Location: In the park in front of Parkhotel Richmond in the southern outskirts of Karlovy Vary
Year of creation: 1947
Author: Břetislav Werner
Date of unveiling: 17 October 1948
Accessibility: Freely accessible
How to get there
Route 1: You may reach Mickiewicz's bust if you walk from the Hot Spring in the city centre upstream along the right bank of the Teplá River to Grandhotel Pupp where you will continue up Goethova stezka (Goethe's Path) to the park in front of Parkhotel Richmond. You will find the monument at the edge of the park not far from the crossroads. This route, which offers a pleasant walk through the city centre, is approximately 1.5 kilometres long and it will take you about half an hour.
Route 2: The second alternative is to travel by Bus No. 2 or Bus No. 7 from the "Tržnice" (Market) stop to the "Richmond" stop by the Art Gallery. From there, you will walk only 50 metres through the park to the monument.
History of the monument
The original bust of the renowned Polish Romantic writer and poet, Adam Mickiewicz, created by Polish sculptor Tadeusz Barącz and seated on a pedestal made by stone mason Jan Cingroš from Plzeň was installed in the park in front of Parkhotel Richmond in 1897.
The monument was made upon the order of spa guests from Poland in memory of Adam Mickiewicz's stay at the spa in 1829. The monument was probably damaged during the first half of the 20th century. After World War II, the original bust was replaced by a smaller bust, which was made of bronze by local painter and sculptor Břetislav Werner in 1947. The unveiling ceremony of the new monument took place on 17 October 1948.
The bronze bust stands on a pedestal made of red Swedish polished granite. The pedestal is decorated with a bronze relief of a harp, a goose quill, and a flower bouquet that represent an allegory of art. In the park, you may also visit a monument dedicated to Ludwig van Beethoven, Alois Klein's Arbour with the Štěpánka spring, or the Japanese Garden.