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Top Highlights of the Region

 

Category: The Region of Karlovy Vary as a Tourist Destination

 

Explore the TOP attractions of the Region of Karlovy Vary. Do not miss out on visiting the most beautiful historic sites, most popular activities and cultural events...

 

Hot Spring

The Hot Spring is the warmest and the most yielding of the mineral springs in Karlovy Vary. With a temperature of 72°C, it yields approximately 2,000 litres of thermal mineral water and 5,000 litres of carbon dioxide per minute. Today, the Hot Spring is the only thermal spring used for baths and drinking cures as a part of the spa treatment. The geyser may be found at the Hot Spring Colonnade in the heart of the spa zone of Karlovy Vary where it spouts up to an amazing 12 metres. The Hot Spring Colonnade is open daily. Hot Spring Underground Excursion Route You may experience an interesting excursion in the Hot Spring Colonnade underground.

Hot Spring
 

Bečov Chateau and the Reliquary of St. Maurus 

Bečov Chateau is one of the most visited historical sites in the Region of Karlovy Vary. Apart from beautiful interiors, the complex consisting of a castle dating to the 13th century and a chateau built in the 18th century also houses the unique Reliquary of Saint Maurus, which is regarded as a historical artefact of European significance and one of the most eminent masterpieces of jewel-making. It is the second most valued historical relic of its kind in the Czech Republic after the crown jewels.

relikviář sv. Maura
 

Loket Castle

Loket Castle has stood on the bank of the Ohře River near Karlovy Vary since the beginning of the 13th century. The Gothic castle of Loket used to be a significant strategic place where the Czech King Wenceslas I used to welcome state visits. The Roman Emperor and Czech King Charles IV was imprisoned here during his early childhood as well and he enjoyed returning here often in his adult age. Other members of the Luxembourg family used to stay here too.

Loket Castle offers a number of interesting items. The most popular parts of the exhibition are the castle prison with an authentic exhibition of torture instruments, a museum of weapons, and a porcelain exhibition. There are also several legends relating to the castle, e.g. the legend about Gottstain - the ruler of the Loket rocks, stones and underground, the burgrave-under-a-spell, or the dragon in the castle tower.

Hrad Loket
 

Soos National Nature Reserve

Unique and one of a kind in Central Europe, the Soos National Nature Reserve is located to the north of Františkovy Lázně. The location was originally a salt-water lake, which has gradually transformed into peat bogs and mineral salt marshes over time. You may find traces of volcanic activity, namely moffettes – mud volcanoes emitting pure carbon dioxide, as well as numerous mineral springs. The remarkable biotopes are the home of a vast number of protected animal species, wetland plants, or halophytes.

A 1.2 km long planked nature trail with a number of instructional stops leads through the nature reserve. Visitors may also find a geopark, a museum with natural history and paleontological exhibits, a display of life-size prehistoric reptiles, the "Avian World of the Cheb Region" exposition, and a fallow-deer preserve.

Soos National Nature Reserve
 

Winter and Summer Sports in the Ore Mountains

The Ore Mountains spread along the Czech and German border over a distance of approximately 130 kilometres. The highest peak on the Czech side is Klínovec rising to 1244m above sea level. The slopes of Krušné hory (Ore Mountains) offer ideal conditions for winter, summer, as well as year-round sports activities. The mountains are intertwined with a network of paths that are maintained for cross-country skier in winter and for hikers and cycling enthusiasts from spring till autumn. The backbone route linking the mountains on the Czech and German side is the Ore Mountain Main Cross-Country Skiing Route, to which other local routes and paths are connected.

Winter and Summer Sports in the Ore Mountains

 

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

Undoubtedly, the paramount event in Karlovy Vary and the whole region is the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, which has become an annual highlight since 1946. Over the last 20 years, the festival has established itself as a prestigious international film event attracting filmmakers, journalists, prominents, celebrities, and mainly film fans and enthusiasts from Europe and around the world. More than 200 films are screened in film theatres across the city in world or at least European premieres.

