Teplice is a town with some absolutely beautiful gardens. While the gardens in the spa area, which stretches from Beethoven spa centre to Neubad/Nove lazne, are designed and please the visitor's eyes with blooming flowers, statues, fountains etc. there are also large gardens in "English" style - in the back of the castle and on top of Letna hill as well as Janackovy sady on the hill above Kamenny lazne.
Zamecke namesti/castle square
Watch out that you do not miss the oldest part of Teplice! If you arrive by train or bus you have to cross the centre of the town (with town hall and market square) to get to Zamecke namesti/castle square.
This square is really beautiful. The castle at the southern side, two churches at the eastern, old townhouses at the northern side and finally the wonderful hotel Prince de Ligne at the western side. The landmark, however, is the Baroque St. Trinity column in the centre. An ensemble, grown over centuries and very picturesque.
Buildings in Teplice have quite a variety of architectural styles to offer. You can see remains of the Romanesque church in the garden of the castle, the town hall and parts of the castle and the neighbouring churches provide some Gothic relicts, there is a few Renaissance and Baroque as well.
Most parts of the town, however, are excellent examples for ensembles of Empire style, classicistic architecture, and also examples of the Neo-styles of the 19th century are well preserved. Some of my favourites are the Art Nouveau townhouses.
Getting in and out of Teplice you'll also notice (and also from viewpoints in the centre) the large and ugly apartment blocks in the suburbs, erected in the communist era. Don't let these spoil your visit.
Hiking in Adrsbach
The Rocks have their specific charm in each season of the year. In spring they awake with wildflowers, in hot summer the Rocks gorges provide pleasant shadow. In autumn the leaves turn yellow and red and finally, when winter comes, the Rocks become covered with twinkling snow.
This Rocks is very popular among climbers as well as walkers.
The 3.5 km long Great Adrspach Rocks Loop is marked with green marks. Follow the mark from the entrance past the Jug and The Sugar Loaf. Following the Metuje Creek flowing through the whole Rock Town you will soon reach the artifical Gothic Gate. Walking along sinous bridges and boardwalks you will cross the Elefant Square. You can walk further along a wide sand-covered trail to the Small Fall ant the Lake Junction. After a scenic cruise on the Lake, you can return back to the Small Fall following the same trail. Then you can take the path leading through the so called -new part- of the Rocks embracing some of the famous rock formations and spires in the area. Steep stairs will lead you to several gorgeous vista points. The loop around the Lake is 1.5km long.
When exploring the Rock area you can also see remote villages with their typical folklore architecture and beautiful churches or you can visit the border towns of Broumov and Police nad Metuij. And you can visit neighbouring Poland.
It is plenty of cheap accomodation in the area and food are cheap and delicat. This walk is easy so no need for any special equipment.
If you are climbing you need your gear.
Teplice plague column.
Teplice is an industrial city located midway between Prague and Dresden, which like Karlovy Vary is well known for its spa treatments. Not on the tourist map but worth a short visit for those either enroute between Prague and Dresden, or seeking spa therapy.
The city Bubonic Plague column sits in front of a beautiful Bohemian art noveau building. Plague columns dedicated to God for sparing survivors from the wrath of Europe's deadliest disease of the Gothic and Renaissance era, are the dominant feature of many city squares in central Europe. The Teplice city square and many other city squares throughout Europe, were built over mass graves for hundreds of Plague victims. It was necessary to bury the victims quickly to limit spread of the disease. The plague columns also served as common grave markers for all of the victims buried below them.