Location: In Dvořákovy sady (Dvořák's Park) in the spa centre of Karlovy Vary
Year of creation: 1974
Author: Karel Kuneš
Date of unveiling: 7 September 1974
Accessibility: Freely accessible
How to get there
Route 1: You may reach Dvořák's monument in Dvořákovy sady (Dvořák's Park) if you walk from the Hot Spring in the spa centre along the left bank of the Teplá River, walk past Mlýnská kolonáda (Mill Colonnade) and Vojenský lázeňský ústav (Army Spa Institution). This route, which offers a pleasant walk through the city centre, is approximately 800 metres long and it will take you about 15 minutes.
Route 2: The second alternative is to travel by Bus No. 1 or Bus No. 4 from the "Tržnice" (Market) stop to the "Lázně III" (Spa III) terminal stop. From there, walk about 150 metres across Lázeňský most (Spa Bridge) over the Teplá River and continue along Vojenský lázeňský ústav (Army Spa Institution) to the monument.
History of the monument
The monument of one of the most famous Czech composers in the world, Antonín Dvořák, created by local sculptor Karel Kuneš in 1974 stands in Dvořákovy sady (Dvořák's Park) in the spa district of Karlovy Vary. It commemorates Dvořák's seven stays at the spa between 1879 and 1894 and the European premiere of his New World Symphony at Poštovní dvůr (Postal Court) in 1894.
Architect Adolf Petr, who also designed the landscaping of the surrounding park, collaborated on the architectonic design of the monument. The unveiling ceremony took place on 7 September 1974 within the Dvořák's Autumn Music Festival, namely at the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the composer's death. In its time, it was the first monument to Antonín Dvořák unveiled on the territory of Czechoslovakia and perhaps in the world.