Karlovy Vary spa town

A visit to the spa town in Western Bohemia - Karlovy Vary – belongs, undoubtedly, to those visits we do not forget. The city was already established in the 2nd half of the fourteenth century (the year 1358 is indicated). It owes its world fame to mineral and healing springs, sprouting from the earth, from a depth of approximately 2 000 meters. There are more than 70 different sources, 12 sources being used only for the treatment of various diseases, such as gastric disorders, metabolic disorders, musculoskeletal diseases and other health problems. During our tour, we will see several colonnades, the best known is called the Mill Colonnade. The city has also many churches, we can mention, for example, the Church of St. Mary Magdalene (Catholic), Church of St. Peter and St. Paul (Russian Orthodox). The city is also home to the Moser crystal brand factory, that has existed here since the mid nineteenth century (since 1857). The factory can be visited, and visitors can watch the manual production of unleaded crystal that is emerging in front of them. We should also mention the so-called 13th source of Karlovy Vary, the "healing" source – a famous liqueur Becherovka, which has even its own museum, that can be visited. During the visit, the technology of the production of this drink is explained, and, at the end of the tour, visitors can taste three different types of this liqueur which is said to be good for health. The town of Karlovy Vary is visited, every year, by 2 million tourists from the whole world, and 50 000 patients are treated in its bathhouses.

The city lies, approximately, 130 km from Prague.