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For the town in the Moravian-Silesian region, see Frýdlant nad Ostravicí.
Frýdlant v Čechách
Frydlant centrum.JPG
Town hall
Coat of arms
Country Czech Republic
Region Liberec
District Liberec
Commune Frýdlant
Elevation 295 m (968 ft)
Coordinates 50°55′16″N 15°04′49″E / 50.92111°N 15.08028°E / 50.92111; 15.08028Coordinates: 50°55′16″N 15°04′49″E / 50.92111°N 15.08028°E / 50.92111; 15.08028
Area 31.62 km2 (12.21 sq mi)
Population 7,608 (2005)
Density 241 / km2 (624 / sq mi)
Founded 13th century
Mayor Dan Ramzer
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 464 01
Location in the Czech Republic
Location in the Czech Republic
Wikimedia Commons: Frýdlant

Frýdlant, sometimes cited also as Frýdlant v Čechách (Czech pronunciation: [ˈfriːdlant ˈf tʃɛxaːx]; German: Friedland im Isergebirge) is a town in the Liberec District of the Liberec Region in the Czech Republic. It has approximately 7,500 inhabitants and lies in the historic Bohemia region on the outskirts of the Jizera Mountains.


The area once belonged to the Lordship of Zawidów (Seidenberg) in Upper Lusatia, held by the Bishops of Meissen. The town was first mentioned in 1278, when the Bieberstein noble family was enfeoffed with Friedland-Seidenberg by King Ottokar II of Bohemia and took their residence at Frýdlant Castle. Upon the extinction of the line in 1551, the lordship fell to the House of Redern.

Aerial view of the Frýdlant gothic castle and renaissance chateau

Meanwhile, the Kingdom of Bohemia had become a part of the Habsburg Monarchy. Christoph von Redern opposed Emperor Ferdinand II during the Counter-Reformation and after the Defenestration of Prague was among the uprising Bohemian Protestant estates, who were defeated at the 1620 Battle of White Mountain. Redern saved his life, but his lands were seized by the Emperor and given in reward to his General Albrecht von Wallenstein, who titled himself "Duke of Friedland" and took his residence at Jičín. The nominal sovereignty of Friedland-Seidenberg was also revoked at this time.

Until 1918, Friedland in Böhmen was part of the Austrian monarchy (Austria side after the compromise of 1867), head of the district with the same name, one of the 94 Bezirkshauptmannschaften in Bohemia.[1]

In 1875, a railway line Liberec - Frýdlant - Zawidów was put into operation. Lines to Mirsk (Friedberg) and the Frýdlant–Heřmanice Railway to Zittau followed soon. The new town hall was erected in 1893 according to plans by the Viennese architect Franz Neumann.

In 1938, it was occupied by the Nazi army as one of the municipalities in Sudetenland. The German-speaking population was expelled in 1945 (see the Beneš decrees) and replaced by Czech settlers.

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


In the 13th century the castle was held by the Ronovci House. It was first mentioned in 1278, when the Bohemian king Přemysl Otakar II removed the lordship from the Ronovci and gave it to Rulek of Bieberstein. The nowadays building consists of a Gothic castle with a high tower and a Renaissance chateau. The castle had a museum as early as 1801 and today is one of the most visited in the Czech Republic.


Czech names, followed by German equivalents:

  • Albrechtice u Frýdlantu (Olbersdorf)
  • Frýdlant (Friedland)
  • Větrov (Ringenhain)

Notable people[edit]

Frýdlant is the birthplace of ski jumper Antonín Hájek and NHL hockey player Ladislav Smid.

International relations[edit]

Frýdlant is part of the Friedliches Land (Peaceful Land) municipal association with:

External links[edit]

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