Špindlerův Mlýn

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Coordinates: 50°43′31″N 15°36′30″E / 50.72528°N 15.60833°E / 50.72528; 15.60833
Špindlerův Mlýn
Town
Spindlersmuehle.JPG
Coat of arms
Country Czech Republic
Region Hradec Králové
District Trutnov
Commune Vrchlabí
River Elbe
Elevation 718 m (2,356 ft)
Coordinates 50°43′31″N 15°36′30″E / 50.72528°N 15.60833°E / 50.72528; 15.60833
Area 76.9 km2 (29.7 sq mi)
Population 1,393 (2006-10-02)
Density 18 / km2 (47 / sq mi)
Mayor Bohumír Zeman (ODS)
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 543 51
Location in the Czech Republic
Location in the Czech Republic
Wikimedia Commons: Špindlerův Mlýn
Statistics: statnisprava.cz
Website: www.mestospindleruvmlyn.cz

Špindlerův Mlýn (Czech pronunciation: [ˈʃpɪndlɛruːv ˈmliːn]; German: Spindlermühle) is a town in the Czech Republic in the Krkonoše. It received its name (which can be literally translated as Špindler's Mill) after a mill belonging to Spindler's family, where neighbours used to meet.[1] Nowadays it has about 1,300 permanent inhabitants.

The town is one of the most well-known and most frequented mountain resorts in the Czech Republic, with year-round use and with accommodation capacity of 10,000 beds. Špindlerův Mlýn is one of the most visited ski resorts in the Czech Republic, and has 20 runs, the most of all resorts in the country.[2] During the winter season the area hosts the Europacup in freestyle skiing and SnowJam, a professional snowboarding event. In the surroundings there are many marked hiking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing trails.

Geography[edit]

Bílý most (White Bridge) from 1911

Špindlerův Mlýn is situated in the high altitude of 715 m a.s.l. to 1310 m a.s.l. It lies on the confluence of the river Labe (Elbe) and Dolský potok (Dolský creek) and Špindlerův Mlýn is protected on all sides by the mountain peaks Kozí hřbety, Pláň and Mt. Medvědín. The parts of Špindlerův Mlýn are Přední Labská, Labská, Bedřichov and Svatý Petr.

Famous residents[edit]

The town is notable as the place where Czech author Franz Kafka lived when writing of one of his most famous works, The Castle (Das Schloss).

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Palátková, Dáša; Richter, Josef (2003-12-31), "Špindlerův mlýn 1793–2003", Krkonoše, Jizerské hory (Správa Krkonošského národního parku) 36 (7): 45 
  2. ^ ranking at Skiinfo.com