It’s an enigma to me at least. I’ve been there a few times now, most recently for three nights and four days in September. The thing that continually mystifies and intrigues me is why it’s so popular with foreign tourists. For German and Russian speakers, it’s easily the most popular Czech destination after
I just don’t understand what people see in it. Granted, the central part of town is in a lovely setting, and the steep-walled valley of the River Teplá is a grand, even dramatic backdrop to the streetscapes of
All good reasons to visit a place, perhaps. The thing that bewilders me is that dozens of places across the
Even humble Loket nad Ohří, less than 20km from Karlovy vary has a river valley setting far more beautiful than it’s famous neighbour, it was also beloved by poets and royalty and, while not steaming, the hairpin bend of the Ohře river that encircles the town like a moat is so beautiful and elegant that it makes Karlovy Vary’s stretch of river look about as enticing as the drainage channel of an overworked dairy farm.
So what am I missing? If you’ve travelled the
If you’ve not been there and have no intention of going, perhaps you’ll still be interested in this short clip from the film Vrchni Prchni (about a fellow who impersonates a head waiter to collect payment from diners – of course he doesn’t get away with it forever ;-)). Please notice the ugly modern building that surrounds the steaming waterspout towards the end. This is the Vřidelní collonade, Right at the centre of