Location: In front of Grandhotel Pupp in the southern part of the spa centre of Karlovy Vary
Date of foundation: 1895
Official opening: 1895
Accessibility: Freely accessible
How to get there
Route 1: You may reach Charles IV Park in front of the Imperial Spa if you walk from the Hot Spring in the spa centre along the Teplá River past Grandhotel Pupp. The short flat route through the historical part of the town is about 500 meters long and it will take you less than 10 minutes.
Route 2: If you decide for the second route, travel by Bus No. 2 from the "Tržnice (Market) city bus terminal to the "Lázně I" stop by the Imperial Spa. The bus stop is located in the vicinity of the park. You may also travel to the same stop by shuttle Bus No. 20. from the KOME park-and-ride car park. The bus line operates daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
History of the site
The municipal park known as Sady Karla IV. (Charles IV Park) was founded by the forefront of the new Pseudo-Renaissance spa building of Císařské lázně (Imperial Spa) built between 1893 and 1895 by Viennese architects Fellner and Helmer. In 1955, a monument of Emperor Charles IV by Prague academic sculptor Otakar Švec was unveiled on the park grounds. The park in front of the Imperial Spa with the statue of the founder of the town was to become the focal point of the spa town, reminding its visitor of its glorious history.
Today, the park is only rarely visited and it is rather neglected by the spa guests. The planned renovation of the Imperial Spa might, however, restore its former glory.