Karlovy Vary — Jewel of the West Bohemian Spa Triangle /1 hr and 30 mins from Prague/
West Bohemian spa triangle, made up of the towns of Karlovy Vary, Františkovy lázně and Mariánské Lázně, enjoys special status in the Czech spa industry. Included in UNESCO world cultural heritage list in 2021 as part of the “Great Spas of Europe”, these three towns still display the magnificence and grandeur of the spa’s golden age.
The gorgeous European spa town of Karlovy Vary combines elegance, architecture, and relaxation. Column-lined structures and pastel facades line a river in a valley surrounded by forests. Sample the healing power of thermal springs before a pampering spa day. Treat your taste buds with local Becherovka herbal liqueur or spa wafers and pick up a souvenir from the world famous Moser Glassworks or Thun Karlovy Vary porcelain.
Tip: make a detour to the small town of Loket (meaning “elbow”) /15 mins from Karlovy Vary/, tucked into the curve of a river bend. The fairy tale vibes of this town served as a backdrop for the James Bond film Casino Royale.