Only two hours away from Prague there is this beautiful, filled with spas and luxurious villas, Karlovy Vary. Don’t worry if you don’t have enough money to spend the day at the spa, there is plenty to do in Karlovy Vary on a low budget.
Besides getting lost in the city and dreaming about how it would be to live in a million dollars villa, you can visit the Jan Becher museum. That’s right, the famous Becherovka is produced in Karlovy Vary. If you are not a museums person, at least take a pic with the giant Becherovka bottle in from of the museum, like I did.
If you are a cinephile, don’t hesitate to visit Hotel Pupp. This is the place where every year the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival takes place. The building is quite impressive even for people not so passionate about movies.
Right behind this hotel there is the funicular which takes you to Diana Observation Tower. Of course, if you are more sporty you can walk on the trails to get there (it takes about half an hour). Either way, the view is just breathtaking and worth the effort.
Like always when in a new place, I got off the beaten path and decided to explore the small streets of this city. This is how I discovered a lovely neighborhood which will make your jaw drop. The street where you can find impressive villas is called Krale Jiriho.
Some other places I loved are: Market Colonnade, Mill Colonnade and Park Colonnade. All these place have in common a unique architecture consisting in, you’ve guessed it, colonnades. Definitely worth a visit.
May the travel bug bite you!