Karlovy Vary is famously known as the most popular spa town of Europe. The beginning of this spa town was from its first hot spring above the Tepla River. Over 240 years old, this hot spring has a lot of medicinal properties. From iron to wood to glass, the colonnade has seen a lot of changes.
The current colonnade is made up of glass & concrete. The famous geyser throws out 2,000 (yes, two thousand) liters of hot water every minute! (So take care of your gadgets when you go near it!)
Do not attempt to drink water directly from the geyser as it will be TOO hot to drink. Instead, go inside the colonnade & have it from the taps (A, B & C). They cool the water down a bit & make it drinkable. It's free of cost.
2. Mill Colonnade
This Colonnade is the most important & the most beautiful colonnade of Karlovy Vary. Mill Colonnade was built in 1881 making it about 135 years old. Yet the glory & the grandeur of this structure are intact. You can explore 5 springs, which are inside the colonnade itself.
3. The Diana Lookout Tower
Karlovy Vary is a fairy tale town. You realize this while walking around the town. To get a better view of this fairy tale, you must head to the Diana lookout tower. There are two ways to get near the tower - First, hike up! It's a 30 minutes hike (kind of strenuous but beautiful). Second, funicular! It takes 5 minutes in the funicular to reach the top.
The tower has 150 steps if you'd like to climb. If you are lazy like me, you can take the elevator to the top level. From the top, you can see the entire town of Karlovy Vary & its surroundings. There are some more activities like mini zoo, hiking trails, picnic sites etc. around the Diana lookout tower.
Vridelni Colonnade is definitely my most favorite place in Karlovy Vary. Walking inside this passage feels like walking in some royal palace. The architecture is so beautiful & stunning that it mesmerizes everyone.
There's a park just next to this colonnade where you can relax, sunbathe & well, just see people passing by. To witness the true beauty of Vridelni Colonnade, visit it during the evening when it's well lit.
5. Jan Becher Museum