The Karlovy Vary region is located in the westernmost corner of the Czech Republic and borders Germany. The region is known worldwide for its spas, which are concentrated in the towns of Karlovy Vary, Marianske Lazne and Frantiskovy Lazne. The economy of the Karlovy Vary region is based on natural resources and the spa industry.
The discovery of mineral water gave new life to the region’s baths. The locally-produced natural materials are utilized in the production of the famous Karlsbad porcelain, the popular Becherovka liqueur, in musical instruments and have enabled the construction of heating and power plants and development of the chemical industry.
After the Velvet Revolution many foreign firms entered the spa industry, while others began production in industrial zones oriented towards the automotive and chemical industries.
The Karlovy Vary region features beautiful landscapes with mountains, forests and mineral springs. Medieval castles, townhouses and Art Nouveau colonnades create a historical atmosphere. Spa towns offer treatment procedures and a rich cultural life. Numerous prestigious festivals and events are held here, the most famous being the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. The region offers quality facilities for tennis and bowling, and the golf courses in Marianske Lazne and Karlovy Vary are among the best in the country. The region offers many possibilities for cycling, hiking, water sports and skiing.
Location: West part of the Czech Republic
Hotels: Hotel Imperial, Quisisana Palace, Spa Resort Sanssouci
Sights: Diana Lookout Tower, Vridelni kolonada, Mill Colonnade