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Bílovec, castle
Coat of arms
Country Czech Republic
Region Moravian-Silesian
District Nový Jičín
Commune Bílovec
Elevation 243 m (797 ft)
Coordinates 49°45′25″N 18°00′55″E / 49.75694°N 18.01528°E / 49.75694; 18.01528Coordinates: 49°45′25″N 18°00′55″E / 49.75694°N 18.01528°E / 49.75694; 18.01528
Area 38.85 km2 (15.00 sq mi)
Population 7,415 (2017)
Density 191/km2 (495/sq mi)
First mentioned 1276
Mayor Pavel Mrva
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 742 92 - 743 01
Location in the Czech Republic
Location in the Czech Republic
Location in the Moravian-Silesian Region
Location in the Moravian-Silesian Region
Wikimedia Commons: Bílovec
Statistics: statnisprava.cz
Website: www.bilovec.cz

Bílovec (Czech pronunciation: [ˈbiːlovɛts]; German: Wagstadt) is a town in the Moravian-Silesian Region of the Czech Republic, near Nový Jičín. It is situated on the slopes of the Nízký Jeseník mountains and on the banks of the Bílovka River.

Bílovec is the birthplace of tennis players Květa Peschke and Petra Kvitová, internationally respected architect Emil Přikryl and Sudeten German social democratic politician Hugo Schmidt (1844–1907).


Until 1918, Wagstadt was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (the Austrian side after the compromise of 1867), in the district with the same name, one of the eight Bezirkshauptmannschaften in Austrian Silesia.[1]

In 1938, it was occupied by the Nazi army as one of the municipalities in the Sudetenland, the portion of Czechoslovakia turned over to Germany by the Munich agreement between Chamberlain and Hitler. After the conclusion of World War II, the German speaking population was expelled from the region in 1945 (see the Beneš decrees) and replaced by Czech settlers.


The Grammar school of Nicolas Copernicus (Gymnázium Mikuláše Koperníka, GMK) is located in Bílovec.

Notable people born in Bílovec[edit]



  1. ^ Die postalischen Abstempelungen auf den österreichischen Postwertzeichen-Ausgaben 1867, 1883 und 1890, Wilhelm KLEIN, 1967