Teplice Things to Do

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    Sanovsky Park

    by german_eagle Written Jun 27, 2015

    You can guess it from the name of the park: It is located in Teplice-Sanov (Teplitz-Schönau), the former separate, easternmost spa district of the town. Walking down Lipova st. you see beautifully designed flower beds at first (pics 1, 2), to the right is historic Kamenne Lazne (Steinbad) spa resort (pic 3). The main attractions in the park are some sculptures, among them the odd horse on its back (pic 4), the thermal spring (pic 5), where the water has about 40° C / 104 F, and there's a bandshell in the centre where you can listen to free concerts in the afternoon (see separate Local Custom tip.)

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    Hradek Letna

    by german_eagle Written Jun 26, 2015

    This villa on Letna hill in the style of a little castle goes back to a building erected in 1897 and named "Kaiser-Franz-Josef-Warte" (after the Hapsburg Emperor). Architect was Gustav Jirsch. It quickly became a very popular place for fine dining, symphonic concerts in the garden cafe and was famous for the views from the viewing tower. After 1945 fell apart and only in 2007 started the reconstruction. Nowadays it is again an upscale restaurant with a viewing tower.

    The 25 m tall tower is free (donations welcome), open daily 11 - 22 h. The panoramic views are fantastic. Pic 2 shows the view of Doubravska hora with castle/hotel (left) and Ceske stredohori (Bohemian mid-range mountains) with its talles mountain, Milesovka 837 m, on the right. Pic 3 has the view of Teplice in the foreground (catholic church St. Elizabeth) and the Krusne Hory (Erzgebirge/Ore mountains, Komari hurka 809 m) in the background. Pic 4 shows the indoor/outdoor tennis courts on Letna hill, the spire of ev. Bartholomew church and again the Krusne Hory (Erzgebirge/Ore mountains) in the background. Pic 5 shows the park on Letna hill in the foreground and again the Krusne Hory (Erzgebirge/Ore mountains, Loucna 956 m) in the background, which form the border to Germany for about 120 km.

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    Havlickovy sady

    by german_eagle Written Jun 23, 2015

    This park is the link between the spa area in old town Teplice (with original spring etc.) and the spa area in Teplice-Sanov (Teplitz-Schönau), which was originally a separate town. Havlickovy sady stretch from Cisarske Lazne (Imperial Spa resort, see separate tip) with the former cemetery area, where you find an old - now profaned - chapel and hotel Richmond with Casino. Close to the chapel are the grave of German writer J. G. Seume (pic 3) and a monument for him (pic 2). When I visited they had an exhibit in the chapel (free) of pictures painted by handicapped people - pretty good (and moving).

    Farther east is a monument commemorating the Soviet Red Army (pic 4), obviously from after 1945, which liberated Teplice from the Nazis. It's an ugly, artistically unimportant monument, but with its pathos and typical style interesting on the other hand. At the far southeastern corner, on a rock high above the valley that separates this park from Letna hill, is villa Olympic, an impressive 19th century villa built in eclectic style. It is home of the hotel school now.

    Along the northern side of Havlickovy sady runs Lipova street, lined with beautiful and mostly renovated townhouses from the 19th century (pic 5). See my restaurant tip "Cafe u Dedouska" and the Off the beaten Path tip on the monument for the synagogue as well.

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    Cisarske Lazne (Imperial Spa resort)

    by german_eagle Written Jun 21, 2015

    This four-star spa resort was built in 1854 and later named after Hapsburg Emperor Franz Josef I. It is located at the eastern end of Divadelni park at the foot of Letna hill and park. Under the arcades at the front are monuments reminding of the visits of Russian Tsars Peter I. and Alexander.

    This is apparently the leading spa resort in Teplice. The beautiful historic decoration is still relatively well preserved, there are restaurant/cafe, pool, wellness/spa area in the building.

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    Zamecka zahrada (castle garden)

    by german_eagle Written Jun 21, 2015

    The castle garden, south of the castle (now museum), is Teplice's largest park. It always belonged to the castle, in the late 18th century they started redesigning it as an English style park. There are a big pond with fountain in the middle, benches at viewing places (pic 4) and a wooden "swan house" (pic 2), and a small pond closer to the castle. All over the park you find Baroque statues (pic 1), monuments (Mozart monument!) and buildings like the classicistic Apollo temple (pic 3) and the Garden house (pic 5) e.g. Promenades and walkways lead you through the park, alternating between lawns and wooded areas providing shade on hot summer days.

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    Deanery church St. John Baptist

    by german_eagle Updated Jun 20, 2015

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    This church is located at the eastern end of the beautiful square called Zamecke namesti. It was built in the 12th century, the tower was added 1594. In the years 1700 - 1703 the entire church was reconstructed in Baroque style to commemorate a plague epidemic that spared Teplice. There are paintings by Peter Johann Brandl und Wenzel Lorenz Reiner in the church, also epitaphs for noble families, like the Wchynsky, Aldringen und Clary-Aldringen.

