I have 79 pictures/collages that I want to share of Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic. I could NOT narrow them down anymore. This city has THE cutest Art Nouveau buildings we've seen yet. Which reminds me, today marks our 1 year anniversary of traveling while living in Germany! Our very first #evansfamilyeuropeanadventure was to Weiden, Germany on Chris' birthday last August 3rd, 2013. Our friends let us borrow their car because ours hadn't arrived yet and we were itching to get out of the hotel after nearly 4 weeks being cooped up in there. Anyway, it's amazing what we've seen in a year! I blog about all our adventures and then update our TRAVEL page with those destinations. Can't wait to see what this year brings!
Anyway, back to Karlovy Vary. I've been obsessed with going to this place ever since I saw this picture of it on Pinterest at the end of last year:
But every weekend we've wanted/been able to go, the weather has been less than ideal. Welcome to Europe :) But, today was the day! And it sure didn't disappoint! In fact, it might be my new favorite city, honest-to-goodness. And it's only an hour-and-a-half away! We're totally bringing anyone and everyone who comes and visits us to Karlovy Vary - hint hint, wink wink, nudge nudge. COME VISIT!
We loaded up and were on the road by 8:30am. We drove through very Communist-looking cities. Karlovy Vary used to look like this too, but was recently given a makeover.
We started our exploration at the Hotel Thermal on the north end of the Old Town's center. Built in the 1970s, it exemplifies how obtrusive Communist architecture can be. Nestled between the town's eastern hills and the Ohre River, the glass, steel, and concrete Hotel Thermal sticks out like a sore thumb amid the rest of the town's 19th-century architecture.
We found a hot spring! Chris was brave enough to try it using one of the kids' water bottles. You can tell from the look on his face how much he enjoyed it :) No thank you!
This gazebo was just so pretty.
Once catering to nobility from all over Europe, the Pupp still houses one of the town's finest restaurants - the Grand.
Also, fun trivia, this is where they filmed the exterior scenes of the Hotel Splendide in Casino Royale which was Montenegro in the movie. It's actually Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic. Screenshots of Casino Royale!
I like how they covered the real name of the hotel with an awning.
There's also a restaurant, but we packed lunches cuz we only had $25 to spend the entire day including parking, a magnet, and cup souvenir.
Good thing Karlovy Vary is super close by, I just have to go back.