West Bohemian Spas – the region for regeneration and relaxation.
The most westerly tourist region, located along the border with Bavaria and Saxony, became famous thanks to its spas. The number and variety of mineral curative springs is unique in the world. Due to diverse chemical consistency, the local springs have a wide range of curative effects, used for various cures and therapies.
Characteristics of the region
Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad, pictured here; click for larger view), Mariánské Lázně (Marienbad) and Františkovy Lázně (Franzensbad) are world-famous spa towns. The Jáchymov spa town became well-known by its radioactive springs. Kynžvart and Konstantinovy Lázně are less well-known spa resorts. Curative stays in the spas can be combined with visits of the local historical sights (namely numerous well-preserved castles and chateaux), with walks in the extensive parks or walking tours in the environs. Three 18-hole golf courses are concentrated in the region.
Numerous architectural jewels are worth visiting. The reliquary of St. Moor, the most precious cultural jewel of the Czech Republic after the crown jewels, is exhibited at the castle Bečov nad Teplou. And finally, the mountain resorts of Krušné hory (the Ore Mouuntains), such as Boží Dar, Klínovec, Potůčky and Pernink, offer excellent conditions for winter sports.
Dense network of international and main roads: Praha – Karlovy Vary – Cheb – Würzburg, Karlovy Vary – Cheb – Plauen, Cheb – Stříbro, Bochov – Teplá – Tachov. Main railways: Ústí nad Labem – Chomutov – Cheb, Praha – Plzeň – Cheb. Regional transport system is included in the system of Euro Region.