Rychnov nad Kněžnou

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Rychnov nad Kněžnou
Rychnov Town Hall.JPG
Town Hall
Coat of arms
Country Czech Republic
Region Hradec Králové
District Rychnov nad Kněžnou
Commune Rychnov nad Kněžnou
River Kněžná
Elevation 320 m (1,050 ft)
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
Area 34.95 km2 (13.49 sq mi)
Population 11,823 (2006-08-28)
Density 338/km2 (875/sq mi)
First mentioned 1258
Mayor Ing. Jan Skořepa (ODS)
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 516 01 - 517 01
Location in the Czech Republic
Location in the Czech Republic
Wikimedia Commons: Rychnov nad Kněžnou
Statistics: statnisprava.cz
Website: www.rychnov-city.cz

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 12,000 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.[1]

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

Twin towns — sister cities[edit]

Rychnov nad Kněžnou is twinned with:


  1. ^ Die postalischen Abstempelungen auf den österreichischen Postwertzeichen-Ausgaben 1867, 1883 und 1890, Wilhelm KLEIN, 1967

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