Karlovy Vary - Czech Republic's Spa Town:
Karlovy Vary, also known as Carlsbad, was discovered by Charles IV and quickly became a famous spa town. Since the 14th century, it has been known for its curative hot springs, and has been visited by Europe's famous, infamous, and not-so-famous citizens. Karlovy Vary maintains its reputation as a place of healing waters, of which any visitor can partake.
Getting to Karlovy Vary from Prague:
The best way to get to Karlovy Vary from Prague via public transportation is by bus. It's possible to catch an express bus that takes around 2 1/2 hours from Prague's Florenc bus station. If you want to take the train, it will take almost twice as long.
Spa Treatments in Karlovy Vary:
The spa treatments in Karlovy Vary, which involve consumption of its mineral spring water, must be arranged in advance. Some treatments are considered medical in nature, and patients go to Karlovy Vary with a referral from a physician. A simple "wellness" program of spa treatments is non-medical in nature and can include massage, sauna, beauty treatments, light therapy, and heat therapy. You will be encouraged to drink the local water along with your treatments, even though they may not taste delicious. This is called the "Drinking Cure."
What to See in Karlovy Vary:
In Karlovy Vary, even the walking tours are considered theraputic. Much of what you will see is spa-centered, but you can also see the original discovery site of Karlovy Vary's hot springs, churches, and a regional museum. In addition, Karlovy Vary has no shortage of cafes and shops.
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