Kašperské Hory

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Kašperské Hory
Town
Panorama view of the town
Panorama view of the town
Coat of arms of Kašperské Hory
Coat of arms
Kašperské Hory is located in Czech Republic
Kašperské Hory
Kašperské Hory
Location in the Czech Republic
Coordinates: 49°8′38″N 13°33′34″E / 49.14389°N 13.55944°E / 49.14389; 13.55944Coordinates: 49°8′38″N 13°33′34″E / 49.14389°N 13.55944°E / 49.14389; 13.55944
Country Czech Republic
RegionPlzeň
DistrictKlatovy
First mentioned1337
Government
 • MayorBohuslava Bernardová
Area
 • Total44.12 km2 (17.03 sq mi)
Elevation
758 m (2,487 ft)
Population
 (2020-01-01[1])
 • Total1,427
 • Density32/km2 (84/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
341 92
Websitewww.kasphory.cz

Kašperské Hory ([ˈkaʃpɛrskɛː ˈɦorɪ] (About this soundlisten); German: Bergreichenstein) is a town in the Plzeň Region of the Czech Republic. It has about 1,400 inhabitants. It lies in the Bohemian Forest Range, some 65 km (40 mi) south of the region's capital of Plzeň.

Kašperské Hory is also the seat of the Municipality with Commissioned Local Authority within the Sušice Municipality with Extended Competence.

History[edit]

Kašperské Hory is a mountainous resort rich in history. The Kašperk Castle, built by Charles IV to guard the border and protect the trade route and local gold mines, is towering above the town. There are two guided tours available and from April to October the castle offers a rich cultural programme. Special Christmas, Easter and Lent events take place annually.

There are three museums in the town, the local history museum The Museum of Šumava featuring extensive exhibitions on glass making, wood cutting, gold mining, natural history exhibits, folklore and seasonal exhibitions. The museum is open from May to October. The other museums, the Museum of Historical Motorcycles and Exposition on Czech Wooden Toys are open all year round.

The original German-speaking population was forcibly expelled from the town and indeed all of Czechoslovakia after the end of the World War II in 1945 in accordance and pursuance of the provisions of the Potsdam agreement, with all of their property confiscated. Subsequently, the town was repopulated with Czechs.

Tourism[edit]

The town's countryside provide 5 circular routes and 2 nature trails suitable both for walking and cycling. In winter there are tracks for cross-country skiing covering 20 km and a down hill skiing complex with artificial snow, 3 ski lifts and a ski school.

Notable people[edit]

Twin towns – sister cities[edit]

Kašperské Hory is twinned with:[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Population of Municipalities – 1 January 2020". Czech Statistical Office. 2020-04-30.
  2. ^ "Partnerské město Grafenau". kasphory.cz (in Czech). Město Kašperské Hory. Retrieved 2020-07-27.

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