Location: In the park in front of Parkhotel Richmond in the southern part of Karlovy Vary
Year of creation: 1929
Author: Hugo Uher
Date of unveiling: 29 September 1929
Accessibility: Freely accessible
How to get there
Route 1: You may reach Beethoven's monument if you walk from the Hot Spring in the city centre upstream along the right bank of the Teplá River to Grandhotel Pupp where you will continue up Goethova stezka (Goethe's Path) to the park in front of Parkhotel Richmond. This route, which offers a pleasant walk through the city centre, is approximately 1.5 kilometres long and it will take you about half an hour.
Route 2: If you decide for the second route, travel by Bus No. 2 or Bus No. 7 from the "Tržnice" (Market) stop to the "Richmond" stop by the Art Gallery. From there, walk about 150 metres through the park to the monument.
History of the monument
The monumental statue dedicated to German composer Ludwig van Beethoven was installed in 1929 on the site of the former monument of Emperor Franz Joseph I in the park in front of Parkhotel Richmond in the southern part of the city. The monument is the most significant work of Karlovy Vary sculptor Hugo Uher. It was erected in memory of two spa stays of the musical genius in 1812 and Beethoven's charitable concert, which he performed on 6 August 1812 at the Czech Hall for the inhabitants of the spa town of Baden near Vienna devastated by a fire.
The unveiling ceremony took place on 29 September 1929.
The monumental memorial is a half-round granite monument with the bronze, above-life size statue of Ludwig van Beethoven. Experts consider the monument one of the world's most beautiful memorials to Beethoven. At the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the famous composer's visit to Karlovy Vary in 2012, allegorical relief panels, which had been removed in 1946, were re-installed on the monument.