Hluboká nad Vltavou
|Hluboká nad Vltavou|
Aerial view of Hluboká Castle and Vltava river
|Municipality||Hluboká nad Vltavou|
|Elevation||394 m (1,293 ft)|
|Area||91.12 km2 (35.18 sq mi)|
|Density||51 / km2 (132 / sq mi)|
|- summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Postal code||373 41|
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It is situated on the Vltava river, near České Budějovice. The town is known for the picturesque Tudor-style Hluboká Castle, that is open to the public. The Townshend International School has been based in the town since 1992.
Settled since the Bronze Age, the area was the site of medieval Froburg Castle, built high above the Vltava river. Once a possession of the Přemyslid king Ottokar II of Bohemia, it later passed to the Vítkovci dynasty. Again purchased by the Bohemian Crown in the 14th century, it was a favourite residence of Emperor Charles IV, who often visited the castle when residing in České Budějovice.
Held by the local noble William II of Pernstein from 1490 onwards, castle and town prospered. Though seized by French forces in the Thirty Years' War, the acquisition by the House of Schwarzenberg in 1661 brought even greater wealth to the area. After a blaze in 1742, the medieval fortress was slighted and rebuilt as a chateau. A Jewish community (Qahal) arose in the late 17th century, however, a synagogue was not erected until 1907.
- Alfred I, Prince of Windisch-Grätz (1787–1862), Austrian general, married Princess Eleonore of Schwarzenberg here on 15 June 1817
- František Mareš (1857–1942), professor and politician, died here
- Eduard Bloch (1872–1945), doctor of Adolf Hitler's family until 1907
- Miroslav Dvořák (1951–2008), ice hockey player
- Martin Latka (born 1984), footballer.
Twin towns — Sister cities
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