Facts About Karlovy Vary
Karlovy Vary is a spa city in the Karlovy Vary Region of the Czech Republic.
Karlovy Vary lies on the confluence of the rivers Ohře and Teplá, approximately 130 km west of Prague.
Karlovy Vary is named after Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor and the King of Bohemia, who founded the city.
Karlovy Vary is the site of numerous hot springs and is the most visited spa town in the Czech Republic: 13 main springs, about 300 smaller springs, and the warm-water Teplá River.
The city has been used as the location for a number of film shoots, including the 2006 films Last Holiday and box-office hit Casino Royale, both of which used the city’s Grandhotel Pupp in different guises.
The estimated population of Karlovy Vary is 48,723.
Karlovy Vary is made up of 15 city parts and villages: Karlovy Vary, Bohatice, Čankov, Cihelny, Doubí, Drahovice, Dvory, Hůrky, Olšová Vrata, Počerny, Rosnice, Rybáře, Sedlec, Stará Role & Tašovice.
The famous Karlovarské oplatky (Carlsbad wafers) originated in the city in 1867. It has also lent its name to “Carlsbad plums”, candied stuffed zwetschgen.
Karlovy Vary is twinned with Baden-Baden, Germany; Bernkastel-Kues, Germany; Carlsbad, United States; Eilat, Israel; Kusatsu, Japan; Locarno, Switzerland & Varberg, Sweden.
In 1325, Obora, a village in today’s city area, was mentioned. Karlovy Vary as a small spa settlement was founded most likely around 1349.