Spas, wafers and films in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic

Film critic, André Crous often visits the beautiful town of Karlovy Vary for its annual film festival. The picturesque town  is a 90-minute drive northwest from Prague in Czech Republic. Don’t take the train, though, because that would  be closer to a four-hour journey…

Here I asked him to give us some insider info:

The town is known for…

Its spas, and the most visible Russian population in the country.

A must-see?

The many famous 5-star hotels that dot the downtown area and the hills around the city centre. Also, the Colonnade, a promenade next to the canal with giant columns, Ancient Greece-style, where you can have a taste of the spa water for free, from fountains that are always spouting mineral goodness.

The best part was…

The yearly film festival is the #1 reason to visit Karlovy Vary. It runs for 10 days around the beginning of July every year and can be attended by anyone willing to cough up a mere R80 per day. Big film stars come here every time and though the temperatures can be scorching, late afternoon always brings a quick thunder storm to get temperatures back to normal while you watch a movie.

People should try this local delicacy…

Karlovarské oplatky, or thin wafers made with spa water. They cost very little – between R2 and R3 each – and are as big as a plate. They are heated up and are available in many different varieties, including almond, vanilla and chocolate. Delicious for a quite bite in between spa sessions!

Photo by Andre Crous and Adrigu from Flickr

Our Readers Comments

  1. Hi,
    Please tell me whether the delicatesens above are available in south africa and if so where. I stay in Gauteng area.



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