Mill Colonnade, Karlovy Vary

The Mill Colonnade is a large colonnade containing several hot springs in the spa town of Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic. The structure is one of the traditional symbols of the town.Design and receptionThe Neo-Renaissance structure has a nave, two aisles and measures 132m long by 13m wide. There are 124 Corinthian columns. Twelve statues representing the twelve months of the year sit above the portico. There is a raised orchestra space for the spa orchestra which plays regular, free concerts.Architect Josef Zítek, who also designed the National Theatre and Rudolfinum in Prague, designed the structure, which was built between 1871-1881. The original design called for a two level colonnade, but a lack of funds restricted it to one level. Construction proceeded very slowly and costs grew higher. The structure was initially reviled by critics and compared to a bed of carrots or a bowling alley; at the time it was finished, many believed it had blemished the center of town.The Mill Colonnade was extended in 1893 to include the Rock Spring. The structure was restored in 1982, and stone reliefs portraying historic moments in Karlovy Vary history were added to the orchestra space in 1995-1996. By 1949, the adjacent portion of the Tepla River was bridged over in front of the Mill Colonnade, creating a plaza.
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  • August 17, 2017
    The beautiful building with different hot springs..and you walk and try and learn something from history and walk and try and again and again :)  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    My daughter. Makes the scooter - amazing place... There are sources of people drink with their own cups. Memory of the city - impressive mega...
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  • August 12, 2017
    Well what can we say. This is perhaps the central place of Karlovy Vary (kV). Here are the main sources of drinking water. Vacationers come here and just walk. Beautiful location, close by the river Teplá. Snug. Offers to those conversations. Yes just sit on a bench and enjoy.
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  • June 10, 2017
    Beautiful architecture, with a great plaza in front. A lovely space to sit down, relax, and think about life sipping on your warm spring water.
  • June 4, 2017
    What a gorgeous place. Amazing for taking pictures and has couple minimal water sources to drink.
  • May 3, 2017
    Lots of tourists, even before the tourist season. Though it's quite peaceful - no cars allowed.
  • January 25, 2017
    It's terrific. You can find Wi-Fi here if you need
  • October 12, 2016
    Super ! The city is so colorful and beautiful 👌 If their weren't cars , it would seem like we traveled back in time.... this place gives you the taste from Mother Natures belly 👍 hot springs from miles down below.

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Where to stay in Karlovy Vary

One of Europe's most famous spa resorts, Karlovy Vary has a long history of welcoming visitors from all over the world. Many of the town's hotels serve as impressive historic structures dating back several centuries, and quite a few include on-site wellness and spa services. The majority of hotels and guesthouses sit in the center of the town, but the surrounding area also offers a good selection of lodgings, from hotels to campsites, in a more tranquil environment. In addition to its thermal waters, Karlovy Vary is known as one of Czech Republic's premium golfing destinations; keen golfers can stay just minutes away from some of its best courses.
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