Browsing Category : West Bohemia

Lunch in Plzen


A freezing wind welcomes us in Plzen, the place where pilsener beer was born. And since it was almost noon, Lars and I headed to the first restaurant that we saw. We had a refreshing Gambrinus with our tasty meal. Afterwards, we paid a visit to one of the city’s most important sights, the Gothic St. Bartholomew Cathedral. Founded in…

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A Quick Walk in Karlovy Vary


Sometimes, things simply don’t work out… No matter how much a certain town/village/museum or whatever is praised in books or on the Internet, you fail to see what is so charming/beautiful/cozy or whatever. For Lars and especially me, it’s Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic. Maybe it’s because the first time we tried to visit it, we simply couldn’t… In…

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An Afternoon in a Nature Reserve – Part 2


Venture further into the Soos nature reserve and the landscape changes drastically… The many gaseous carbon dioxide springs, with water that sometimes turns orange and which smell heavily of sulphur take you back to prehistoric times. We are referring to the so – called mud volcanoes. According to Wikipedia, The terms mud volcano or mud dome are used to refer to formations created by…

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An Afternoon in a Nature Reserve – Part 1


After a morning with visits to beautiful cities and towns, Lars and I were in the mood for something completely different. We decide to drive to a nature reserve called Soos. Finding it can be a bit of a challenge. It is located not far from Cheb, but so are many other places. The best thing you can do is…

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To The Market Place


Next stop; the charming town of Cheb. I had read somewhere that the market place of Cheb is the place to see. It dates from the 13th century, whereas the surrounding houses in different colors originate from the 15th – 18th century. Lars and I were not disappointed. The colors are amazing – it’s like a rainbow has descended from…

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Not What We Had Expected…


I am referring to the castle of Lazne Kynzvart. Lars and I had expected to see a medieval castle, but we saw one in Renaissance style. Turns out that the original building has been destroyed, but you can still visit the ruins. Unfortunately, we discovered this after we had come back home. The modern castle seems to be very popular…

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The Children’s Spa


Since we only had one full day in the Czech Republic, Lars and I were very eager to explore the surroundings of Marianske Lazne. Our first stop was a small town called Lazne Kynzvart. It takes you less than a minute to drive through the town, but it is a charming town. In the 19th century, Lazne Kynzvart was a competitor…

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The Man With The Trumpet


He is not on the pictures, but I can assure you that he was there: the man with the trumpet. He was standing on the steps of a church and playing… Lars and I don’t know why. Was he a beggar? Or did he summon the people to come to church? The church we are talking about is the Church…

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