Walking Tour 13
Zámecký vrch (Castle Hill), Stará Louka (Old Meadow) Funicular, Diana Observation Tower
|Duration||2 400 m|
|Consumption of energy: (70 kg)||808 kJ|
|Consumption of energy: (80 kg)||925 kJ|
Zámecký vrch (Castle Hill)
Walk up Sovova stezka (Sova's Path) to the upper edge of the meadow above Křižíkova Street. Turn left and continue up along Chata Lesní pobožnosti (Forest Devotion Lodge) and Chata Přátelství (Friendship Lodge) to the Diana Observation Tower (funicular station).
Stará Louka (Old Meadow) Funicular
The funicular with its upper terminal station at Výšina přátelství (Friendship Height) is 451.60 metres long (measured along the gradient) and it started operating on 5 August 1912 during the heyday of the spa. It was designed by renowned mountain railway expert H. H. Peter from Zurich, Switzerland. Before the funicular was built, spa guests used to travel up the steep hills surrounding Karlovy Vary in donkey-driven carts or directly on the donkeys' backs.
Diana Observation Tower
The Diana Observation Tower is 35 m high and its construction was completed in 1914. Despite being originally named the Friendship Observation Tower, it has gradually become known as the Diana.