Podhradí (Cheb District)
|Municipality and village|
Podhradí with ruins of castle Neuberg
Location of Podhradí municipality within Cheb District and administrative area of Aš as a Municipality with Extended Competence.
|Region||Karlovy Vary Region|
|• Mayor||Jaroslav Smolka|
|Elevation||1,844 ft (562 m)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Podhradí lies 5 kilometres north from Aš, about 562 metres above sea level. Through the village flows Ašský potok.
Podhradí was first mentioned in 1288. Until this year, Podhradí was property of Neuberg. After Albrech von Neuberg death, emperor Rudolph I of Bohemia handed Podhradí to lords of Plauen, as a fief. In 1392, village was inherited by Zedtwitz. Podhradí soon became a center of Aš-region.
In 1470-1490, an evangelic church was built here by Zedwitz.
After big fire in 1610, a castle Neuberg was seriously damaged. Family of Zedwitz fall apart, and individual stems moving to new chateaus in Aš, Kopaniny, Doubrava, Smrčina and two chateas in Podhradí. From this moment, Podhradí wasn't centre of Aš-region anymore.
In 1717, a new school was built here.
In 1902, a Upper Chateau was destroyed in next big fire. Destroyed was also a local brewery. Under Chateau was destroyed few years later. In this days, a ruins of old castle Neuberg and Upper Chateau is still located here. Local council make efforts to save them, but, because of bad financial situation is a big problem.
Early 19th century, Podhradí was influence by growing textile industry. Population grows to almost 2000. After World War II and German transfer, village almost defunct. In 2006 the village had a population of 175.
The name of the village
Podhradí is from Pod which means under and hrad, which means castle; Podhradí means under the castle.
- Ruins of castle Neuberg from 13th century,
- ruins of Upper Chateau,
- baroque church of Good Shepherd from 1470–1490,
- 1848-1866 wars memorial from 1893,
- World War I memorial,
- two conciliation crosses.