Spring site: Park Colonnade
Location: On the left bank of the Teplá River in the spa centre of Karlovy Vary
Date of first interception: 2001
Yield: 1.8 litres per minute
CO2 content: 1600 mg per litre
Accessibility: Freely accessible
How to get there
Route 1: You may reach the Snake Spring at the Park Colonnade in Dvořákovy sady (Dvořák Park) 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) and Vojenský lázeňský ústav (Army Spa Institution). This route, which offers a pleasant walk through the city centre, is approximately 800 metres long and it will take you about 15 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 150 metres across Lázeňský most (Spa Bridge) over the Teplá River and continue along the Army Spa Institution to the Park Colonnade.
The Snake Spring is the most recent spring made accessible to the public in Karlovy Vary so far. The spring was diverted to the premises of the southwestern pavilion of the Park Colonnade during a reconstruction of the promenade in 2001. The snake-shaped column, through which the spring rises, is decorated at the top with a vase with snake-like handles.
The name of the spring is derived from grass snakes that had inhabited areas behind the colonnades in large numbers. The Snake Spring contains less minerals than other springs but is considerably richer in carbon dioxide. Since its opening, it has become very popular among the spa guests.