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Region of Karlovy Vary in a Nutshell

The Region of Karlovy Vary lies in the westernmost part of the Czech Republic at the border with Germany. When it comes to size, it belongs among the smallest of all Czech regions, but when it comes to historical monuments, exceptional experiences and natural wealth, it ranks among the most beautiful and the most tourist attractive regions.


From of old, the historical development of the region has always been influenced by its position on the border of Slavic and Germanic territory, as well as by its geography and its possibilities for exploiting local raw materials and resources.

In the Middle Ages, small settlements began to appear in Krušné hory (Ore Mountains) and silver, later other ores were mined in their vicinity. At the end of the 19th century, mining operations in the surroundings of the town of Jáchymov were literally put on the map thanks to the discovery of the radioactive element of radium in the uraninite from the local mines by Marie Curie-Sklodowska. Likewise, rich deposits of kaolin triggered the foundation of prominent porcelain factories. Other premium local produce that has gained world repute includes glass made by the Moser Glassworks or the Becherovka herbal liqueur from Karlovy Vary. For more than 650 years, the region has been inherently tied to spa treatment, which utilises local natural resources, such as thermal and cold mineral springs, mud, peat, and gas.


Spa & Wellness

The renown of the Region of Karlovy Vary has always been closely bound up with balneology. Not only the best known Czech spa of Karlovy Vary is located on its territory, but also other significant spa towns, i.e. Mariánské Lázně, Františkovy Lázně, Lázně Kynžvart and Jáchymov. The spa resorts and hotels offer its guests a wide variety of wellness stays and spa programmes that are based on the tradition of exploiting natural healing resources. Their favourable effects have been verified by centuries of experience, as well as by modern scientific methods.

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Historical Monuments

You may find a vast number of notable architectural sites and monuments on the territory of the Region of Karlovy Vary. The most significant include Bečov Castle and Chateau with the unique Reliquary of Saint Maurus, the spa colonnades in Karlovy Vary, Mariánské Lázně and Františkovy Lázně, Loket Castle, the Premonstratensian Monastery in Teplá, Cheb Castle - the only imperial palatine in the country, and many more.

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Natural Wealth

The beautiful nature of Krušné hory (Ore Mountains) and the Slavkovský les Protected Landscape Area will treat you to an unforgettable views from the many lookout and observation towers. Dozens of nature trails will allow you to explore the plentiful nature reserves and protected landscape areas. The most popular natural points of interest undoubtedly are the Soos National Nature Reserve and the Boží Dar Peat Bogs National Nature Reserve.

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Natural Wealth

Active Holiday

Numerous tourist resorts in Krušné hory (Ore Mountains) and many sports areas and complexes throughout the region allow you to spend your holiday actively in any part of the year. The most popular winter resorts are Boží Dar and nearby Klínovec as they offer a great variety of downhill courses, cross-country skiing trails and snowparks. In addition, hundreds of kilometres of tourist paths and cycle paths are available to hikers and bikers in the remaining seasons of the year. Golfers will undoubtedly enjoy 10 golf courses and several indoor golf centres. Those keen on tennis, water tourism or climbing will also have a great time. Popular adrenalin activities include paintball, rope centres, motorcycle rides etc. Manifold outdoor natural swimming areas, swimming pools and aqua parks invite you for a swim in the summer or all year round.

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Active Holiday

The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and Other Major Events

The highlight event in the Region of Karlovy Vary is the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, which is annually visited by thousands of film enthusiasts from all over the world. Other popular events include the Wallenstein Festival in Cheb, Jazzfest, the Folklore Festival, etc.

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The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and Other Major Events

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