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Town Hall and church of the Holy Trinity
Town Hall and church of the Holy Trinity
Flag of Hořovice
Coat of arms of Hořovice
Coat of arms
Hořovice is located in Czech Republic
Location in the Czech Republic
Coordinates: 49°50′10″N 13°54′18″E / 49.83611°N 13.90500°E / 49.83611; 13.90500Coordinates: 49°50′10″N 13°54′18″E / 49.83611°N 13.90500°E / 49.83611; 13.90500
CountryCzech Republic
RegionCentral Bohemian
Founded12th century
 • MayorJiří Peřina
 • Total9.55 km2 (3.69 sq mi)
375 m (1,230 ft)
 • Total6,844
 • Density720/km2 (1,900/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
268 01

Hořovice (Czech pronunciation: [ˈɦor̝ovɪtsɛ]; German: Horschowitz or Horowitz) is a small Czech town in Beroun District of the Central Bohemian Region. It is the administrative and economical center of the surrounding area. The town is surrounded by lots of historical and natural sights, including Brdy, Křivoklátsko and Bohemian Karst (Bohemian Karst). Its most known building is Hořovice Castle.

Music Without Musicians is a museum that is situated in Hořovice Castle. It focuses on mechanical music instruments.[2][3]


Hořovice Castle

Archaeological excavations show early settlement in the 10th century. This settlement grew at the end of the 13th century and beginning of the 14th century when a trading post was established. This trading post was later rebuilt and expanded into a castle in the Gothic style (the so-called "Old Castle").

The family of Hořovice named itself after the village. The first members to use the name were siblings Neostup and Habart Hořovice in 1233.

The village was incorporated as a town in 1322. The "Old Castle" and the church remained outside of the town walls, forming the borough of Velká Víska. This division remained until the 20th century; in 1919 Velká Víska became a part of Hořovice.

The common Jewish surnames Horovitz/Horowitz/Gurvich/Hurwicz/Hurwitz, etc., derive from Hořovice, which during the late Middle Ages had a substantial Jewish population.[4]

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Twin towns—Sister cities[edit]

Hořovice is twinned with:[5]


  1. ^ "Population of municipalities of the Czech republic". Czech Statistical Office. Retrieved 2019-04-30.
  2. ^ Rodinné výlety, Hudba bez hudebníků – hrací strojky a hudební automaty
  3. ^ Portal Hořovice, Hudba bez hudebníků - hrací strojky a hudební automaty
  4. ^ "Origin of Horowitz name". Horowitz Family Association in Israel. 2007-06-11. Retrieved 2007-11-15.
  5. ^ "Spolupráce s partnerským městem Gau-Algesheim" (in Czech). Město Hořovice. Retrieved 2019-08-26.

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