The modern glass and reinforced concrete Vřídelní kolonáda (Hot Spring Colonnade) built in Functionalistic style in 1975 arches over the most popular spring in Karlovy Vary. The geyser of the Hot Spring is in a separate pavilion and it gushes to a height of up to 12 metres. The current building is already the third colonnade structure built on the site. The first Empire colonnade erected in 1826 was replaced by a magnificent cast-iron colonnade constructed in the years 1878 and 1879 according to the design of Viennese architects Fellner and Helmer. More history
Facts about the Hot Spring Colonnade
Structure type: Modern reinforced steel and concrete built in Functionalistic style
Location: On the right bank of the Teplá River in the centre of Karlovy Vary
Period of construction: 1975
Architect: Jaroslav Otruba
Official opening: 11 May 1975
Springs: Vřídlo (Hot Spring)
Accessibility: Accessible during opening hours
Hot Spring Colonnade opening hours:
Monday – Friday
09:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
How to get there
Route 1:The Hot Spring Colonnade is situated directly in the spa centre of Karlovy Vary above the Teplá River in the vicinity of Divadelní náměstí (Theatre Square).
Route 2: Bus No. 2 will take you from Tržnice (Market) city bus terminal to Divadelní náměstí (Theatre Square) in the spa centre. The Hot Spring Colonnade is only about 150 metres from the "Divadelní náměstí (Theatre Square) terminal bus stop.
Vřídlo (Hot Spring)
The geyser of Vřídlo gushing to a height of almost 12 metres is a unique natural phenomenon that has become the symbol of spa. As the thermal water is too hot for many patients, it is distributed into five spring bowls, marked A, B, and C, in which it is cooled to a temperature of 50 and 30°C in order to be suitable for the drinking cure.