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|Elevation||185 m (607 ft)|
|Area||33.70 km2 (13.01 sq mi)|
|Density||416/km2 (1,077/sq mi)|
|First mentioned||12th century|
|- summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Postal code||290 01|
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Poděbrady (Czech pronunciation: [ˈpoɟɛbradɪ]; German: Podiebrad) is a historical spa town in the Central Bohemian Region, Czech Republic. It lies on the river Labe 50 kilometres (31 mi) east of Prague on the D11 highway. It obtained the status of town from the Czech king in the year 1472. A historic milestone in the life of the town was the year 1905, when it was visited by the German estate owner Prince von Bülow. This well-known water diviner found in the inner courtyard of the castle signs of a strong spring, which was later bored to a depth of 97.6 metres (320 ft). The discovery of carbonic mineral water resulted in the opening of the first spa in 1908. After World War I Poděbrady rapidly changed into a spa town which from 1926 specialized in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, rapidly gaining renown not only in the Czech Republic, but also abroad in countries including Austria, Germany, Russia and the United States.
The history of Poděbrady reaches back to medieval times. A long-distance trade route running from Prague to eastern Bohemia and then on to Silesia and Poland passed through the then-forested landscape interwoven with a dense network of river branches. This important communication intersected the River Labe to the west of the present town, at a place called Na Vinici.
An ancient community and a small fortress originated near the ford. It is most likely that the position of this community is reflected in the present name of the town: Poděbrady – "pode brody" = below the ford.
Points of interest
In Podebrady attractions include lakes for swimming, a riding school and tennis courts.
- Near Podebrady, there is a longwave transmitter used for transmitting meteorological reports. It uses a T-antenna mounted on two 150 m-tall guyed masts. The local golf course is located on the site of the transmitter.
- The mineral water that was found in the early 1900s is better known as Poděbradka. The water contains iron deposits; if left over the course of a few days a rust-like deposit will settle at the bottom and will stain plastic bottles. There are four free public taps where people are able to obtain Poděbradka. There is also a refined version of Poděbradka that is not as heavy with the iron deposits that can be purchased from most stores in the Czech Republic.
People connected with Poděbrady
- George of Podebrady, King of Bohemia
- Kunigunde of Sternberg, buried here
- Ludvík Kuba, painter, musician and writer
- Václav Havel, first democratic president of Czech Republic
- Miloš Forman, filmmaker
- Hans Janowitz, author
- the Mašín brothers
- Marta Kubišová, singer and signatory to Charter 77
- Jan Trampota, painter, died here
Twin towns — Sister cities
Poděbrady is twinned with:
- Asiedu, Dita (23 April 2003). "The spa town of Podebrady". Radio Prague. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
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