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Coat of arms
Country Czech Republic
Region Olomouc
District Olomouc
Commune Šternberk
River Sitka, Grygava
Elevation 268 m (879 ft)
Coordinates 49°43′38″N 17°17′43″E / 49.72722°N 17.29528°E / 49.72722; 17.29528Coordinates: 49°43′38″N 17°17′43″E / 49.72722°N 17.29528°E / 49.72722; 17.29528
Area 48.79 km2 (18.84 sq mi)
Population 14,060 (2006-07-03)
Density 288/km2 (746/sq mi)
First mentioned 1269
Mayor Stanislav Orság
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 050 32 - 785 01
Location in the Czech Republic
Location in the Czech Republic
Wikimedia Commons: Šternberk
Statistics: statnisprava.cz
Website: www.sternberk.cz

Šternberk (Czech pronunciation: [ˈʃtɛrnbɛrk]; German: (Mährisch-)Sternberg) is a town in the Olomouc Region of the Czech Republic. It has c. 14,000 inhabitants.


It was first mentioned as castrum (castle) Sternberch in 1269 and as civitas (town) Sternberch in 1296.

From 1645 until 1650, during and immediately after the Thirty Years' War, the town was held by Sweden. In 1741 it was captured by Prussia.

Austrian KK 10 kreuzer, cancelled Sternberg in 1882

Until 1918, Sternberg in Mähren (simply Sternberg until the end of the 19th century) was part of the Austrian monarchy (Austria side after the compromise of 1867), head of the district with the same name, one of the 34 Bezirkshauptmannschaften in Moravia.[1]

In 1938, after the Munich Agreement, it was occupied by the Nazi army as one of the municipalities in Sudetenland, one of the 2 towns of Landkreis Sternberg.[2] The German speaking population was expelled in 1945 (see the Beneš decrees) and replaced by Czech settlers. In Czech, the town is known as Šternberk.


Notable people from Šternberk[edit]


  1. ^ Die postalischen Abstempelungen auf den österreichischen Postwertzeichen-Ausgaben 1867, 1883 und 1890, Wilhelm Klein, 1967
  2. ^ Article Landkreis Sternberg (Mähren) in German Wikipedia.

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