Karlovy Vary

Karlovy Vary is 90km away from Duchcov and a journey there takes about 1 hour 45 minutes. It is one of the most impressive and most visited places in the Czech Republic and as a spa resort it is known throughout the world. The city was founded in 1349, during the reign of Carl IV. Legend has it it was Carl IV himself who first discovered the Karlovy Vary streams, when he was hunting deer. There are some 60 streams there, 12 of which are used for spa purposes. Major development started in the 18th century, when the first inns expanded together with the promenade and the small city around the Hot Spring grew into a world renowned spa resort. Near the city, the harvesting of china-clay began and at the beginning of the 19th century the first china factories were founded. In 1857 Leo Moser, a glass engraver, founded a glass factory. The high quality china, which became world famous, has its origins in Karlovy Vary .

The herbal liqueur “Becherovka” (which is known as the 13th spring of Karlovy Vary …) originates from this region.Its production started in 1807. In the course of history Karlovy Vary was visited by the members of imperial family, by Prussian, Swedish and Polish kings, by the Russian Czar and also by the Shah. Many other famous visitors, including Ludwig van Beethoven, Antonín Dvořák, J.W.Goethe, Adama Mickiewicz, F. Schiller, or Bedřich Smetana, have monuments and memorial plaques dedicated to them in Karlovy Vary . Apart from spa services, Karlovy Vary also offers a wealth of cultural attractions including the symphony orchestra of Karlovy Vary , Vítěslav Nezval’s theater, museums and galleries. The International Film Festival and Festival of tourist films as well as “Tourfilm” and the Dvořák’s Autumn Music Festival, Dvořák’s singing competitions and many others.