Prague is on the top of many peoples list of places to visit, it is considered one of the most beautiful cities’ in the world, a fact backed up by the mass of tourists that flock to the city each year.
While Prague is undeniably lovely, it is a stepping stone to a land of fairytale castles, picturesque towns and spectacular scenery.
Visiting the spa towns of the Czech Republic is like taking a trip back in time to the charm of a bygone era. Luxurious spa hotels offer a range of spa treatments that will leave you pampered and rejuvenated, the perfect excuse to extend your stay in the Czech Republic.
- Spa Towns of the Karlovy Vary Region
- Day Tours to Karlovy Vary
- Karlovy Vary
- Karlovy Vary Spa Hotels and Treatments
- Eating Out in Karlovy Vary
- Getting from Prague to Karlovy Vary by Bus
- Last Words on Karlovy Vary
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Spa Towns of the Karlovy Vary Region
The Karlovy Vary region of the Czech Republic is world renowned for its therapeutic mineral springs. These springs gave rise to the Western Bohemian “Spa Triangle” towns of Karlovy Vary, Marianske Lazne and Frantiskovy Lazne.
During the Golden Era of Spas in the late 19th and early 20th Century, these towns were frequented by the rich, famous and became the playground of Kings. The architecture of this era still survives and exudes a magical mix of style and elegance.
The best place to begin your journey to the spa towns of the Czech Republic is Karlovy Vary, the capital of the Karlovy Vary Region.
Day Tours to Karlovy Vary
To get the most out of your visit to the beautiful spa towns of the Czech Republic, I would suggest hiring a car, it’s the best way to see this glorious countryside.
If hiring a car is not your style, there are a range of day tours to the Czech spa town of Karlovy Vary that shouldn’t be missed.
What to do in Karlovy Vary
There is so much to do in Karlovy Vary, just walking the streets will take your breath away as you admire the dazzling architecture of the colonnaded buildings that house the 16 thermal mineral springs of Karlovy Vary.
While there, take time to taste the healing waters of the mineral springs, each have different properties that benefit a wide range of conditions.
After tasting the water, follow tradition by trying a delightfully sweet spa wafer or maybe pick up a souvenir sipping cup to remind you of your visit.
Stop off at one of the many restaurants to discover delicious Czech cuisine or try Becherovka a famous Czech herbal liqueur which is exported across the world.
What to see in Karlovy Vary
Top of the list is the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, which is held in Karlovy Vary each July, it’s the place to spot your favourite movie star or attend the premieres of over 200 of the latest films.
Karlovy Vary attractions include a visit the Jan Becher Museum to learn about the history of Becherovka or discover the delicate beauty of Moser glass at the Moser Glass Museum.
For the golf enthusiast a round of golf at Karlovy Vary Golf Resort is a must.
Karlovy Vary Spa Hotels and Treatments
One of the top things to do in Karlovy Vary, is to choose from the selection of Karlovy Vary Spa treatment and wellness packages available at some of the best Karlovy Vary Hotels.
We had the pleasure of staying at two of these hotels, the Hotel Imperial and Grandhotel Pupp.
HOTEL IMPERIAL Spa and Health Club – Karlovy Vary
The Hotel Imperial stands majestically above Karlovy Vary and takes in spectacular views of dense green forest and the town below.
Walking into the foyer you are transported back to a grander time, the décor and style of 1912 surrounds you, and its not hard to imagine the Presidents, Princes and Grand Dukes walking the halls as they did in the past.
Strolling around the grounds, the trickle of the fountain adds an air of serenity to a garden filled with colour.
Staying at HOTEL IMPERIAL Spa and Health Club
My twin room was richly decorated in reds and golds, the bathroom was the largest I had ever seen in a hotel room and my balcony had sweeping views of the mountains and Karlovy Vary.
We had a buffet style dinner and breakfast in the Restaurant Prague. The food was delicious and there was a wide a selection of dishes.
There was a choice of spa treatments, I chose the bubble bath. Large energetic air bubbles massaged my body, it was so relaxing that I felt like I was floating on clouds.
