With my family visiting me here in Germany we planned a few big sights to see, but we also wanted to go to a few more unusual places. Karlovy Vary was at the top of my list. It’s a beautiful Czech town with tons of character that’s perfect for a day trip or weekend. We got to sample the spa waters, take in the scenery, and enjoy a beer bath!
First off, let me just say that the town is jaw-droppingly gorgeous. Historic buildings line the Tepla river and are surrounded by forests and mountains. The city has a luxury feel in the middle of the Czech Republic’s natural beauty. It’s no wonder that the central Grandhotel Pupp was used as shooting location for the film Casino Royale.
After walking around a bit we grabbed a souvenir ceramic mug and sampled the town’s natural spa waters from the Market Colonnade. I normally hate buying souvenirs like this, but you really can’t miss out on this one! You can also grab a flavored toasted wafer to go along with your spa water….trust me, you’ll need it to wash down the unique taste!
The spa water is definitely an acquired taste! I couldn’t stand more than a few sips, but my sister was a real trooper about it. There are several colonnades in the city, including the Hot Spring Colonnade where you can tour the Underground Hot Springs. We didn’t do that on this trip, but I would love to come back and check it out.
After this we grabbed a few drinks at a riverside restaurant and enjoyed the atmosphere before heading on to our beer bath.
I know what you’re thinking…a beer bath!? Certainly unique! The beer spa is supposed to detoxify and rejuvenate the body, in addition to being a treat of light and dark beer and beer bread!
After a soak in the beer bath, you relax on a bed of wheat straw so your body can absorb all the vitamins and nutrients from the bath. Check out Pivní Lázně for more info on all the benefits and booking your visit. The also have a location in Prague if you can’t make it out to Karlovy Vary!
We had an amazing time in Karlovy Vary and I wish we had more time to enjoy the other things it has to offer, such as a visit to the Moser Glassworks. If you’re looking for more info on Karlovy Vary, check out the city’s site here and this post from Just a Pack.