Horšovský Týn

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Coordinates: 49°31′47″N 12°56′36.5″E / 49.52972°N 12.943472°E / 49.52972; 12.943472
Horšovský Týn
Horsovskytyn radnice.jpg
Town hall
Coat of arms
Country Czech Republic
Region Plzeň
District Domažlice
Commune Horšovský Týn
Parts Borovice (Domažlice District), Dolní Metelsko, Hašov, Horní Metelsko, Horšov, Kocourov, Lazce, Malé Předměstí, Město, Nová Ves (Domažlice District), Oplotec, Plzeňské Předměstí, Podhájí, Podražnice, Semošice, Svatá Anna, Svinná, Tasnovice, Valdorf, Velké Předměstí, Věvrov
Center Náměstí Republiky
 - elevation 376 m (1,234 ft)
 - coordinates 49°31′47″N 12°56′36.5″E / 49.52972°N 12.943472°E / 49.52972; 12.943472
Area 71.44 km2 (27.58 sq mi)
Population 4,906 (2007-06-04)
Density 69 / km2 (179 / sq mi)
First mentioned 1184
Mayor Josef Holeček
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 345 25 - 346 01
Location in the Czech Republic
Location in the Czech Republic
Wikimedia Commons: Horšovský Týn
Statistics: statnisprava.cz
Website: www.horsovskytyn.cz/mesto
April 12, 2013.

A small contribution from my father:

"I am the last Trauttmansdorff alive who lived in the castle in Bischofteinitz from the time of my birth in 1926 to the day I left, the 17th of September 1945.
The Castle was in the Trauttmansdorff family from 1648, after the Westphalian Peace Treaty (30 Years War), signed in Muenster, Westphalia by Maximilian Trauttmansdorff, a member of the treaty delegation appointed by the Austrian emperor. Before this the castle was owned by the Lobkowitz family and years before, for some time, by the bishops of Regensburg, hence the name Bischofteinitz.
The first time ever, the place was mentioned was in 715 but what it was , has never been known. The castle has several times been damaged and partly been burned down as in the Hussite Wars in 1422 to 1431.
The Czech Government has done a great job in renovations, rebuilding the old chapel damaged in fire and mistakenly a baroque altar was installed, but it has recently been redone with gothic altar and the original entrance placed as it was before the fire.
As children growing up in the castle we had always been told that the water well in the centre court yard is as deep as the local church tower is tall."
Horšovský Týn
Municipality with Extended Competence
Country Czech Republic
Region Plzeň
Parts Horšovský Týn, Staňkov
Area 288.65 km2 (111.45 sq mi)
Population 13,690 (2005-12-31)
Density 47 / km2 (122 / sq mi)
Horšovský Týn
Municipality with Commissioned Local Authority
Country Czech Republic
Region Plzeň
Little District Horšovský Týn
Municipalities Blížejov, Horšovský Týn, Křenovy, Meclov, Mezholezy, Mířkov, Semněvice, Srby (Domažlice District), Velký Malahov, Vidice
Area 220.46 km2 (85.12 sq mi)
Population 8,729 (2005-12-31)
Density 40 / km2 (104 / sq mi)

Horšovský Týn (Czech pronunciation: [ˈhorʃofskiː ˈtiːn]; German: Bischofteinitz) is a town in the Plzeň Region of the Czech Republic. It lies on the River Radbuza, some 40 km (25 mi) south-west of the region capital Plzeň. From 1938 to 1945 it was, as Bischofteinitz, one of the municipalities in Sudetenland.


A settlement on the right bank of the Radbuza river was first established in the mid-13th century, on land owned by the archbishops of Prague. The town was besieged and defended during the Hussite wars between 1422 and 1431. The German Elector John, Count Palatine of Neumarkt (Johann von Pfalz-Neumarkt) helped relieve the town.

After the death of Louis II of Hungary at the Battle of Mohács in 1526, Archduke Ferdinand of Austria became King of Bohemia and the country became a constituent state of the Habsburg Monarchy to 1918.

After 1539 Bischofteinitz belonged to the House of Lobkowicz. After the Thirty Years War the town passed to the counts on Trauttmansdorff, in whose possession the castle remained until 1945. Bischofteinitz developed into an important, if minor, provincial centre bordering Bavaria.

During the late 19th century and especially after 1918 Czechs began moving into the district in large numbers. In 1938 the town and region were annexed into Nazi Germany as part of the Sudetenland.

Main Attractions[edit]

The main attraction is a castle that was rebuilt in 1547 by Agostino Galli. Much of the original Gothic castle, the palace portals and some rooms has been preserved. In the town itself there are two Gothic churches and a former Capuchin monastery.


Until 1945 the area was populated by native Germans who spoke a Northern Bavarian dialect (Nordbairisch). These people were expelled by the Beneš decrees following World War II. On 1 December 1930 Horšovský Týn had 3,117 inhabitants; on 17 May 1939 there were 2995, and on 22 May 1947 2,393 inhabitants.


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