Zlaté Hory

Coordinates: 50°15′17″N 17°23′38″E / 50.25472°N 17.39389°E / 50.25472; 17.39389
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Zlaté Hory
View of the town from Biskupská kupa
View of the town from Biskupská kupa
Flag of Zlaté Hory
Coat of arms of Zlaté Hory
Zlaté Hory is located in Czech Republic
Zlaté Hory
Zlaté Hory
Location in the Czech Republic
Coordinates: 50°15′17″N 17°23′38″E / 50.25472°N 17.39389°E / 50.25472; 17.39389
Country Czech Republic
First mentioned1263
 • MayorMilan Rác
 • Total85.93 km2 (33.18 sq mi)
390 m (1,280 ft)
 • Total3,668
 • Density43/km2 (110/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
739 76

Zlaté Hory (Czech pronunciation: [ˈzlatɛː ˈɦorɪ]; until 1948 Cukmantl, German: Zuckmantel) is a town in Jeseník District in the Olomouc Region of the Czech Republic. It has about 3,700 inhabitants. The historic town centre is well preserved and is protected by law as an urban monument zone.

Administrative parts[edit]

Town hall

Villages of Dolní Údolí, Horní Údolí, Ondřejovice, Rejvíz, Rožmitál and Salisov are administrative parts of Zlaté Hory.


The name literally means "Golden Mountains".


Zlaté Hory is located about 14 kilometres (9 mi) east of Jeseník and 74 km (46 mi) north of Olomouc, on the border with Poland. It is located in the historical region of Czech Silesia. It lies in the Zlatohorská Highlands, which gave it its modern name. The southernmost part extends to the Hrubý Jeseník mountain range. In this part is also located Orlík – the highest peak of the municipal territory with an elevation of 1,204 metres (3,950 ft).

Several small watercourses flows through the municipal territory. The Zlatý Stream flows through the town proper. The area is rich in springs.[2]


Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary

Golden mines in the Zlaté Hory area were first mentioned in a document from 1224. Edelštejn Castle was founded near the gold mines for their protection. Zlaté Hory (under its old name Cukmantl) was first mentioned in 1263. The area with the gold mines was very attractive and in the 13th century the Přemyslid dukes and the bishops of Wrocław competed for it. In 1306, the settlement was promoted to a town by its then owner, Duke Nicholas I.[3]

Until the mid-15th century, the town was ruled the Opavian dukes except for the period between 1361 and 1367, when it was owned by King John of Bohemia. In 1440, Zlaté Hory was bought by Bolko V the Hussite, who had repaired the Edelštejn Castle and granted the town Magdeburg rights. King George of Poděbrady acquired the town from Bolko's brother Nicholas I of Opole in 1465. Two years later, Edelštejn Castle was attacked and destroyed by Jošt of Rožmberk and after the conclusion of the agreement, Zlaté Hory passed under the rule of the bishops of Wrocław for the following centuries. The town was included within the ecclesiastical Duchy of Nysa, under suzerainty of the Bohemian Crown.[3]

During the Thirty Years' War, Zlaté Hory was repeatedly looted by the Swedish troops. In the second half of the 17th century, the town was at the centre of the infamous Northern Moravia witch trials, during which 54 women were burned. Despite these events, the town experienced economic growth, and linen began to develop.[3]

According to the Austrian census of 1910 the town had 4,520 inhabitants, 100% were German-speaking. Most populous religious group were Roman Catholics with 4,441 (98.3%).[4] Following World War I, it was part of Czechoslovakia.

During the World War II, the German occupiers operated four forced labour subcamps (E256, E446, E779, E786) of the Stalag VIII-B/344 prisoner-of-war camp in the town.[5] On 29 January 1945, German SS soldiers were conducting a death march in the area and murdered 138 prisoners on a road from Konradów.[6]


Historical population
Source: Censuses[7][8]


The largest employer based in the town is CS-CONT, a manufacturer of containers with more than 500 employees.[9]

Modern mining of non-ferrous metal ores, gold and silver was terminated in 1993.[10] In 2019, a geological survey was launched to find out how much gold is still in the deposits and whether reserves of other metals such as copper, zinc and lead are present. Based on the results of the survey and other factors, mining activity may be resumed.[11]


