Karlovy Vary Day trip - Part 1
Trip Start Aug 24, 2011
13Trip End Sep 01, 2011
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Where I stayed
Albion Hotel Prague
Read my review - 4/5 stars
Read my review - 4/5 stars
Karlovy Vary is famous for its 13 major hot springs of curative mineral waters, and it is a destination I longed to visit again. The most popular hot spring is the Sprudel which springs its curative water to a height of 12 metres. Never in my life have I seen so many hotels of such beauty that stand out like palaces.
Nowadays it is a popular destination not to be missed and the two and a half hour trip by coach is nothing compared to what you will find here. It is unbelievably beautiful. Karlovy Vary is a Spa town near the German border located in western Bohemia. The 13 major hot springs and three hundred minor ones have drawn tourists and celebrities for centuries. The waters can still be imbibed today!
The eclectic architectural style of the buildings here is variegated and reflects the diversity of its historic visitors
On our previous trip the tour guide suggested that we buy tiny porcelain cups and taste the spring water. Of course the water is hot and tastes awful. She also suggested that we buy one of those roses which are sold here and she told us that they are real roses which are left in the water and after months or years they get that rusty look. I expected something similar on this trip, but our guide this time never mentioned anything about roses or other rusty products, and nothing about the small teapots. Instead he urged the group to buy herb products. He even suggested the (best shop) which was closed and he had us waiting for his friend to come and open the little shop for us. I was just watching people buying but I could not interfere. Later on as we were having a walk people saw that these shops were scattered all over, and some of them found much cheaper price for the same products. Of course this is how a number of the guides work – on commission. How bad it is if you know about this but you cannot talk.
What is worth buying here is the pink porcelain which is very famous, but as a traveller myself I am interested in nothing else, but my travels
Oh yes, and when it comes to Karlovy Vary's waffles! It is as if you cannot find them anywhere else and I laugh when I see stupid people in queues waiting to buy. Everyone in the group wanted to buy. Some bought them from the beginning of the tour and had to carry them along for 4 or 5 hours. Others waited till the last moment and they had no time to buy in the end because the coach was leaving. The worst misunderstanding of the days took place here this day. Those who did not buy got furious. Friends became enemies from that moment on and the "waffles" were to blame. The coach was full of these waffles carried in plastic bags. I did not even bother to taste one. They are packed in boxes of six, and our group must have bought at least one hundred such boxes.
I attach the entry of 2001 as well. Of course the photos were not from a digital camera…probably did not exist that time! http://blog.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/greekcypriot/2/992792124/tpod.html
My photos on this trip are so many that I am creating a second entry on Karlovy Vary which will follow.