Czech Spas – Karlovy Vary

Czech Spas – Karlovy Vary

Karlovy Vary, also known by its German name, Carlsbad, is an elegant spa town whose glory days were the last third of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th. Most of its rococo Art Nouveau architecture dates from this period. The pastel mansions standing shoulder-to-shoulder along the streets of the spa town are ornamented with statuary, iron filigree and fabulous detail. (The opulent Grand Hotel Pupp in the center of the old town was used as a setting for the James Bond movie, Casino Royale). Fifteen thermal springs are housed in or near five grand colonnades along the river, and a tour of the city includes a walk through the colonnades and a sampling of the curative waters from some of the mineral springs.

PUBLISHED: July 24, 2013