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Square with St. George Church and birth house of Thaddäus Haenke (far right)
Coat of arms
Country Czech Republic
Region Ústí nad Labem
District Děčín
Commune Varnsdorf
Elevation 387 m (1,270 ft)
Coordinates 50°51′44″N 14°28′53″E / 50.86222°N 14.48139°E / 50.86222; 14.48139Coordinates: 50°51′44″N 14°28′53″E / 50.86222°N 14.48139°E / 50.86222; 14.48139
Area 15.93 km2 (6.15 sq mi)
Population 1,407
Density 88/km2 (228/sq mi)
First mentioned 1383
Mayor Jan Machač
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 407 44
Location in the Czech Republic
Location in the Czech Republic
Wikimedia Commons: Chřibská
Memorial plaque of 1885 at the birthplace of Thaddäus Haenke, in German, with plaque in Czech added in the 1960s

Chřibská (Czech pronunciation: [ˈxr̝̊ɪpskaː]; German: Kreibitz) is a town in the Okres Děčín in Ústí nad Labem Region of the Czech Republic. It has c. 1407 inhabitants (2005).


The place was first mentioned in 1383 as located at the trading road from Bohemia to the Lausitz. It became part of the possessions of the family of Wartenberg from Děčín, and in 1614 of the Kinsky family. Town rights had been granted in 1570, and in 1596 a militia was founded for defense.

Until 1918, KREIBITZ was part of the Austrian monarchy (Austria side after the compromise of 1867), in the RUMBURG (Rumburk) district, one of the 94 Bezirkshauptmannschaften in Bohemia.[1]

Austrian KK stamp cancelled KREIBITZ in 1858

Along with other parts of the former Austrian Empire, Chřibská became part of Czechoslovakia in 1919. From 1938, after the Munich Agreement regarding the Sudetenland, until 1945, Chřibská was part of Varnsdorf district, with the suburbs of Niederkreibitz (Dolní Chřibská), Oberkreibitz (Horní Chřibská) and Schönfeld (Krásné Pole).

The Expulsion of Germans after World War II in 1945-1946 reduced the population (see the Beneš decrees).

Since 10 October 2006 Chřibská is again a town.

Glass industry[edit]

The oldest running glass production in Europe is located in Horní Chřibská. It was founded shortly after 1500 by the German-Bohemian glass-maker family Friedrich.[2]

Famous people[edit]

Near the neo-gothic town hall of 1872, the explorer Thaddäus Haenke was born in 1761.


  1. ^ Die postalischen Abstempelungen auf den österreichischen Postwertzeichen-Ausgaben 1867, 1883 und 1890, Wilhelm KLEIN, 1967
  2. ^ Walter A. Friedrich: Die Wurzeln der nordböhmischen Glasindustrie und die Glasmacherfamilie Friedrich. Fürth (Germany) 2005, published by the author. ISBN 3-00-015752-2

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