Spring site: Market Colonnade
Location: On the left bank of the Teplá River in the historical centre of Karlovy Vary
Date of first interception: 1838
Yield: 4.9 litres per minute
CO2 content: 500 mg per litre
Accessibility: Freely accessible
How to get there
Route 1: You may reach the Market Colonnade if you walk from the Hot Spring in the spa centre across Jánský most (Jánský Bridge) to Tržiště (Market) Street. The spring seep is located inside the promenade premises of the Market Colonnade. 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) city bus terminal to the "Divadelní náměstí" (Theatre Square) terminal stop. From there, follow Route 1 across Jánský most (Jánský Bridge) to Tržiště (Market) Street.
The spring was uncovered during construction work on the site of the medieval marketplace below Zámecká věž (Castle Tower) in April 1838. It was here where the first baths of Karlsbad used to stand as early as in the 16th century. Since its first interception, the spring has repeatedly vanished and reappeared. The spring was ultimately captured after several deep wells had been drilled. The spring was subsequently drawn in the basement of the Marktbrunn House, which was pulled down in 1904. -It was replaced by an extension of the wooden Market Colonnade, which was constructed in Swiss style between the years 1882 and 1884.
Today, the spring rises in the semi-circular apse of the Market Colonnade, which has become a popular venue for concerts due to its excellent acoustics.