Festive Season in Prague - Plzen and Karlovy Vary

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Our last day in the Czech Republic, was a drive to the Bohemian city of Plzen (Pilsen) for a guided tour of the brewery and sampled some of the beer. Czech beer ranks among the best in the world and the country remains the true home of the most of the lager drunk around the world today. The Czech’s have been top of the world league table of beer consumption for some time now.

In the museum, as a mark of respect, there are statues of seven men, who used to work in the wood room, making the barrels for the beer.

We left Plzen and drove towards the Spa City of Karlovy Vary (Karlsbad) in Western Bohemia. The countryside was so beautiful as we drove towards Karlovy Vary.

Apon arrival, we were taken to a hotel for lunch.

After lunch, we were taken by our guide up the street by the river Tepla that runs through the city, to Mlynská Colonnade. It was built in 1881 in the Neoclassical style. It's a big space with lots of columns (naturally) and a roof but open to the air. It has lots of statues placed on the roof.

There are several fountains, which dispense the water at various temperatures: 38, 50 and 72 degrees Celsius.

I cupped two hands together to taste the therapeutic waters. Best thing to do, is to buy a porcelain cup, which you can get from many kiosks.

Further along the main street is the Zámecká Tower (1608), which is all that's left of the castle on the site of which Charles IV once had a hunting lodge back in the 1300s. The only reason it is a sight is because Charles IV (Holy Roman Emperor) is supposed to have found a thermal spring there while hunting a stag. He built the hunting lodge there and named the area after himself (Karlovy Vary means Charles' Bath).

A little further on is the most famous spring, Vrídlo, made of natural pressure, and the water can reach as high as 10 m (30 feet).

Our guide took us down the other side of the Tepla, where they are many beautiful shops and café’s. Took many photos from the bridges that span the Tepla.

We boarded the coach back to Prague, for our last night in beautiful Czech Republic.

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