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For Prerow, Germany, see Prerow.
Coat of arms
Country Czech Republic
Region Olomouc
District Přerov
River Bečva
Elevation 210 m (689 ft)
Coordinates 49°27′20″N 17°27′4″E / 49.45556°N 17.45111°E / 49.45556; 17.45111Coordinates: 49°27′20″N 17°27′4″E / 49.45556°N 17.45111°E / 49.45556; 17.45111
Area 58.50 km2 (22.59 sq mi)
Population 44,278 (As of 2015)
Density 757/km2 (1,961/sq mi)
First mentioned 1141
Mayor Vladimír Puchalský
Postal code 750 02
Location in the Czech Republic
Location in the Czech Republic
Wikimedia Commons: Přerov
Website: www.mu-prerov.cz

Přerov (Czech pronunciation: [ˈpr̝̊ɛrof]; German: Prerau) is a town in the Olomouc Region of the Czech Republic where the Bečva river flows through. Přerov is a statute town (2006). It had population of 47,373 as of January 2, 2008. Přerov is about 22 kilometres (14 miles) south east of Olomouc. In the past it was a major crossroads in the heart of Moravia in the Czech Republic.


The locality settlement dates back to primeval times. There is a world—renowned prehistoric site from the stone age on the mound called Hradisko in Přerov Předmostí. The oldest written reference to Přerov dates to 1133 when King Přemysl Otakar gave Přerov the privilege of being a royal town in 1256. The mansion of Přerov, built in place of the former castle, was a residence of an influential house, the house of Pernstejn and Žerotín, from which Charles the Elder of Žerotín significantly influenced the town.[citation needed]

In June 1945, during the expulsion of Germans from Czechoslovakia, 71 men, 120 women and 74 children were killed in a massacre of the German population.[1]

German terrorism in Bohemia and Moravia peaked in Spring 1945 sparking a Czech uprising started in Přerov, Moravia which then spread through the whole country after the murder of 78,154 Czech Jews and 340,000 Czech citizens during the German occupation.[2]

In Přerov there is a of College of logistics, an affiliate of Tomas Bata University Zlin. The helicopter air force is based in Přerov. Currently, Přerov is the social, administrative and cultural centre of the District with developing economics.

The villages Předmostí, Lověšice, Kozlovice, Dluhonice, Újezdec, Čekyně, Henčlov, Lýsky, Popovice, Vinary, Žeravice and Penčice are administrative parts of Přerov.

People of Přerov[edit]


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  1. ^ Prausser, Steffen; Rees, Arfon (December 2004). "The Expulsion of the 'German' Communities at the End of the Second World War, page 18" (PDF). Department of History and Civilization. European University Institute, Florence. Retrieved 2008-12-08. 
  2. ^ Bažant, Jan; Bažantová, Nina; Starn, Frances (2010-12-13). The Czech Reader: History, Culture, Politics. Duke University Press. ISBN 0822347946. 
  3. ^ "Zubr Cup 2014 – Přerov" (in Czech). 21 June 2014. Retrieved 9 November 2014. 
  4. ^ [1] (Czech)