Strakonice

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Strakonice
Town
Zasněžený střed Strakonic.jpg
Flag of Strakonice
Flag
Coat of arms of Strakonice
Coat of arms
Strakonice is located in Czech Republic
Strakonice
Strakonice
Location in the Czech Republic
Coordinates: 49°15′N 13°54′E / 49.250°N 13.900°E / 49.250; 13.900Coordinates: 49°15′N 13°54′E / 49.250°N 13.900°E / 49.250; 13.900
CountryCzech Republic
RegionSouth Bohemian
DistrictStrakonice
First mentioned1367
Government
 • MayorBřetislav Hrdlička
Area
 • Total34.68 km2 (13.39 sq mi)
Elevation393 m (1,289 ft)
Population (01.01.2015)
 • Total23,020
 • Density660/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code386 01
Websitewww.strakonice.net

Strakonice (Czech pronunciation: [ˈstrakoɲɪtsɛ]; German: Strakonitz) is a town in the South Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic.

Geography[edit]

The town is located at the confluence of the Volyňka and Otava rivers. The municipal area comprises the districts of Dražejov, Hájská, Modlešovice, Přední Ptákovice, Strakonice proper (I and II), Střela, and Virt. Estimated population: 22,922 (2014).

Close to the town is natural monument Bažantnice u Pracejovic.

History[edit]

Strakonice Castle

The settlement of this region took place in the second half of 12th century. A moated castle on the Otava River was built by the noble House of Strakonice at the beginning of the 13th century. In 1243 they donated a part of the castle to the knights hospitaller of the Order of Saint John. In 1367 Strakonice obtained city rights.

From the beginning of the 15th century the Knights Hospitaller owned the whole castle as well as the surrounding manor. In 1420 the Hussite commander Jan Žižka occupied Strakonice, but failed to capture the fortress. Strakonice Castle experienced an extensive reconstruction to a representation residence of the Grand Priors of the Order in the 16th century, the later modifications were minor only.

Nowadays a part of the castle serves as a museum of the region of Strakonice.

Climate[edit]

Strakonice has a cool, wet, and temperate inland version of a humid continental climate (Dfb).

Climate data for Strakonice
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 0.8
(33.4)
2.5
(36.5)
8.3
(46.9)
13.5
(56.3)
18.7
(65.7)
21.8
(71.2)
23.6
(74.5)
23.0
(73.4)
19.2
(66.6)
13.0
(55.4)
6.0
(42.8)
2.4
(36.3)
12.7
(54.9)
Daily mean °C (°F) −2.3
(27.9)
−1.2
(29.8)
3.5
(38.3)
7.9
(46.2)
12.8
(55)
16.0
(60.8)
17.8
(64)
17.2
(63)
13.7
(56.7)
8.3
(46.9)
3.0
(37.4)
−0.3
(31.5)
8.0
(46.4)
Average low °C (°F) −5.4
(22.3)
−4.9
(23.2)
−1.2
(29.8)
2.4
(36.3)
6.9
(44.4)
10.3
(50.5)
12.0
(53.6)
11.5
(52.7)
8.2
(46.8)
3.7
(38.7)
0.0
(32)
−3.0
(26.6)
3.4
(38.1)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 48
(1.89)
40
(1.57)
45
(1.77)
46
(1.81)
75
(2.95)
83
(3.27)
92
(3.62)
81
(3.19)
58
(2.28)
45
(1.77)
45
(1.77)
54
(2.13)
712
(28.03)
Source: Climate-Data.ORG [1]

Today[edit]

Mezinárodní dudácký festival / International Bagpipe Festival, 2006
Dudák; the burghers' brewery

Since the 19th century Strakonice was a main production site for fez hats and it also became an industrial center known for its motorbikes and hand guns.

Strakonice is also well known for a brewery called: DUDÁK - Měšťanský pivovar Strakonice, a.s., located nearby the castle. The Strakonice Burghers’ Brewery is the last brewery in the Czech Republic to still be owned by a town. The tradition of beer brewing has been linked to the rich history of the Otava River region since 1649.

Notable people[edit]

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Strakonice is twinned with:

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