The original Zámecká kolonáda (Castle Colonnade) was built between the years 1910 and 1912 in Art Nouveau style according to the design of Viennese architect Johann Friedrich Ohmann. In the early 21st century, the Castle Colonnade was converted into the Zámecké lázně (Castle Spa) Spa and Wellness Centre, which is currently not accessible to the general public. The sinter relief of the Spirit of the Springs is also accessible only to the Castle Spa guests. Nevertheless, the arbour with the Upper Castle Spring remains open to the public and the Lower Castle Spring has been diverted to the Market Colonnade. More history
Facts about the Castle Colonnade
Structure type: Stone colonnade built in Art Nouveau style
Location: On the left bank of the Teplá River in the historical centre of Karlovy Vary
Period of construction: Between 1910 and 1912
Architect: Johann Friedrich Ohmann
Official opening: 1912
Springs: Dolní zámecký pramen (Lower Castle Spring) and Horní zámecký pramen (Upper Castle Spring)
Accessibility: Partially accessible
How to get there
Route 1: You may reach the Castle Colonnade if you walk from the Hot Spring in the spa centre across Jánský most (Jánský Bridge) to Tržiště (Market) Street where you will climb up Zámecký vrch (Castle Hill) to the former colonnade. The Upper Castle Spring is located in a round columnar arbour. This short walk is approximately 200 metres long and takes about 5 minutes.
Route 2: If you decide for the second route, travel by Bus No. 2 from the "Tržnice" (Market) stop to the "Divadelní náměstí" (Theatre Square) terminal stop. From there, follow Route 1 to Tržiště (Market) and to the colonnade.
Lower Castle Spring
Zámecký pramen (Castle Spring) is divided into Horní zámecký pramen (Upper Castle Spring) and Dolní zámecký pramen (Lower Castle Spring), the temperatures of which differ due to the varying altitude of their seeps. Since the main seep of the Lower Castle Spring is accessible only to the guests of the Zámecké lázně (Castle Spa) Spa and Wellness Centre, the spring has been partially diverted to the Market Colonnade where it may be enjoyed by all spa visitors.
Upper Castle Spring
Zámecký pramen (Castle Spring) is divided into Horní zámecký pramen (Upper Castle Spring) and Dolní zámecký pramen (Lower Castle Spring), the temperatures of which differ due to the varying altitude of their seeps. The Upper Castle Spring was made accessible to the public for the first time in 1912 during the construction of the colonnade.