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It was already known in the year 1502, when first written records appeared about mineral springs in this region, that they will become one of the most sought-after places in the Czech Republic for relax and rest. The town is small, but it has large spa, historical buildings, beautiful nature and surroundings, which offer the unique opportunity to spend wonderful days in this place. Františkovy Lázně was visited by J. W. Goethe, Ludwig van Beethoven, Austrian emperor Francis I.

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An area of 221 hectares includes a large peat-bog and swamps where a plethora of mineral springs and pure carbon dioxyde come out from the muddy volcanoes (the so-called mofettes). The path leads over the bottom of a dried lake. Nowadays one can find a really rare thing throughout Europe - gathered infusorial earth from the shells of the lake diatoms - sediments at the lake bottom. Many protected animals live there as well as many plants rooted in wet grounds grow in the nature reserve.

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Komorní Hůrka

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The Komorni hurka volcano located in the basin of the Eger river. On flat land the volcano looks more like a hill. With it's 503 meters hight above sea level. Never the less, the Karlovy Vary region can be very proud of this the youngest Czech volcano with best – preserved example of surface volcanity in the country, that has not been active for the past 80 000 years. In the phase of fading activity it resembles the escaping Carbondioxide through the flowing lava.

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Cheb Castle

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On the rock, to the north-west of the city center, lies Cheb castle, built in the 12th century, and now mostly in ruins. The main attractions are the Chapel of St Erhard and Ursula, the Black Tower and the ruins of a palace; all from around 1180. The chapel has two stories; the lower storey is in Romanesque style, while the upper storey is Gothic. An eight-cornered opening connects the two storeys. The upper-storey contains a ribbed vault supported on four polygonal columns with statues.

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