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If you have enough time to get out of Prague, the thermal baths and 19th-century architecture here will thoroughly charm you.

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Karlovy Vary

A legendary spa town.

Besides beer, Bohemia has long been known for its thermal spa towns, and the most famous is Karlovy Vary (aka Karlsbad), in the western part of the Czech Republic about 100 kilometres (67 miles) outside Prague. If you have enough time for an overnighter, pay a visit to the gracious, mostly late-19th-century historic spa area, with 13 major thermal springs and nearly a hundred smaller ones, and with a warm river running through it called the Teplá (which means, unsurprisingly, "warm"). The town is also known for an herbal liqueur extremely popular throughout the country, called Becherovka.



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