    The rich interior in Baroque and Roccoco style is well worth seeing. Unfortunately you cannot get in and walk around, only a look through the open door is allowed.

    western facade with tower from 1594 eastern facade, remains of 12th century arch. a look inside the church main altar
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    Holy Trinity column

    by german_eagle Updated Jun 20, 2015

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    Such columns are in almost every bigger Czech town ... but this one is particularly beautiful. It is a work of famous Baroque sculptor M. B. Braun from 1718 - 19 and one of his best ones. The column is on Teplice's most beautiful square, Zamecke namesti, in front of Hotel Prince de Ligne.

    Like Holy Trinity column, the church in the back of the square (St. John) was also reconstructed to commemorate the same plague epidemic which spared Teplice and its people.

    Holy Trinity column
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    The original thermal spring

    by german_eagle Updated Jun 20, 2015

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    The so called "Urquelle" (primary spring, the water is actually brought up by a pumping station) is located only a few steps from Zamecke namesti, next to the Deanery church in the back of Beethoven spa complex. The spring was first mentioned in the 12th century. The present construction is from 1879 and 51 m deep.

    The thermal water comes out with a temperature of 42 Celsius. It is used in a couple of spa centres.

    original spring the pumping station the pumping station Backside of Beethoven spa complex
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    Kamenne lazne (Steinbad)

    by german_eagle Updated Jun 20, 2015

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    A walk to the gardens east of the city centre, best along Lipova street, is highly recommended. When entering the district Sanov you'll see this beautiful building called Kamenne lazne ("Steinbad" in German), right at Sanovsky park. It is a spa hotel/sanatorium, built in 1911 and an excellent example for the typical Neo-Baroque and Art Nouveau architecture of that time. It is still used as spa hotel, has a three star rating and you can have a coffee and cake in their historic "Sissi" cafe (the name refers to Hapbsburg Empress Elisabeth). On my most recent visit in 2015 the historic cafe (upstairs) was unfortunately closed, because they served coffee and cake on the terrace - for once I regretted the nice weather!

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    Divadelni Park

    by german_eagle Updated Jun 20, 2015

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    This one is one of the most beautiful parks/gardens in Teplice. It is (re)named after the adjoining theatre (divadlo), on my previous visit it was still named "Lazensky sad" (spa garden). The park is located between the Beethoven spa centre, Mirove namesti, theatre and Cisarske lazne (Emperor's spa hotel). This is where most people enjoy their walks, just sit and watch or read or whatever they do.

    The park is nicely designed with alternating flower beds, lawns, trees, fountains and little architectures/sculptures. There are plenty of benches to sit and rest, do some people watching. I just wish they would take better care of the park, the asphalt on the walkways was in poor condition, with holes and swellings, on others weed grew between the tiles. Also, some of the water basins of the fountains were painted with unnatural blue colour - odd.

    garden and Beethoven spa centre rosarium with theatre
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    Castle and museum

    by german_eagle Updated Jun 20, 2015

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    The dominating building at the Zamecke namesti in the southern old town is the castle. It was built 1585 - 1635 on the ruins of the Benedictine monastery from the 12th century. In 1751 and then again in the early 19th century it was reconstructed, so that it appears as a building of the Empire style nowadays.

    The castle is home of the Regional Museum. Opening hours are daily except Monday from 10 - 12 and 13 - 17 h. The exhibitions are well worth to see and contain about 750'000 pieces. These are works of art, books, pieces found at regional archeological sites, zoological collections etc.

    Update (2015): The museum can be visited with guided tours only, four different routes that include different rooms/exhibits are available, at different times and only at the full hour. You can check out the different tours on their website and depending on your interests pick one. However, you can never see everything. The exhibit on the Romanesque relics including a visit of the Romanesque crypt in the courtyard was supposed to be open, but I found the door to be closed (separate building in the back.) No photography, strictly enforced! All in all a somewhat unsatisfactory visit, I must say. Admission 50 Kc (about 2 Euro), exhibits plus 30 Kc, Romanesque exhibit would be extra 40 Kc.

    the castle (seen from the garden) castle, western facade main building, facade to Zamecke namesti (right) entrance hall building with Romanesque exhibit
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    Castle Church

    by german_eagle Written Jan 8, 2006

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    Attached to the castle you see the castle church. It was built 1568 in late Gothic style and restored in Neo-Gothic style 1798 - 1806. Nowadays it is home of the orthodox community in Teplice.

    Although you cannot go inside you can have a look through the open main door at the western facade. As you can see on my pic #3 it is very bright and quite beautiful.

    The remains of the Benedictine abbey church (a Romanesque crypt) are to see in the garden south of the castle church, best option is to join a guided tour in the castle.

    western facade of the castle church castle church from the east inside the castle church
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