B4 - Karlovy Vary & Moser Glassworks (upon request)

Trip Length:  9 - 11 h according to your choice of sights  

West Bohemia: Spa Town Surrounded by Beautiful Countryside and Visit to Glassworks

Tour description: Karlovy Vary owes its name to its founder, Charles IV. According to a legend, he discovered a healing spring here in the 14th century. This spa town is not only famous for its miraculous springs, of which there are about a dozen directly in the city, but it is also known for the beautiful nature around it. The town towers overthe surrounding evergreen forests like a luxurious cake with whipped cream. This apt comparison was coined by the famous Swiss architect, Le Corbusier, who was particularly charmed by the city. As an architectural complex, the city was built in the Romantic Revival style, accented by several gems of Art Nouveau. The construction of these buildings corresponds to the turn of the 19th and 20th century when this coquettish town saw its greatest expansion. The healing cures mostly consist of drinking water from the springs rich in various minerals. We will also head for the colonnades, where the primary healing springs are, and you will not miss the chance to taste their magical waters!

Within this tour, you can make a choice to visit the following monuments accompanied by your guide:
  • Church of St. Peter and Paul – This typical Orthodox church with traditional gold onion domes shines from a distance in sunlight. It is located on a hill at the edge of the forest that surrounds the city. On the way to the church (the journey takes about 15 minutes) we will walk through an architecturally imposing residential quarter. Your guide will give you a quick overview of the differences between Orthodox and Catholic religion.
  • Countryside Walk – We will take the cog funicular up a hill to the Diana viewpoint. From there we will enjoy a gorgeous view of all the way to the Ore Mountains that creates the border with Germany. A walk through a quiet forest will then lead you to a place nicknamed Forest Worship, where we will sit for a while surrounded by the majestic woods. We will then walk down toward the church of St. Peter and Paul. Total duration of the walk: 50 minutes.
  • The Magical Underground of Vřídlo (Hot Spring) – Just a few meters underground we will enter a magical world. We will watch water springing from the depths of the Earth, and a stone that is being formed by the sedimentation of minerals, immediately under the main hot spring. This is the famous anthodite, one of the aragonites, with warm cinnamon tones, that is used for making numerous souvenirs, the most famous of which are petrified roses. The tours are available May through October.
  • Moser Glassworks – When visiting the renowned Moser Glassworks, we can admire the incredible skill and art of master glassblowers working directly in front of the glass smelting kilns. Included in the tour is a visit to the most important glassmaking museum in our country. Many of the elegant and refined products displayed here have gained significant international recognition. It’s not an accident that the Moser brand is nicknamed ‘the crystal of kings and the kings of crystal.’

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