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Karlovy Vary, known in German as Karlsbad, was a world-famous spa town in the 19th century and retains the air of an elegant, cosmopolitan resort. Enjoying a wonderful setting in the West Bohemian hills, Karlovy Vary offers modern spa facilities amidst a cluster of belle-epoque mansions on the banks of the meandering Tepla river. Visitors still flock to take the waters and try the treatments but Karlovy Vary is also a superb region for walking, soaking up the atmosphere and admiring the period architecture. Online hotel booking specialist Hotels.com has partnered with a great selection of Karlovy Vary hotels to offer the best value rooms in the spa town, regardless of your budget or preferences. Booking Karlovy Vary accommodation in advance ensures a stress-free arrival in this part of Bohemia.

What's Karlovy Vary Like?

Karlovy Vary was founded by the Bohemian king Charles IV in the 14th century although there had been a spa on site since ancient times. Travellers are still attracted by the reputed health-giving properties of the waters. The hot spring fountain, shooting about 12 metres into the air, is surrounded by an imposing colonnade erected in the 1970s. There are five more springs in the complex, along with market stalls selling souvenirs, ceramics and traditional Bohemian glassware. The Moser factory and museum features exhibitions about the glass industry, a glassworks tour and an extensive shop. Many visitors come to experience the spa waters and treatments, but the extensive network of walking and cycling trails around the forested hills of the region offer a healthy alternative. Trails are colour-coded and feature shelters or lodges where you can take a break and admire the view. Karlovy Vary hotels offer an ideal base for exploring the countryside around the town.

Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Karlovy Vary

English is not widely spoken in Karlovy Vary, although a knowledge of German or a few simple Czech phrases will be sufficient in bars and restaurants. There is an etiquette to observe when taking the waters. Use only porcelain or glass cups and don't disturb others when they are drinking as it is regarded as a ceremonial ritual. Locals will mention that Karlovy Vary is the home of the Bohemian liqueur Becherovka, a popular spirit flavoured with herbs and spices. The Hotels.com site features a wealth of information to help you narrow down our selection of Karlovy Vary hotels to the one that best suits your needs. Detailed reviews from past guests, photo galleries, sample room layouts and maps of the area allow you to get a clear picture of what is provided by Karlovy Vary accommodation.