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13 - The Löschner vista point

A small gazebo was built on one of the rock promontories above a bend of the Ohře (Eger) River in the period from the 1870s to the 1880s. The elevated spot with a vantage point was named after Dr. Josef Löschner (Löschner-Höhe).

 Josef Wilhelm Freiherr von Löschner (7 May 1809, Kadaň – 19 April 1888, Velichov) was a Czech doctor and the first professor of balneology at the Charles-Ferdinand University in Prague. In 1862 he even became rector. At the same time, he also worked as the personal doctor of some noted personalities such as Emperors Ferdinand I and Franz Joseph I or composer Bedřich Smetana. In 1864, he purchased an estate and mansion in Velichov. It was he who inspired Heinrich Mattoni to purchase Kyselka and to newly develop the local baths. He was ennobled in 1870 for his efforts. A world-famous spa resort was born in Kyselka thanks to his advice and publicity. In 1884, a monument was therefore unveiled in his honour in the park between Henry’s Court (Jindřichův dvůr) and the Spa Restaurant (Lázeňská restaurace). He was laid to eternal rest in the family tomb in Velichov.

The small gazebo at the Löschner vantage point was designed as a romantic style wooden gloriette on a circular ground plan. Simple columns supported a conical roof. Of the original gazebo, only the foundation masonry of the oval-shaped terrace has survived to the present day.