Kašperské Hory

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Kašperské Hory
Kašperské Hory od Liščího vrchu.jpg
Coat of arms
Country Czech Republic
Region Plzeň
District Klatovy
Commune Sušice
Municipality Kašperské Hory
Elevation 758 m (2,487 ft)
Coordinates 49°8′38″N 13°33′34″E / 49.14389°N 13.55944°E / 49.14389; 13.55944Coordinates: 49°8′38″N 13°33′34″E / 49.14389°N 13.55944°E / 49.14389; 13.55944
Area 44.12 km2 (17.03 sq mi)
Population 1,458 (2015-01-21)
Density 33/km2 (85/sq mi)
First mentioned 1337
Mayor Petr Málek (year 2014 - 2018)
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 341 92
Location in the Czech Republic
Location in the Czech Republic
Wikimedia Commons: Kašperské Hory
Statistics: statnisprava.cz
Website: www.sumavanet.cz/khory

Kašperské Hory (Czech pronunciation: [ˈkaʃpɛrskɛː ˈɦorɪ]; German: Bergreichenstein) is a town in the Plzeň Region of the Czech Republic. It lies in the Šumava Range, some 65 km (40 mi) south of the region's capital of Plzeň.

Altitude: 730 m.n.m.

Origins: first written record in 1330

Number of inhabitants: 1594

Administrative area in hectares: 4 415 ha

Settlements falling into the administrative area: Kašperské Hory, Červená, Dolní Dvorce, Kavrlík, Lídlovy Dvory, Opolenec, Podlesí, Tuškov, Žlíbek

Kašperské Hory is a mountainous resort rich in history. The Kašperk castle, built by Karel IV. to guard the border and protect the trade route and local gold mines, is towering above the town. There are two guided tours available and from April to October the castle offers a rich cultural programme. Special Christmas, Easter and Lent events take place annually.

There are three museums in the town, the local history museum The Museum of Šumava featuring extensive exhibitions on glass making, wood cutting, gold mining, natural history exhibits, folklore and seasonal exhibitions. The museum is open from May to October. The other museums, the Museum of Historical Motorcycles and Exposition on Czech Wooden Toys are open all year round.

One can enjoy local countryside by following 5 circular routes and 2 nature trails suitable both for walking and cycling. In winter there are tracks for cross country skiing covering 20 km and a down hill skiing complex with artificial snow, 3 ski lifts and a ski school.

Tourists can enjoy a whole array of services such as horse riding, tennis courts, bike hire, ski hire. There are many restaurants and accommodation possibilities available in the town catering for everyone: hostels, pensions, and hotels ** - ****. Congress tourism facilities are available in the Parkhotel Kašperské Hory****, Welness and Sport hotel Šumava*** and Hotel Kašperk.

Many cultural events take place throughout the year (concerts, exhibitions and theatre performances). There are two information centres available for tourists throughout the year. Towns cultural and information centre you can find in a main place into the historical builduing of Townhall - www.sumava.net/ickhory.

Kašperské Hory is also the seat of the Municipality with Commissioned Local Authority within the Sušice Municipality with Extended Competence.


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