The biggest and best known spa town in the Czech Republic whose fame is based on the healing effects of warm springs in the valley of the Teplá river.
The most significant cultural event is the International Film Festival. Theater and music performances have been traditional, too (The Karlovy Vary symphony orchestra was established in 1835 as one of the oldest ones in Europe). In Karlovy Vary there is the Music Festival Dvořák´s Autumn held annually.
Among the top sports activities there are golf, horse races, tennis and others in lead. Karlovy Vary prides itself on many products connected with this very town, such as the Becherovka liqueur, the Moser glass and a hundred-year long tradition of porcelain manufacturing.
The thermal springs of Karlovy Vary, unique thanks to their composition range among the most effective mineral water worldwide. The most plentiful of them, the Geyser of Karlovy Vary, jets out of the depth of 2,000 meters with the volume of 1,500 liters per minute.
The famous visitors to Karlovy Vary include such personalities as Tsar Peter the Great of Russia, Empress Maria Teresa, Empress Marie Louisa of France, Emperor Franz Joseph I, Johann S. Bach, Johann W. Goethe, Giacomo Casanova, Friedrich Schiller, Ludwig van Beethoven, Karl Marx, Richard Strauss and many others.