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 Interesting Buildings and Landmarks 

 

Hotel Thermal

Hotel Thermal

Hotel Thermal

The hub of cultural life in Karlovy Vary. The hotel was built in 1967 -1976 and its large premises can cater for festivals, congresses, symposia, concerts and many other cultural activities. Around one hundred cultural events, many of them with international participation, are organised in Karlovy Vary. The highlight of them all is the International Film Festival taking place mainly in the Thermal Hotel. The hotel also houses a 50 metre long swimming pool with heated water that is open all year round.

Elizabeth Spa - Spa V

Alžbětiny lázně – Lázně (Elizabeth Spa - Spa V)

The spa is situated in the Smetana Park on the outskirts of the spa area. The spa was built in 1906 and it was named in memory of the Austrian Empress Elizabeth. The facade of the building is New Baroque.

Army Spa Institution

Vojenský lázeňský ústav (Army Spa Institution)

The oldest spa complex in Karlovy Vary, with a square layout, was built in 1855. The dining room boasts a precious picture "Discovery of the Hot Spring" by M. Kandler.

Park Colonnade

Sadová kolonáda (Park Colonnade) 

The colonnade was built adjacent to the Army Spa Institute in 1881 following the design of Viennese architects F. Fellner and H. Helmer. The structure is made of pre-fabricated cast iron. An outlet from the Snake Spring is situated in the colonnade.

Spa III

Spa III

Lázně III (Spa III)

The building was built in 1866 in the style of English Baroque. It is not only a spa complex but it is also used as a musical venue for the spa when concerts are organised in the Antonín Dvořák Concert Hall.

Mill Colonnade

Mill Colonnade

Mill Colonnade

Mlýnská kolonáda (Mill Colonnade)

The largest and oldest of the Karlovy Vary colonnades, built in 1871-1881. It was built by architect J. Zítek in the New Renaissance style using features of column architecture. The colonnade was named after the Mill Spring. Altogether there are five springs there. The balustrades of the roof terrace are decorated with 12 allegorical figures representing the months of the year. The colonnade is a place for concerts and various cultural performances.

Market Colonnade

Market Colonnade

Market Colonnade

Tržní kolonáda (Market Colonnade)

The colonnade was built from wood in 1883 following the design of F Fellner and H Helmer. There are 3 spring outlets situated in the colonnade. The Charles IV spring is decorated with a relief showing the discovery of the Hot Spring.

Castle Spa

Zámecké lázně (Castle Spa)

The spa is located above the Market Colonnade. The original Art Nouveau colonnade was rebuilt into a modern spa complex in 2001. A stone carved relief showing the protector of the spring is situated inside the spa.

Hot Spring Colonnade

Hot Spring Colonnade

Hot Spring Colonnade

Vřídelní kolonáda (Hot Spring Colonnade)

The colonnade was built in 1975 above the warmest of the Karlovy Vary Springs, the Hot Spring (73°C). The basement of the colonnade houses premises where the Hot Spring is contained and where the technical equipment for the distribution of mineral water into the spa buildings is located. The basement also houses a viewing route of the underground of the spring, and premises used for creating stone effects on the traditional souvenirs from Karlovy Vary.

Roman Catholic Church of St Mary Magdalene

Roman Catholic Church of St Mary Magdalene

 

Římskokatolický kostel sv. Maří Magdalény (Roman Catholic Church of St Mary Magdalene)

This church is the most significant, the oldest and the most beautiful preserved landmark of Karlovy Vary. It was completed in Baroque style in 1736 by the architect K. I. Diezenhofer and it boasts the most wonderful Baroque interior. One can visit the basement of the church to see the original crypt, chapel and the thermal tuff and granite.

Pupp

Pupp

Grandhotel Pupp

This is the oldest and best known hotel in Karlovy Vary, more than 300 years old. The founder of the Pupp hotel dynasty was Johann Georg Pupp in 1786. Nowadays there are two hotel complexes, the Parkhotel and the Grand Hotel and a ceremonial hall of 1907 built by architects Fellner and Helmer. It used to be the most popular meeting place for the nobility and other important visitors. Even today Pupp is the place where ceremonial concerts, balls, festivals, congresses, cultural and political events take place. It is also sought after by royalty and celebrities.

Orthodox Church of St Peter and Paul

Orthodox Church of St Peter and Paul

Pravoslavný kostel sv. Petra a Pavla (Orthodox Church of St Peter and Paul)

The church is located in the spa area of the town called the Westend. The building from 1897 was built in the Russian Byzantine style and belongs to the architectural gems of Karlovy Vary. The onion domes of the church and the exquisitely decorated interior and richly ornamented icons are more than impressive. They were mostly donated by Russian spa guests. This is one of the most beautiful Orthodox churches west of Moscow. It was built by the Frantiskovy Lazne architect G Wiedermann.

Municipal Theatre

Municipal Theatre

Municipal Theatre

Městské divadlo (Municipal Theatre)

The theatre was built in 1886 in Pseudo Rococo style by architects F Fellner and H Helmer. This is one of the most famous theatre buildings designed by these renowned architects who during their careers designed altogether 18 theatres across Europe. The richly decorated interior, sculpture work, and in particular painting work rank it amongst the gems of the spa town. The most important work of art is the drop curtain created by Gustav and Franz Matsche from Vienna.

Imperial

Imperial

This prominent feature of the spa town was built in 1912 and it belongs to the best known and the most prominent of the spa buildings. One can reach the building by a funicular from the Theatre Square.

Imperial Spa - Spa I

Imperial Spa - Spa I

Císařské lázně – Lázně I (Imperial Spa - Spa I)

external appearance reminds us of the pleasant theatre architecture of the Viennese architects Fellner and Helmer who built the building in 1895 in the architectural style of historicism and Art Nouveau. This used to be the grandest spa building in Karlovy Vary. The ground floor houses an apartment referred to as the Imperial bath designed solely for the Emperor himself. On the first floor there is the wonderful Zander Hall used for important social and cultural events. The two large pictures on the landing show important visitors who came to Karlovy Vary at various times.