The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival regularly hosts world-famous celebrities. Among recent guests, we should mention, for example, Judi Dench, Jude Law, Antonio Banderas, Susan Sarandon, Robert De Niro, Danny Devito, Andy Garcia and many more.

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

 

Singing Fountain in Mariánské Lázně

 The Singing Fountain is the most popular tourist attraction in Mariánské Lázně. The circular stone fountain, decorated with a 12-piece stone sculpture representing a flower and equipped with more than 250 jets, may be found at the colonnade in the centre of the spa zone. It is definitely worth seeing as it offers a remarkable spectacle of water jets sophisticatedly choreographed to popular compositions of both classical and modern music.

Singing Fountain in Mariánské Lázně

 

Cheb Urban Monument Reserve and Castle

Cheb (German: Eger) is a remarkable historical town near the German border. Its strategic position predestined the town to become a key defence point on the borders of Bohemia and contributed to the foundation of the castle and other notable architectural landmarks in the 12th century. For several hundred years from its foundation in the 12th century, the castle served as a crucial defence point, as well as a representative residence for the emperor's audiences. The torso of the once ostentatious palace, the robust defensive Black Tower, and the unique two-storey Romanesque and Gothic Chapel of St. Martin, St. Erhard and Ursula have been preserved to this day.

The castle grounds adjoin the historical centre of the town of Cheb, which has been declared an urban monument reserve. The highest concentration of historically significant monuments and sites may be found in the vicinity of Krále Jiřího z Poděbrad (King George of Poděbrady) Square.

Cheb Urban Monument Reserve and Castle

 

Premonstratensian Monastery in Teplá

The vast complex of the Premonstratensian Monastery is situated outside the town of Teplá not far from Mariánské Lázně. The monasterial complex, which was founded by Blessed Hroznata in 1193, belongs among the most significant in the Czech Republic. It comprises of the Baroque convent, the abbey church with a Romanesque chapel and a Gothic presbytery, the abbey library, which is the second largest in the Czech Republic with more than 100,000 volumes of books and manuscripts, the abbey park, the abbey cemetery, and the museum. The most noteworthy structure is the Church of the Annunciation of the Lord built between the years 1193 and 1232. Numerous outbuildings, such as the abbey brewery, hayloft or the granary, are also a part of the monasterial grounds.

Premonstratensian Monastery in Teplá

 

Pilgrimage Church in Chlum Svaté Maří

The village of Chlum Svaté Maří (St. Mary's Wooded Hillock) is a much sought-after pilgrimage site, entwined with interesting legends. According to one of them, a butcher's apprentice found a statuette of the Virgin Mary with the Infant Jesus in the middle of a hazel shrub a long time ago. He took it home with him but there was no sign of it the next day. The statuette was once again in the hazel shrub where he had found it the day before. Convinced that it was a sign from God, the apprentice built a wooden shelter over the statuette to protect it. Another legend says that in the late 13th century, the Virgin Mary appeared on that site before a youth who had lost his way. She showed him the way home after he had promised to repent his sins. The youth built a wooden chapel around the statuette, to which many pilgrims soon started coming from all over the country.

By the end of the 14th century, the wooden chapel was replaced by a small stone church that was gradually rebuilt and enlarged. The present-day Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and Mary Magdalene was built and consecrated in 1702 and it has remained a popular pilgrimage site ever since.

Pilgrimage Church in Chlum Svaté Maří

 

Land of Golf – 10 Golf Courses in the Region of Karlovy Vary

Scotland has always been considered the cradle of golf and the cradle of Czech golf are undoubtedly the west Bohemian spas. The first golf course was built on the edge of Karlovy Vary as early as in 1904 and another one was soon opened in Mariánské Lázně.

At present, there are 10 golf courses in the Karlovy Vary Region, 7 of which are 18-hole courses. The golf courses in the Region of Karlovy Vary belong among prestigious European courses and they often are the venue of amateur, as well as professional tournaments. Several indoor golf centres may be also found in the region.

Land of Golf – 10 Golf Courses in the Region of Karlovy Vary

 
 
 
 

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