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At the beginning of the 13th century, Loket, a royal castle was built on a landmark promontory within the Ohře River bend. It used to be called the “Key to the Czech Kingdom”. Soon after, a small town, first mentioned in 1288, arose below the castle. In the early 15th century the royal town was fortified and turned into an important focal point of the Czech Crown. In the course of the 19th century, the town became famous for its local porcelain factory. However, industrial production was located in the surrounding towns. The town regained its former fame in the time of beginning tourism bloom, when the local area of great natural beauty and numerous historical monuments became increasingly popular with holidaymakers and romantics.
How to get there
The historic town of Loket (Elbow, Elbogen in German) is located about 14 kilometres from the centre of Karlovy Vary. Start your trip in the Karlovy Vary district of Doubí. To get there, use bus No. 6 and then follow the blue tourist route. A pleasant walk through the romantic valley of the Ohře River past the Svatoš Rocks is 9.5 kilometres long and will take you about two and a half hours. If you decide to ride a bike, the cycling path that is part of the backbone cycling route No. 204 will lead you through the valley as well. To get to Loket from Karlovy Vary, take an intercity bus from Dolní nádraží (Lower Bus Station) or a train leaving from Horní nádraží (Upper Railway Station), changing in the Chodov station. If you are travelling to Loket by car, use the R6 motorway in the direction of Cheb. At the Loučky exit, turn onto the 209 district road that will take you directly to the town.