Karlovy Vary - Grandhotel Pupp
Leaving Karlovy Vary without having visited Grandhotel Pupp would be criminal. Not only because history was written here, but above all due to the high quality gastronomy, comfort and neo-Classicist surroundings.
Karlovy Vary experienced a tremendous boom throughout the 19th century. The elite of the world at that time went to the spa to be treated. From royal families to big industrialists and top artists. The Pupp family did business in the city from 1701, but the neo-Baroque hotel itself was rebuilt from smaller buildings constructed at the turn of the 19th and 20th century. The creators of the design were the well-known Viennese architects Ferdinand Fellner and Hermann Helmer. Their work also included for example the Hot Spring Colonnade (Vřídelní kolonáda) or the Karlovy Vary Theatre. Just before WW II, the Pupp family managed to buy the last of the desired buildings, the so-called House of God's eye (Dům Boží oko), today Café Pupp.
The luxurious complex, which was sought after by kings, emperors, artists, composers and famous actors is still one of the most famous hotels in Europe. If you are a film fan, you will no doubt be interested to know that Grandhotel Pupp has appeared on the silver screen several times. Some of the better-known films in which it appeared were Last holiday with Gerard Depardieu, the 2006 James Bond film Casino Royale with Daniel Craig in the lead role or the biographical snapshot of Edith Piaf.
Every summer Grandhotel Pupp comes alive with the arrival of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. The main guests of the festival, who are also current movie stars, are put up in its best rooms.