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Hot Spring Colonnade in Karlovy Vary

 

Category: Spa Architecture Region: Karlovy Vary and its surroundings Town: Karlovy Vary

 

The functionalist structure of the Hot Spring Colonnade (Vřídelní kolonáda) was built between 1969 and 1975. However, it was preceded by several other buildings housing the richest and warmest spring of Karlovy Vary, the Hot Spring (Vřídlo). The first Baroque building from the 16th century was superseded by an Empire colonnade. After its demolition, a cast-iron structure was built and later on replaced by a makeshift wooden colonnade. Surprising for most of the visitors is the fact that the most interesting part of this building can be found underground. Under the floor of the colonnade are placed pumps, distribution and thermal regulation systems of thermal water. Another place you can visit under the Hot Spring Colonnade is the rooms where aragonite slowly covers the Karlovy Vary souvenirs. To see the Hot Spring underground with a guide, purchase your guided tour tickets in the hall.

Hot Spring Colonnade underground excursion

Hot Spring Underground Excursion Route You may experience an interesting excursion in the Hot Spring Colonnade underground, which will take you through the process of thermal tuff coating used for the making of traditional souvenirs from Karlovy Vary. You may also see thermal mineral water seeps, rare organisms living in localities washed by thermal mineral water, pipelines from the 20th century with thermal tuff sediments, collections of sinters and thermal tuff, as well as other interesting things.

Springs:

  • Hot Spring (Vřídlo)
 

Opening hours

Opening Hours - Hot Spring colonnade

April 15- October 31.  6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
November 1- April 14.  6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

 
Hot Spring Underground  -Opening Hours

3 Jan 2012 – 8 Jan Tue – Sun 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
8 Jan 2012 – 30 Apr  Closed Closed
1 May 2012 – 30 Jun Tue, Thu – Sun 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
1 Jun 2012 – 30 Sep Mon – Sun 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

 

Admission fee

Admission Fee

  • Basic CZK 80
  • Children to 15 years CZK 40
  • Foreign-language commentary CZK 160

Excursion tickets may be purchased at the stand in the Hot Spring Hall

 
 
 
 

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Official Guide of the Karlovy Vary Region

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