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Hluk keep
Hluk keep
Flag of Hluk
Coat of arms of Hluk
Coat of arms
Hluk is located in Czech Republic
Location in the Czech Republic
Coordinates: 48°59′10″N 17°31′32″E / 48.98611°N 17.52556°E / 48.98611; 17.52556Coordinates: 48°59′10″N 17°31′32″E / 48.98611°N 17.52556°E / 48.98611; 17.52556
CountryCzech Republic
DistrictUherské Hradiště
First mentioned1294
 • MayorMartin Křižan
 • Total28.39 km2 (10.96 sq mi)
222 m (728 ft)
 • Total4,442
 • Density160/km2 (410/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
687 25

Hluk (German: Hulken) is a town in Uherské Hradiště District in Zlín Region of the Czech Republic, 10 km southeast from Uherské Hradiště on stream Okluky. In 2011 it had a population about 4,400. The town was first mentioned in year 1294. The name of Hluk is very likely derived from Latin word "hlucium" (en: noise).


The first written mention of the village dates from 1294. The original name of the city Hluk was established, according to extant sources, from the Latin word "hlucium" to noisily running water stream Okluky, which flows through the town. Perhaps it is also the connection between the name and the medieval city of Hluk Lucká province, which was the center of Hluk possible.


  • Hluk Keep
  • Church of St. Lawrence built in 1735 - 1740
  • Wayside cross below Babí hora
  • Clergy house
  • Historically protected houses in Rajčovna street
  • The natural monument Okluky
  • The nature reserve Kobylí hlava
  • The natural monument Pod Husí horou

Tradition and clubs[edit]

The Ride of Kings[edit]

The city is famous for its traditional Ride of the Kings, which is held every three years, on the first weekend in July (the closest Ride of the Kings is attributable to 2017). This folk tradition commemorates historic event, when King Matthias Corvinus after losing the battle fled through Hluk in female disguise.

At present, there is a tradition maintained style when through the city is decorated with ribbons and decorated horses transported the little boy in the women national costumes of Hluk, accompanied by costumed legrutů. The parade is accompanied by hundreds of costumed citizens of the city, surrounding municipalities, foreign and domestic ensembles.


The Ride of the Kings is also linked to the annual brass band festival (held every Saturday in the first week in July) and a folklore festival (held on Sundays). In Hluk also has many other bands and dulcimer music. Among the most famous include DH Šarovec and DH Kosenka. Furthermore, CM Babica, CM Ženičky, CM Šefranica.

Associations and clubs[edit]

In Hluk has a wide variety of ensembles, circles, and other areas of interest. These bands and dulcimer also include folklore groups operating either at Hluk Elementary School or working with the support of the city of Hluk. Namely, they are: Women's choir Ženičky, Male choir, Folk ensemble Okluky, Folk ensemble Dolňácko and then the children's folklore ensembles from the smallest to the DFS Košuláčci, DFS Žarůžek, DFS Hluboček. Children sets operate at Hluk Elementary School and serves as a school child to the adult ensemble Okluky. The ensemble was founded in 2014 and is one of the youngest Folklore group in Hluk.


In 1933, Esperanto Club (part of the Czechoslovak Association of Esperanto) was based in Hluk, whose members maintained correspondence contacts with speakers of Esperanto in many countries and was invited to several important Hluk travelers who lectures in Esperanto with translation into Czech in front of a local audience (Henrik Seppik lectured on Laponia, Erika Seppiková about Estonia, Joseph R. Scherer from United States about the trip to India, a black man Kola Ajayi about Africa). Every year, also held parties with rich Czech-Esperanto program and in 1937 was staged drama Jízdní hlídka with Legionnaire's theme by František Langer in Esperanto translation Kavaleria patrolo.[1][2]



Autopal is a factory for the production of automotive lighting and air conditioning equipment manufactured at Visteon's global. The plant in Hluk is called the "Plant 3" which specializes in refrigeration and air conditioning technology.


Niob is an organization focused on the development, design and manufacture of equipment for the food industry. Since its founding in 1992, it acts as a technical base of the parent company Inotec GmbH. He specializes in the supply of technology for automation of manufacturing processes.

Notable people[edit]

Twin towns — sister cities[edit]

Hluk is twinned with:[3]



  1. ^ Omelka, František (1938). Esperanto v Hluku (3rd ed.). Moravskoslovenské pomezí. p. 7.
  2. ^ Břečka, Jan (2011). Hluk: dějiny města (1st ed.). Hluk: Město Hluk. p. 735. ISBN 978-80-254-9705-0.
  3. ^ "O Hluku". mestohluk.cz (in Czech). Město Hluk. Retrieved 2019-09-08.

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