Karlovy Vary (Karlsbad) is the Czech Republic’s largest spa town. A high concentration of natural thermal springs, the picturesque valley of the River Teplá with its steep sides, rocky outcrops and wooded hills make this a town of dramatic vistas and places of natural beauty.
Many picturesque locations appeared in the late 19th and early 20th century under a heavy art nouveau influence, with some buildings designed by the world-famous Viennese architects Fellner and Helmer. These architectural visionaries realised the huge important Karlovy Vary would have in future years.
The town is known for its grand villa quarters on the sides of the valley and in far-flung suburbs. Karlovy Vary also boasts many hotels, guesthouses, parks and stretches of forest containing some truly exceptional pavilions, viewing towers and summer houses, all linked by a network of trails and paths.
Karlovy Vary, a stylish, cosmopolitan town with a quite unique ambience, has always attracted European heads of state, royalty, noblemen, statesmen, politicians, famous writers, composers and scientists. The international significance of the town can be seen in the churches belonging to various denominations we find there.