Spa Treatments on offer at HOTEL IMPERIAL
There are a wide range of spa packages available including detox, wellness and relaxation weekends to name a few, you can even do a golf package.
Many of the packages include several spa treatments and full or half board at the restaurants depending on the length of your stay.
Here are just a few of the spa treatments offered – hot stone therapy, Indian head massage, mineral bath with seaweed, manual lymphodrainage and oxygen therapy.
GRANDHOTEL PUPP – Karlovy Vary
With roots dating back to 1701, the Grandhotel Pupp has a standing reputation for excellence. The hotels Neo Baroque interior is breathtaking and it is this style and elegance that has attracted visitors for centuries.
Famous visitors to the hotel include musical legends, Beethoven, Bach and Chopin. Movie giants Robert De Niro, Daniel Craig and Morgan Freeman have also stayed at the hotel and you will find an interesting collection of black and white portraits of the famous actors and directors scattered throughout the hotel.
The hotel has a stunning theatre which is used for concerts and shows movies during the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
Staying at the Grandhotel Pupp
My double room at the Grandhotel Pupp was decorated in earthy tones of brown, green and accented by floral wallpaper.
We enjoyed sipping our evening drinks in the stylish Becher’s Bar, which dazzles with its dark wood, bold gold pillars and tartan décor.
The breakfast buffet is set in sumptuous surroundings and has a nourishing choice of breakfast options.
Spa Treatments on offer at Grandhotel Pupp
The Grandhotel Pupp’s modern spa area has a wide range of wellness and spa therapy treatments to choose from, including mud baths, herbal baths, massage and aromatherapy.
The Cosmetic Salon has a selection of beauty treatments which include herbal detox wraps, cosmetic massage and Payot facial treatments from the Payot skin care range.
Therapy treatments such as laser physiotherapy, infratherapy and electrotherapy are also available and plastic surgery procedures such as facelift, liposuction and rhinoplasty can be performed through the Esthe Plastic Surgery Clinic.
Eating Out in Karlovy Vary
Charles IV Restaurant and Brewery
Located near the Jan Becher Museum, the Charles IV Restaurant and Brewery is housed in the old Becherovka aging cellar.
You can sample the breweries own Karel IV beers or try hearty Czech dishes such as Beef Goulash with egg and bacon dumplings. Being a scorching day, I chose a lighter option with the Mixed Salad with Goats Cheese, beetroot and walnuts, which was simply delicious!
Le Marche Restaurant
Le Marche Restaurant has been voted the best restaurant in Karlovy Vary by EURO Magazine. We were excited to be sampling the gourmet menu of renowned Chef Jan Krajč.
Le Marche Restaurant is a charming restaurant that serves a choice of 3-course menu or 6-course degustation menu. The restaurant provides a new menu each day ensuring the freshness and quality of the food.
It was a dreamy summers night, so we joined other diners enjoying the evening and ate alfresco on the banks of the River Tepla. We ordered from the 3-course dinner menu, each course was beautifully presented and the food was superb.
Le Marche is a short walk from the Grandhotel Pupp and bookings are essential.
Getting from Prague to Karlovy Vary by Bus
Getting from Prague to Karlovy Vary by bus is easy, Regiojet buses leave from Prague Florenc bus station and drop off at Karlovy Vary bus terminal.
The journey takes 2 hours and 15 minutes and depending on the time of day can cost as little as 5.20 Euro. The buses are comfortable, have a bathroom and refreshments are sold onboard.
Last Words on Karlovy Vary
I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Karlovy Vary, it is a beautiful town and I had fun trying the spring waters and spa treatments. I fell in love with the Czech Republic and can’t wait to return to this stunning region.
Most people who visit the Czech Republic only visit Prague, a great injustice as you are missing out on seeing one of the most beautiful countries in the world.
Prague is a shining example of what this country has to offer, if you have plans to visit Europe, make sure you set aside time to explore the Czech Republic.
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