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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.
Updated Sep 4, 2007
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.
Updated Jan 2, 2007
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.
Updated Jan 2, 2007