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Karlovy Vary: a Russian city in the Czech Republic

In Culture, Czech Tourism, Economy on November 1, 2010 by Petr Bokuvka Tagged: , , , ,

Karlovy Vary is a city in the Czech Republic. It is a famous spa town where the internationally famous Mattoni mineral water is produced and where the annual film festival is held.

But the strangest thing about this place is its strong Russian influence. It is a favorite tourist destination for people from Russia, Ukraine and other former Soviet Union republics. Plus, many Russian businessmen opened their stores and other establishments here. Every once in a while a news story emerges about the negative aspects of the Russian influence, mostly represented by businesspersons who allegedly “ignore laws” (e.g. by building or renovating houses without proper permits, etc.). On the other hand, businesses that have ties to Russia or Russian owners give jobs to locals…

The town even has a Russian village where street signs are bilingual. Local people were shocked to find out that the village was built where a camp with a pool had been demolished.

And one can see the Russian presence on almost every main street in downtown Karlovy Vary, where even hair salons, post offices, hardware stores etc. have signs in four languages…

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2 Responses to “Karlovy Vary: a Russian city in the Czech Republic”

  1. […] Czech Daily Word writes about Karlovy Vary, a famous Czech resort town popular with tourists from the former Soviet states: […]

  2. I was in Karlovy Vary in 2002, and the Russian presence was already noticeable then. I imagine it’s only increased since.

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