My friend Štěpán was a little surprised that my first blog post about our visit to his hometown was about trees so hopefully this one will tell a better tale of the beautiful town that is Karlovy Vary. There are many towns and cities that you can only really see from one perspective, ground level. Karlovy Vary isn’t one of those places. Tucked neatly between rolling hillsides that were bathed in a glorious autumnal glow during our visit there’s a number of ways to explore this little slice of architectural heaven.
For this blog post i’m going to focus on the view from above……be that from the Diana Tower with its expansive views over the town and surrounding countryside or from a pathway above the town that we ventured up during our wanderings.
The view from the top of the Diana tower on Friendship Hill (what a delightful name for a piece of terrain) is well worth the price of the funicular ticket or the toil of ascending the hill under your own power should you be so inclined. We decided to take the funicular up to the top and then walk back down through the forest, the best of both worlds really.
As always these photographs won’t be able to do justice to the actual view from the lookout tower or the hills above Karlovy Vary but hopefully they’ll provide a glimpse of the splendor of this jewel in Czech Republic’s crown. Stay tuned for more posts on Karlovy Vary including the view from street level as well as a look at what makes this town famous, Casino Roya…..I mean the hot springs.