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Dobruška - mariánský sloup.jpg
Coat of arms
Country Czech Republic
Region Hradec Králové
District Rychnov nad Kněžnou
Commune Dobruška
River Zlatý potok, Brtva
Elevation 287 m (942 ft)
Coordinates 50°17′33″N 16°9′45″E / 50.29250°N 16.16250°E / 50.29250; 16.16250Coordinates: 50°17′33″N 16°9′45″E / 50.29250°N 16.16250°E / 50.29250; 16.16250
Area 34.43 km2 (13.29 sq mi)
Population 7,089 (2006-08-28)
Density 206/km2 (534/sq mi)
First mentioned 1320
Mayor Petr Tojnar
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 518 01 - 518 03
Location in the Czech Republic
Location in the Czech Republic
Wikimedia Commons: Dobruška

Dobruška (Czech pronunciation: [ˈdobruʃka]; German: Gutenfeld) is a small town in the Hradec Králové Region of the Czech Republic. It is situated in the Orlické hory valley, about 140 km east of Prague. It has about 7,100 inhabitants. The Golden Brook (Czech: Zlatý potok) flows through the town.


Formerly known as a Market Community Lešno, the first written mention of the place comes from a 1320 document. The town obtained the right of beer-brewing prior to this 1320 document. In the 14th century it became known as Dobruška, a seat of Church administration. In 1495, with arrival of Noble Family of Trčka of Lípa, the town started to develop.[1] The centre of the town gained its present appearance in Neo-Gothic style after a large fire broke out on October 7, 1866, which was painted by Alois Beer (1833-1897).

The town of Dobruška is known mainly because of the Czech patriotic writer František Ladislav Hek, whose career was described in Alois Jirásek's novel entitled F. L. Věk (there is organized The International Music Festival of F. L. Vek), and also thanks to the beautiful Renaissance castle in nearby Opočno.

Main sights[edit]

  • Renaissance Town Hall.
  • The Jewish synagogue.
  • Mikve, the Jewish ritual purgatory bath in the town museum.
  • Parental house of F. L. Věk.
  • House nr. 17, at the square in Dobruška.
  • The holy Spirit Church built in Renaissance style.
  • Old Czech Brewery Dobruška.

Notable residents[edit]



  1. ^ "Region of Hradec Králové". Dobruška. 10 October 2007. Retrieved 19 October 2010. 
  2. ^ Jerry John, Henry (2009). Graphic Art of Czechoslovakia, Bibliolife, p. 11. ISBN 0-554-40065-0

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