Teplice Off The Beaten Path

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    St. Elizabeth (Kostel Sv. Alžběty Uherské)

    by german_eagle Updated Aug 17, 2015

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    This catholic church, located just a few steps north of Sanovsky park, is dedicated to St. Elizabeth of Thuringia. It was built 1864 - 77 in neo-Gothic style. Architect was H. Ferstel. It is a hall-type church, the interior also in neo-Gothic style (said my guide book). Unfortunately it was not open (and I guess it is only accessible for mass), but the exterior is quite impressive and worth a little detour.

    UPDATE: On another day trip in August 2015 I was able to sneak in after mass. See pic 5! Nice neogothic interior, indeed.

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    Nam. Svobody (Freedom square)

    by german_eagle Written Jun 27, 2015

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    One of the main squares in the old town is nam. Svobody (Freedom square). It is just a few steps north from picturesque castle square, so the difference is striking: Not much of the historic nam. Svobody is left. The western side is overbuilt with an ugly complex from the communist era, on the southern and eastern sides are modern shopping centres (pic 1). Most of the square is a parking lot, except for the tiny area around the historic fountain (pic 3). From the fountain in northern direction you have the best view (pic 2): The town hall goes back to 1545, but was reconstructed later and another wing was added also in pseudo-historic style (pics 4, 5).

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    St. Bartholomew (Kostel sv. Bartoloměje)

    by german_eagle Written Jun 27, 2015

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    This ev. church is one of the landmarks in Teplice - it sits on a terrace high above the the city, between the old town and the spa district Teplice-Sanov. The church was built according to plans of Friedrich August Stüler, one of Berlin's leading architects in his era, in the years 1861-64. The style is typical Neo-Romanesque, modelled after old Italian basilica-type churches. An impressive staircase leads up to the eastern facade with arcades and a large rose window. The tall campanile is visible from all over the city, pic 5 was taken from Letna park e.g.

    Sadly, the church was closed when I visited. Even worse, it is fenced off down by the staircase so you cannot even walk up to the arcaded facade.

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    Holocaust monument

    by german_eagle Written Jun 26, 2015

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    About half way at Lipova st. you see a little pavillion on the northern side, marking the place where once the synagogue of Teplice was. It commemorates all the victims of the Holocaust, "6 million Jews, murdered by the Nazis in the years 1938 - 1945". The synagogue was built 1882, destroyed by Nazis in the night of 14/15 November 1939.

    You might wonder why a synagogue in the Czech Republic was destroyed in the pogroms of November 1939. Remember, you're in Sudeten region in Teplice, where the overwhelming majority was German. As result of the Treaty of Munich (1938) Germany occupied the Sudeten region in October 1938, so these pogroms happened in Teplice as well. After 1945 the old border was restored, of course, and Teplice (like all the Sudeten districts) became part of Czechoslovakia again.

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    Letna hill

    by german_eagle Written Jun 26, 2015

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    After strolling through the beautiful parks and gardens in Teplice, enjoying the blooming flowers, the fountains, sculptures and monuments, you will wonder whether it's worth the effort climbing up the flight of steps to Letna hill just behind Cisarske Lazne spa resort (pic 1), only to see another park. And you're right, the park is nothing memorable, just a wooded area with paths, benches (pic 2), the ruins of a former restaurant in style of a castle (pic 3).

    However, I did walk up (ugh!) and was rewarded with beautiful views of the city and the Kruse hory/Erzgebirge mountains (pic 4) plus found the recently reconstructed villa Hradek Letna on top (pic 5), which is a restaurant with viewing tower (free), offering fantastic panoramic views. Please see my To Do tip on Hradek Letna!

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    Teplice - my tour of the public schools

    by hundwalder Updated Sep 4, 2007

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    The weather was a perfect 10 on the April day that I toured the northern Bohemian spa city of Teplice. I was drinking a cold Budvar pivo ( beer ) while also drinking in the fascinating sites, when all of a sudden I found myself standing in front of a large and magnificent school building completely surrounded by young healthy looking students. The students were dressed in shorts and tee shirts, in stark contrast to the stoic school uniforms that their parents wore during the Communist era. I wonder if they felt the same way that I once did about going to school on beautiful Spring days. I am certain of it. If any of them were studying architecture or city planning they did not need to travel far to see some good examples.

    This school buiding was once part of the enormous sprawling Teplice chateau or castle area. The early Baroque / late Renaissance architecture of the well built and well preserved building gave away its age of about 400 years.

    Teplice is on the highway connecting Prague with Dresden, and makes an excellent rest stop for those driving from one of these major cities to the other. By the way the highways of the Czech Republic are excellent.

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    Teplice - Interesting church and bell tower.

    by hundwalder Updated Jan 2, 2007

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    This church is located in the zamek ( chateau ) area of Teplice. The simple architecture is a refreshing break from that of most churches in the area. No dizzying spires and no gargoyles; just simple but pleasant designs. The church is commonly known as the castle church because of its location at the castle or chateau complex. The church is not old by European standards but is well worth a short and relaxing visit.

    Teplice is a popular stop for spa treatments. Just north of Teplice is the appropriately named town of Dubi, which is popular for another kind of treatment offered mainly by underage prostitutes from Russia and Ukraina. Dubi is and interesting town to visit if only for a few minutes.

    By sure to stop in Teplice for a couple of hours if you are driving between Dresden and Prague. There is no detour. Teplice is on the highway connecting Prague and Dresden. Parking is plentiful. Good dining and beer drinking at prices you will love. An excellent place to buy bohemian crystal.

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    Teplice plague column.

    by hundwalder Updated Jan 2, 2007

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    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.

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