As hunting deer in 1348, the Emperor Charles IV discovered here hot springs and he couldn’t image the great success he had succeeded. The golden age of Carlsbad as one of the finest European spas has been in the 19th century. Carlsbad today is the first place in terms of cure in the Czech Republic, the pearl of Bohemia, unique, lively and charming architecture.In addition to spa buildings, colonnades and pavilions in the Empire or Art Nouveau style completed 1737 the Baroque Church of St. Mary Magdalene by Kilian Ignaz Dietzenhofer, the most valuable historical building. One of the oldest hotels in Central Europe is the traditional Grand Hotel Pupp. A very special city tour you can do all year from the Theatre Square (Divadelni namesti) is by hackney cab or in the summer with the historical Skoda bus from the 60s.Marianské Lázně (Marienbad) is another world-famous health resort in Western Bohemia. The spacious park in the spa quarter and the large colonnade are a striking landmark together with the Singing Fountain, which presents every 2 hours water games with classical music.Concerts are held in the colonnades for guests and visitors in Karlovy Vary, Marianské Lázně and Františkovy Lázně. All participating choirs meet for a friendship concert in a nice concert hall. Guided tours and a farewell evening round off the stay to the most beautiful spring season.
Each choir will get an individual itinerary - here you see an example:
Itinerary 4 days:
Day 1: Arrival in the hotel and dinner.
Day 2: Guided tour in Carlsbad (Karlovy Vary). Concert in the afternoon at a colonade, e.g. the famous Mlynska kolonada.
Day 3: Guided tour in Marienbad (Marianske Lazne). In the afternoon concert at the main colonnade, followed by a common concert of all participating choirs in a concert hall. In the evening optional Bohemian dinner with music.
By private coach:The coach must be available for all necessary transfers at the event. The coach driver will be within his limit of driving time.By train or intercity coach:Not recommended because for many transfers local coaches are necessary.By plane:The next airports are Dresden (DRS) or Prague (PRG). Local transport for all transfers can be arranged by music&friends. At the page “service” you can find some remarks regarding flight bookings and some links to airlines; please note that they might change flight destinations during the year.
Short stay:Because of the holiday date, only a stay with 3 nights is accepted by the hotels. Extensions:Choirs with a longer stay (e.g. from Overseas) may choose several extensions, offered by music&friends: Extensions with accommodation, guided tours and concerts in Prague, Munich or Dresden.