DO YOU KNOW THAT…
on 3 July 1786, Josef Thun Count of Děčín organized a game of chess as a tribute to the Duchess of Meiningen in the Pupp Alley, with 10 to 12- year- old girls and boys dressed in costumes and acting as live chess figures.
The chess players were Count Thun and Baron Josef Heinrich von Racknitz from Dresden, Saxony, a natural historian and author of a significant book on the geology of Carlsbad. Count Thun gave orders to the children to move across the huge chessboard spread with sand from the window of the Czech Hall (some sources indicate that hid did so by pointing his drawn sabre). Count Thun was renowned in many places, not just in Carlsbad, for entertaining his guests by launching air balloons.
In 1794, Count Frantisek Josef Thun started the Thun- Porcelain works in the region of Karlovy Vary.
It was the leading manufacturer in establishing the region as the „hearth of the white gold“in Europe. The quality of Thun-Porcelain was of such fame that it was chosen to become the Purveyor to the Imperial Court in Vienna. At the Grandhotel Pupp we serve you on several design lines of the current Thun production. Exceptional porcelain set with centuries-old tradition, named Bernadotte, can be admired at the Café Pupp. You can purchase one or more porcelain pieces in our Pupp Shop.