Karlovy Vary

Karlovy Vary: discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site

Although the European spa industry began to develop as early as in the Middle Ages, it is a phenomenon that is still relevant today. The UNESCO World Heritage List therefore includes from 2021 Karlovy Vary, which boasts the title of Great Spa Towns of Europe.

Fifteen thermal mineral springs, a unique urban design and architecture, rich cultural and social activities and the surrounding landscape, which contributes to healing, make Karlovy Vary a place of timeless importance. Discover the magic of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Karlovy Vary.


UNESCO and 11 famous spa towns of Europe

In 2021 the Famous Spa Towns of Europe will be addedto the UNESCO World Heritage List . Specifically, these are towns that make up the West Bohemian spa triangle – Karlovy Vary, Františkovy Lázně and Mariánské Lázně, the German towns of Baden-Baden, Bad Kissingen and Bad Ems, Baden in Austria, Vichy in France, Montecatini Terme in Italy, Spa in Belgium and the City of Bath in England.

A phenomenon that helped shape European values

Especially in the 18th and 19th centuries, European spas were an important cultural and social phenomenon. And it was not only the urban-architectural form of these towns that was unique. These progressive centres of medicine and balneology naturally became meeting places for political, intellectual and artistic elites. The spa embodied the Enlightenment philosophy. Important social and cultural innovations that helped shape European values took place here.

Spas as you know them today

Europe's historic spa towns, listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, have much to offer in the 21st century, and it's not just their genius loci. The field of balneology, a treatment using natural resources of mineral water, continues to develop here. The centuries-old treatment system uses modern technology and the latest findings of contemporary science with a focus on prevention. Get to know the spa phenomenon up close and personal, perhaps in the famous spa town of Europe, Karlovy Vary.

Ore Mountains

In the footsteps of UNESCO: Mining region of Erzgebirge / Ore Mountains

Take a trip to places that have not only been shaped over the centuries by human determination and hard work, but also by innovations and inventions of global significance. We are talking about the Erzgebirge / Ore Mountains mining region, which, like the Karlovy Vary spa tradition, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

From Karlovy Vary you can get there in less than half an hour and check off two items from the list of seventeen Czech UNESCO sites.

Discover the Erzgebirge mining landscape and its dominant features. Pieces of history and 800 years of continuous ore mining. Go to Jáchymov, Abertamy, Boží Dar or Horní Blatná. Visit the Red Tower of Death near Ostrov, Mědník Vrch Hill or the town of Krupka, which are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

One-time 2-hour free entry to the outdoor pool including sauna world for each night of your stay.
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