Horní Planá

Coordinates: 48°46′3″N 14°1′57″E / 48.76750°N 14.03250°E / 48.76750; 14.03250
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Horní Planá
Town centre
Town centre
Flag of Horní Planá
Coat of arms of Horní Planá
Horní Planá is located in Czech Republic
Horní Planá
Horní Planá
Location in the Czech Republic
Coordinates: 48°46′3″N 14°1′57″E / 48.76750°N 14.03250°E / 48.76750; 14.03250
Country Czech Republic
RegionSouth Bohemian
DistrictČeský Krumlov
First mentioned1332
 • MayorPetr Šimák
 • Total127.18 km2 (49.10 sq mi)
776 m (2,546 ft)
 • Total2,006
 • Density16/km2 (41/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
382 26

Horní Planá ([ˈɦorɲiː ˈplanaː] ; German: Oberplan) is a town in Český Krumlov District in the South Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic. It has about 2,000 inhabitants.

Administrative parts[edit]

Villages of Bližší Lhota, Hodňov, Hory, Hůrka, Olšina, Pernek and Žlábek are administrative parts of Horní Planá.


View from the Lipno Reservoir
Tajvan, the largest island of the Lipno Reservoir

Horní Planá lies about 21 kilometres (13 mi) southwest of Český Krumlov and 38 km (24 mi) southwest of České Budějovice. It lies on the border with Austria.

Horní Planá is situated in the Bohemian Forest on the southeastern rim of the Šumava National Park, in the Šumava Protected Landscape Area. The highest point of Horní Planá and of the entire Český Krumlov District is a point on the top of the mountain Smrčina with an altitude of 1,333 m (4,373 ft).

Horní Planá is located on the northern shore of the Lipno Reservoir, south of the Boletice Military Training Area. Tajvan, the largest island of the reservoir, is located in the territory. Beyond the Lipno Reservoir, a densely forested area with several abandoned villages stretches up to the Vltava-Danube drainage divide (part of the main European Watershed).


Horní Planá was founded by monks from the Zlatá Koruna Monastery in the first half of the 14th century. In 1349, it was promoted to a market town by King Charles IV.[2]

During the Hussite Wars in 1420, it was incorporated into the Český Krumlov estate, then held by the Rosenberg family. The Rosenbergs insignia were adopted in the town's coat of arms. The good location on the trade route from Bohemia to Austria and later the construction of the Schwarzenberg Canal and the railway had a significant influence on the town's development.[2]

Horní Planá was originally known under its German names Plan and Plana, and from 1653 Oberplan and Ober Plan.[2] Since 1921, the town has its Czech name Horní Planá.[3]

Until 1945 the local population predominantly consisted of Sudeten Germans. In 1930, they made 98% of the population. In 1938, the town was annexed by Nazi Germany upon the 1938 Munich Agreement and incorporated into the Reichsgau Oberdonau. After World War II, it was restored to Czechoslovakia, while the remaining German population was expelled.[3]


Historical population
Source: Censuses[4][5]


There is the Zadní Zvonková / Schöneben road border crossing.


Church of Saint Margaret the Virgin
Adalbert Stifter's birthplace

The main landmark is the Church of Saint Margaret the Virgin. Its existence is first documented in 1374. It was later rebuilt in Neo-Gothic style and has preserved Renaissance murals, made between 1530 and 1580.[2]

The birth house of Adalbert Stifter houses today a museum dedicated to his life and work. There is also a park named after Stifter with his monument.[2]

On the town square there is the Neo-Baroque town hall from 1896.[2]

Notable people[edit]

Twin towns – sister cities[edit]

Horní Planá is twinned with:[6]


  1. ^ "Population of Municipalities – 1 January 2023". Czech Statistical Office. 2023-05-23.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Historie města Horní Planá" (in Czech). Město Horní Planá. Retrieved 2021-09-07.
  3. ^ a b "Už 100 let se nejvýše položené město jižních Čech jmenuje Horní Planá. Původně Oberplan s většinou německých obyvatel" (in Czech). JcTEĎ. 2021-05-23. Retrieved 2021-09-07.
  4. ^ "Historický lexikon obcí České republiky 1869–2011 – Okres Český Krumlov" (in Czech). Czech Statistical Office. 2015-12-21. pp. 11–12.
  5. ^ "Population Census 2021: Population by sex". Public Database. Czech Statistical Office. 2021-03-27.
  6. ^ "Hornoplánské listy září 2021" (PDF) (in Czech). Město Horní Planá. September 2021. p. 3. Retrieved 2021-09-07.

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