Old Post, today the town museum
Church of Mary Help of Christians

The historic town centre is formed by the Svobody Square and its surroundings. Houses in the centre usually have an older Renaissance or Baroque core with an Empire-style reconstruction of the façade from the early 19th century. The landmarks of the town square are the town hall and the Old Post building. Old Post dates from 1698 and has richly decorated façade with Corinthian columns. Today it houses the Town Museum, focused on the mining tradition of the area and the 17th-century witch trials. In front of the town hall stands a Baroque statue of Saint Joseph from 1731.[12][13]

There are three churches in Zlaté Hory and several smaller sacral monuments.[14] In the town centre are located the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and the Church of the Holy Cross. The pilgrimage Church of Mary Help of Christians is situated in the hills south from the town. The Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary is the landmark of the town. The originally early Gothic structure was rebuilt to its current Baroque form after a fire in 1699.[15] The Baroque Church of the Holy Cross dates from 1764–1768. Today its chamber environment serves mainly cultural purposes.[16]

Ruins of the castles Edelštejn, Koberštejn and Leuchtenštejn are located in the hills around the town. However, only little of them has survived to this day. Edelštejn and Koberštejn are protected as cultural monuments.[12]

The old mining galleries are also protected as cultural monuments. Some are open to the public.[12]

The 18 metres (59 ft) high stone observation tower on the Biskupská kupa Mountain (890 metres (2,920 ft)) is the oldest observation tower in the Eastern Sudetes. It was built in 1898 on the occasion of 50 years of the reign of Emperor Franz Joseph I.[17]

Notable people[edit]

Twin towns – sister cities[edit]

Zlaté Hory is twinned with:[18]

Zlaté Hory also cooperates with Prague 1 and Mikulovice in the Czech Republic.[18]



  1. ^ "Population of Municipalities – 1 January 2023". Czech Statistical Office. 2023-05-23.
  2. ^ "Prameny na zlatohorsku" (in Czech). Město Zlaté Hory. Retrieved 2022-01-31.
  3. ^ a b c "Historie Zlatých Hor" (in Czech). Město Zlaté Hory. Retrieved 2022-01-31.
  4. ^ Ludwig Patryn (ed): Die Ergebnisse der Volkszählung vom 31. Dezember 1910 in Schlesien, Troppau 1912.
  5. ^ "Working Parties". Lamsdorf.com. Archived from the original on 29 October 2020. Retrieved 9 May 2021.
  6. ^ Procházka, Petr (2007), Příběhy z pohraničí (1st ed.), Jeseník: Hnutí Brontosaurus Jeseníky, p. 74
  7. ^ "Historický lexikon obcí České republiky 1869–2011 – Okres Jeseník" (in Czech). Czech Statistical Office. 2015-12-21. pp. 7–8.
  8. ^ "Population Census 2021: Population by sex". Public Database. Czech Statistical Office. 2021-03-27.
  9. ^ "Registr ekonomických subjektů". Business Register (in Czech). Czech Statistical Office. Retrieved 2023-05-19.
  10. ^ "Historie v datech" (in Czech). Město Zlaté Hory. Retrieved 2022-01-31.
  11. ^ "U Zlatých Hor probíhá druhým rokem geologický průzkum. Má zjistit, kolik zlata tamní podzemí ukrývá" (in Czech). Czech Radio. 2021-10-09. Retrieved 2022-01-31.
  12. ^ a b c "Městská památková zóna" (in Czech). Město Zlaté Hory. Retrieved 2022-01-31.
  13. ^ "Městské muzeum Zlaté Hory" (in Czech). CzechTourism. Retrieved 2022-01-31.
  14. ^ "Kostely a kaple" (in Czech). Město Zlaté Hory. Retrieved 2022-01-31.
  15. ^ "Kostel Nanebevzetí Panny Marie ve Zlatých Horách" (in Czech). CzechTourism. Retrieved 2022-01-31.
  16. ^ "Špitální kostel sv. Kříže ve Zlatých Horách" (in Czech). CzechTourism. Retrieved 2022-01-31.
  17. ^ "Rozhledna na Biskupské kupě – nejstarší rozhledna v Jeseníkách" (in Czech). CzechTourism. Retrieved 2022-01-31.
  18. ^ a b "Partnerská města a obce" (in Czech). Město Zlaté Hory. Retrieved 2022-01-31.

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