Location: In the inner courtyard of Vojenský lázeňský ústav (Army Spa Institution) in the spa centre of Karlovy Vary
Year of creation: 1890
Author: Tomáš Seidan
Date of unveiling: 1890
Accessibility: Not accessible
How to get there
Route 1: You may reach the Army Spa Institution 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) all the way to Dvořákovy sady (Dvořák's Park). 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 across Lázeňský most (Spa Bridge) over the Teplá River and to the Army Spa Institution.
History of the monument
The bust of the reputed Karlsbad spa physician, Dr. Gallus Ritter von Hochberger,created by Prague sculptor Tomáš Seidan in 1890 had originally stood on the site of the former shooting range and the present day Alžbětiny lázně or Lázně V (Elizabeth Baths, Spa V). The monument was made upon the order of the Imperial Sharpshooter Union in honour of their honorary hetman. After the shooting range had been closed down, the bust was relocated into the inner courtyard of Vojenský lázeňský ústav (Army Spa Institution), the building of which was initiated by Dr. Gallus Hochberger.
Dr. Hochberger began his career as a general practitioner, spa physician and town physicist in Karlovy Vary in 1830. For his lifelong efforts, Dr. Gallus Hochberger was awarded the honorary title of Court Counsel, the Order of the Iron Crown 3rd class, and he was raised to knighthood by the Austro-Hungarian Emperor. He also actively participated in public and political life.
The diorite bust stands on a high pedestal made of burnished granite. Unfortunately, because the courtyard serves only to the guests of the Army Spa Institution, the monument is not accessible to the general public.
Mlýnské nábřeží 574/7
Bust of Gallus Hochberger
Mlýnské nábřeží 574/7