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Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad)

Karlovy Vary (also known as Carlsbad) is a charming spa town about a 2 hours west of Prague, all higgledy-piggledy Art Nouveau buildings and wealthy Russian tourists. Legend has it that Charles IV discovered the spring while out hunting with his dogs and founded the town - hence the name. 

It enjoyed a vogue in the 19th century, when all manner of fashionable folk (including Beethoven and Chopin) rolled up to take the medicinal waters. You can still take a number of treatments here, including drinking the whiffy waters of the springs, but most Western visitors prefer to try out Becherovka, the town's signature herbal liqueur.  

Practical Info

You can reach Karlovy Vary by train from Prague, but a bus will take about half the time. Get one from Prague's Florenc station. 

Tours & Tickets

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Karlovy Vary Day Trip from Prague

4 star rating: Recommended 51 Reviews

Take a day trip through the picturesque West Bohemian countryside to the world-famous spa town of Karlovy Vary. Better known by its German name, Karlsbad (or ...  Read more

Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $78.46

Czech Spas of Karlovy Vary and Marianske Lazne from Prague

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 23 Reviews

This full day guided coach tour from Prague combines a visit to the world-renowned Czech spas, Karlovy Vary and Marianske Lazne. Discover the rich history of ...  Read more

Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $120.44

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