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Driving to Karlovy Vary

A Motorists guide to Karlovy Vary - directions, parking and more

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Karlovy Vary, also known by its German name Karlsbad, is best known for being the largest spa town in the Czech Republic, as well as producing a strong herbal liqueur called Becherovka, the ingredients of which are only known by two people.

The town was founded in the 14th century by Charles IV. It is believed that while he was hunting in the woods he happened upon a hot water spring and declared it to have healing powers. In the 18th and 19th centuries Karlovy Vary became known as a spa town for the wealthy, and today there are around 300 small mineral springs surrounding the city, however only 13 of these are actually suitable for drinking.

Aside from its spas and sanatoriums, the yearly International A Class Film Festival attracts film buffs every July the town has even featured in Casino Royale. Shoppers delight in the expensive Stara Iouka shopping street, and the city is also known for the glass manufacturer Moser, as well as its porcelain.

Visitors should head to the top of the Diana Outlook Tower for spending views, on a good day it is possible to see 70km into the distance. The tower is reached on foot or by cable car, to get to the top itself there are 150 steps or a handy lift.

After all this, head to the Jan Becher Museum to sample the mysterious Becherovka liqueur and discover its history.

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Speed limits around Karlovy Vary

Speed Limits

Motorway: 130 km/h
Rural: 90 km/h
Urban: 50 km/h

Distances from Karlovy Vary to...

All of these places are within a few hours drive from Karlovy Vary
PlaceDistance km (miles)
(Point to Point)

Prague, Czech Republic108 km (67 miles)

Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic189 km (117 miles)

Munich, Germany251 km (156 miles)

Berlin, Germany257 km (160 miles)

Salzburg, Austria271 km (168 miles)

Frankfurt, Germany298 km (185 miles)

Stuttgart, Germany312 km (194 miles)

Heidelberg, Germany314 km (195 miles)

Schloss Neuschwanstein, Germany335 km (208 miles)

Vienna, Austria339 km (211 miles)

Innsbruck, Austria347 km (215 miles)

Koblenz, Germany374 km (232 miles)

Bratislava, Slovakia386 km (240 miles)

Dortmund, Germany405 km (252 miles)

Hamburg, Germany419 km (260 miles)

The Nurburgring, Germany421 km (261 miles)

Cologne, Germany424 km (263 miles)

The Stelvio Pass, Italy448 km (278 miles)

Trier, Germany448 km (278 miles)

Zurich, Switzerland449 km (279 miles)

Centre Parcs Le Lac d'Ailette, France462 km (287 miles)

Luxembourg, Luxembourg487 km (302 miles)

Spa Francorchamps, Belgium490 km (304 miles)

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