Rychnov nad Kněžnou

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Rychnov nad Kněžnou
Town Hall
Town Hall
Flag of Rychnov nad Kněžnou
Coat of arms of Rychnov nad Kněžnou
Coat of arms
Rychnov nad Kněžnou is located in Czech Republic
Rychnov nad Kněžnou
Rychnov nad Kněžnou
Location in the Czech Republic
Coordinates: 50°09′47″N 16°16′28″E / 50.16306°N 16.27444°E / 50.16306; 16.27444Coordinates: 50°09′47″N 16°16′28″E / 50.16306°N 16.27444°E / 50.16306; 16.27444
CountryCzech Republic
RegionHradec Králové
DistrictRychnov nad Kněžnou
First mentioned1258
 • MayorJan Skořepa (ODS)
 • Total34.95 km2 (13.49 sq mi)
320 m (1,050 ft)
 • Total10,998
 • Density310/km2 (820/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
516 01

Rychnov nad Kněžnou (Czech pronunciation: [ˈrɪxnof ˈnat kɲɛʒnou]; German: Reichenau an der Knieschna) is a town in the Hradec Králové Region of the Czech Republic. It has around 11,000 inhabitants.

This is a small town, with a sprinkling of other small towns in the vicinity. The nearest big city (more than 100,000 inhabitants) is Hradec Králové which is about 32 km to the west.


Aerial view
The castle

The town was founded during the colonization of the Orlické Mountains, when Heřman z Drnholce obtained a strip of land around Rychnov from Ottokar II of Bohemia. The first known written note about Rychnov is attributed to Heřman z Drnholce, in a document dated from the 1st of February 1258 in Vienna.

Rychnov was located at an important trading route.

Until 1918, the town was part of the Austrian monarchy, and head of the REICHENAU district, one of the 94 Bezirkshauptmannschaften in Bohemia. The 1878 cancellation under Franz-Joseph I ruling is an early use of German and Czechoslovakian languages.[2]

Bilingual cancellation in 1878: Reichenau a.d. Knezna - Rychnov nad Kněžnou

Twin towns — sister cities[edit]

Rychnov nad Kněžnou is twinned with:


  1. ^ "Population of municipalities of the Czech republic". Czech Statistical Office. Retrieved 2019-04-30.
  2. ^ Die postalischen Abstempelungen auf den österreichischen Postwertzeichen-Ausgaben 1867, 1883 und 1890, Wilhelm KLEIN, 1967

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