The octagonal wooden columnar arbour was built above the newly captured spring below Bernardova skála (Bernard's Rock) between the Mill Colonnade and Lázně III (Spa III) in 1865. The seep of the spring, which has been known as the Freedom Spring since 1946, is located directly in the arbour on the main spa promenade and it is the frequent stop of visitors coming to Karlovy Vary. More history
Facts about the Freedom Spring Arbour
Structure type: Octagonal wooden columnar arbour
Location: Near Lázně III (Spa III) on the left bank of the Teplá River in the spa centre of Karlovy Vary
Period of construction: 1865
Official opening: 1865
Springs: Pramen Svoboda (Freedom Spring)
Accessibility: Freely accessible
How to get there
Route 1: You may reach the Freedom Spring Arbour 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 Lázně III (Spa III). The seep of the Freedom Spring is located in the wooden arbour. The short walk through the spa centre is approximately 600 metres long and takes about 10 minutes.
Route 2: The second alternative is to travel by Bus No. 1 or Bus No. 4 from the "Tržnice" (Market) city bus terminal to the "Lázně III" (Spa III) terminal stop. From there, walk about 200 metres across Lázeňský most (Spa Bridge) over the Teplá River and continue along Mlýnské nábřeží (Mill Embankment) and Lázně III (Spa III) directly to the arbour.
The spring was originally called Lázeňský pramen (Spa Spring), it subsequently bore the name of Emperor Franz Joseph I, and it has been known under its present name since 1946. The spring is freely accessible all year round and its temperature is 62.4°C.