Nestled in a bend of the Ohře River, Loket is a gorgeous place with a chocolate-box-style town square. Loket was also used to portray Montenegro in the 2006 James Bond film Casino Royale.
Loket has 3 000 inhabitants and it is located in the Sokolov District in the Karlovy Vary region of the Czech Republic. Most people visit Loket as a day trip from Karlovy Vary, but it’s also a sleepy place to ease off the travel accelerator for a few days.
Loket means “elbow” in English. The town is named this due to the town centre being surrounded on three sides by the Ohře River, and the shape the river takes is similar to that of an elbow. The town centre itself features Loket Castle, a 12th century gothic castle. The town centre is a national monument and as such is preserved from modern developments.
There is an annual opera festival in an open air amphitheatre with the castle as a backdrop.
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