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Top Choice Spring in Karlovy Vary

Hot Spring Colonnade

The Hot Spring Colonnade is in an incongruous concrete-and-glass functionalist structure built in 1975 and once dedicated to Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. It houses the most impressive of the town's geysers, Pramen…
Top Choice Spring in Karlovy Vary

Mill Colonnade

The most impressive piece of architecture in Karlovy Vary is the neo-Renaissance Mill Colonnade (built 1871–81), with five different springs, rooftop statues depicting the months of the year, and a little bandstand.…
Top Choice Czech in Karlovy Vary

Charleston

Karlovy Vary, alas, is not a food paradise, but this 1920s-themed restaurant in the modern town is the best of the lot. In addition to stalwarts such as roast pork, the menu lists more inventive mains such as veniso…
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Embassy Restaurant

The in-house restaurant of the Embassy Hotel is a destination in its own right, often patronised by big-name stars attending the film festival. The dining room is richly atmospheric and the food, mostly Czech standa…
Top Choice Cafe in Karlovy Vary

Republica Coffee

This cool upstairs space with modern art on bare brick walls, '80s tunes on the sound system and comfortable armchairs serves the best coffee in town, from espressos to flat whites all expertly made using freshly gr…
Church in Karlovy Vary

Church of Mary Magdalene

Karlovy Vary's most important Catholic church and one of its grandest baroque buildings, this imposing, twin-steepled structure in the heart of the spa dates from the 1730s and is the work of baroque master Kilian D…
Spring in Karlovy Vary

Market Colonnade

The only one of the town's colonnades to be crafted from wood, this beautiful neoclassical structure dates from the 1880s and was the work of the fabled Viennese architectural firm of Fellner & Helmer. The bronz…
Czech in Karlovy Vary

Diana Restaurant

This rustic hunting lodge is a wonderful choice for lunch if you're hiking up on the hill. The menu is strong on Czech classics like pork and chicken, with venison and wild boar tossed in perhaps as a nod to the res…
Czech in Karlovy Vary

Hospoda U Švejka

Located right in the heart of the spa centre, this is a great choice for lunch or dinner. Though the presentation borders on kitsch, the food is actually very good and the atmosphere not unlike a classic Czech pub. …
Cable Car in Karlovy Vary

Diana Funicular Railway

Just beside (to the north of) the Grandhotel Pupp, a narrow alley leads to the bottom station of the Diana Funicular Railway, which climbs 166m to great views from the Diana Lookout Tower. Departures are every 15 mi…