Město Albrechtice

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Město Albrechtice
Coat of arms
Country Czech Republic
Region Moravian-Silesian
District Bruntál
Commune Krnov
Municipality Město Albrechtice
Elevation 350 m (1,148 ft)
Coordinates 50°10′N 17°35′E / 50.167°N 17.583°E / 50.167; 17.583Coordinates: 50°10′N 17°35′E / 50.167°N 17.583°E / 50.167; 17.583
Area 65.27 km2 (25.20 sq mi)
Population 3,570 (2011)
Density 55/km2 (142/sq mi)
First mentioned 1377
Mayor Luděk Volek
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 793 73 - 793 95
Location in the Czech Republic
Location in the Czech Republic
Location in the Moravian-Silesian Region
Location in the Moravian-Silesian Region
Wikimedia Commons: Město Albrechtice
Statistics: statnisprava.cz
Website: www.mesto-albrechtice.cz

Město Albrechtice (German: Olbersdorf) is a town in the Moravian part of the Czech Republic. It is not to be confused with the smaller village of the same names (both Czech and German) located farther west, northeast of Lanškroun, in eastern Bohemia.

According to the Austrian census of 1910 the town had 2,438 inhabitants, 2,345 of whom had permanent residence there. Census asked people for their native language, 2,345 (100%) were German-speaking. Jews were not allowed to declare Yiddish, most of them thus declared the German language as their native. Most populous religious groups were Roman Catholics with 2,255 (92.5%), followed by Protestants with 161 (6.6%).[1]

Město Albrechtice town is the largest municipality in the Osoblažsko microregion and also the entrance gateway to it. In the year 2011 it has a population of 3579.

Město Albrechtice town is represented mainly by the local square dominated by the baroque Church of Virgin Mary, the Column of St. Anna from 1719 and the empire house No.21 with well-preserved renaissance interior (cross vault) from the second half of the 16th century. The town also has a modern swimming pool.

The most important monument of the town lies in the local part of Linhartovy, a château built in the 16th century, converting the former fortress into a renaissance mansion. The new owner – Sedlnický family from Choltice rebuilt the Château to its present baroque appearance. In the 19th century the Château park was converted into a nature landscape park. During the World War II the Château was burned down and reconstructed to a medical supplies warehouse. Since 2001 the Château has become the town property and it has been progressively repaired and opened to public. After many years the Château has become a cultural and historical centre of the town once again. Another historical monument is the Burkvíz Castle ruins on the top of the Strážnice Hill over the Burkvíz village where visitors can see remains of the well, mounds and walls.

You may find numerous folk architecture monuments in the municipality i.e. mysterious, magical and unjustly neglected Piskořov village as it creates the Village Protection Zone referring to the valuable folk architecture of so called Osoblaha type houses. In Biskupice it is located the atypical field baroque chapel from the 18th century. In Česká Ves you may find the last relict of the German evangelic region settlement – a local evangelic cemetery which is completely different from other cemeteries in Osoblažsko region. Visiting the cemetery may bring an interesting experience. In the local settlement called Hynčice on the river Opavice you can see many cottages from the 18th and 19th century and also the rectory of the late baroque Church of St. Nicholas with a chapel and a gate. The Eldorádo park at the end of Hynčice is worth a visit especially with children as it is the first "dinopark" in the Czech Republic. It is the collection of concrete prehistoric life-size dinosaurs, sculptures, fairy-tale creatures and animals.

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