educational nature trails.


Nightlife Comprehensive Karlovy Vary spa care with contributions or the care paid by the patient... Karlovy Vary is the largest spa in the Czech Republic. It is mainly used for the treatment of digestive and locomotor system diseases and metabolic disorders. The town offers many spa hotels and other spa facilities, which will provide you with traditional spa treatments, a wide variety of wellness programs and individual procedures. Indications for the spa therapy gastrointestinal diseases metabolic disorders diabetes gout obesity periodontitis locomotor system diseases liver, pancreas, gallbladder and biliary tract diseases conditions after oncological diseases neurological disorders. About the Karlovy Vary spa treatments The Karlovy Vary spa treatments consist of procedures which are mainly using mineral water for the treatments. In order to make any sense, the therapy must last at least three weeks. Upon arrival at the spa the doctor performs the initial examination and prescribes appropriate treatments. The daily schedule of various massages, baths and drinking cures must be strictly observed. The effects will come soon. Patients come to Karlovy Vary for: the spa care funded from the patient’s own resources outpatient spa treatments a comprehensive spa care the spa care funded with contributions The spa care funded from the patient's own resources The Karlovy Vary spa hotels and other spa facilities can provide you with treatments that are funded from your own resources. This form of spa treatment is available not only to the Czech patients, but also to foreigners from around the world. The patient himself makes a reservation in advance at the selected spa facilities and pays for the spa treatments, as well as for accommodation and meals from the patient's own resources. Outpatient care In this form of therapy, the patient, insured by the Czech contractual health insurance company comes to the procedures prescribed by the patient's doctor. The doctor may recommend outpatient treatments after accidents, surgeries and chronic diseases. The prescribed outpatient treatments are usually fully covered by the health insurance. The number of prescribed procedures usually moves around 10 and the patient goes for the treatments from his residence. . Comprehensive spa treatments The patients who are insured by the Czech contractual health insurance company get a recommendation for the treatments by their doctor, usually a specialist. He sends a medical report along with suggestions for a comprehensive treatment to the relevant insurance company. The insurance company (or the examining doctor) sends the approved recommendation to one of the spa hotels in Karlovy Vary. If the specific facility has a bed available, it notifies the patient no later than 5 days before the intended date of arrival to the spa facility. The patient receives additional information regarding the treatment at the same time. If the bed for the patient is not available, then the recommendation is forwarded to two alternative hotels. Arrival to the spa facility must occur within one to three months after the recommendation was submitted - it depends on the degree of urgency. The insurance company pays for the cost of treatments, accommodation and meals at the standard level. Contributory spa treatments Contributory treatments are recommended by the attending doctor who sends a medical report with a recommendation for the spa treatments to the insurance company. If the recommendation is approved by the examining doctor, then the insurance company sends it back directly to the patient who is insured by the Czech contractual health insurance company. The patient chooses the spa facility himself and at the same time arranges the time and date when the treatment starts and other details. Arrival at the spa facility must occur within six months after the recommendation was issued. The insurance company pays the patient only for the standard spa treatment, which lasts for 21 or 28 days. Accommodation and meals are selected and paid for by the patient.

Culture and history

Culture & history Approximately around 1350 organized by Emperor Charles IV . During his stay in Loket Loket expedition into the forest where he had left the place of the alleged source found a spa called Spa Hot in Loket , which was later renamed to Karlovy Vary . Subsequently, on 14 August 1370 Karel IV . by spa city rights the same as in Loket. In 1522 appeared the first professional book about Karlovy Vary and their therapeutic properties from the doctor Václav Payer , which is published in Leipzig. About 60 years later, the city extends a big flood in 1604 a disastrous fire which completely ponies city ( similar event happen even in 1759 ) . 1775 Johann Georg Pupp laid the foundation for the development of Grandhotel Pupp. In 1807 begins in production of liquor Becherovka , which in the coming years will become known not only in the Czech Republic but also in the world . In 1844, in beginning to develop other industries , this one focused on exports of hot-spring water. Development of the city needs to increase accessibility to the rail and so in 1870 the town was connected to the European rail network. In the late 19th century changes Karlovy Vary also architecturally . Increasingly the historicist style buildings ( neoclassicism , neo-baroque , neo-Renaissance ) . The biggest influence on the overall look of the spa town at this period primarily construction projects firm Fellner and Helmer , according to the designs created in about 20 buildings - among other Grandhotel Pupp , theater, Imperial Baths , the Park Spring Colonnade and the Hot Spring Colonnade ( now non-existent ) . During the First Republic in 1929 opened the airport Karlovy Vary, which allows for convenient travel for wealthy tourists. After the Second World War, the Karlovy Vary as elsewhere in the Czech Republic to the displacement of the German population to Germany. In 1946 he created the International Film Festival Karlovy Vary , the town famous in the world and annually attracts a number of film enthusiasts and well-known celebrities from around the world . After the Communists took power there in 1948 to nationalization spa treatment , which is again returned to private ownership after the Velvet Revolution in 1989. The current city does not lie exactly on the spot where it was founded , but due to river erosion backing plate is gradually shifted upstream , depending on how they discovered the springs

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