This website uses affiliate links which may earn a commission for purchases made at no additional cost to you. Like a child let loose in their first toy shop, the novelty of wandering around Karlovy Vary, armed with a porcelain mug in search of hot-spring waters excited me no end. These simple springs serve as a congregation point, for communities to come together for chatter while gaining some much-needed heat on the snow-covered winter days. For child-like visitors such as myself, eager to be part of the Spa Cup crew — even if only for a few days — they provide a curiosity with a ready-made souvenir. Nestled amongst the dense forests and rivers of West Bohemia, Karlovy Vary has long provided tourists with treats of springs and spas — in fact, it was created for that very purposes. The story takes us back to the 14th century when the Czech King stumbled upon a spring while hunting for dear, and wanted to make something of the uniqueness of the water.
Karlovy Vary: where to eat, drink and screen films
Marianske Lazne: The less touristy alternative to spa town Karlovy Vary
Does that sound like your typical weight-loss gimmick on the tv? Well, apparently, people have been doing this for hundreds of years even without infomercials, network marketing groups and Facebook…. I just wanted a fun, relaxing spa weekend with my sister-in-law, Carrie. Karlovy Vary is both a town and a region in the Czech Republic.
A look back at Karlovy Vary IFF
Now that the 55th year of the festival has been cancelled, we have decided to offer you a selection of films that have been shown at the festival over the years. Located on the border of Western and Eastern Europe, the festival offers a space for the best of both worlds. In our selection, we focused mainly on documentaries from Central and Eastern Europe that have been shown mainly under the documentary film category. Some of them won awards while others simply deserve your attention despite not winning anything at all. Works by Lithuanian director Audrius Stonys regularly appear under the documentary film category.
The Karlovy Vary Festival is one of the oldest in the world and has become Central and Eastern Europe's leading film event. Above all it was intended to screen the results of the recently nationalized Czechoslovak film industry. After the first two years the festival moved permanently to Karlovy Vary.