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Chlumec nad Cidlinou

Chlumec nad Cidlinou

It is the town of Klicpera, and baroque, the town of gardens and ponds, and for many the town where a large rebellion of farmers was defeated. These all are things Chlumec nad Cidlinou is known for. It is a town with the population of about five thousand five hundred which lies on an important road connecting Prague and Hradec Králové. In its long and rich history, several milestones stand out: famous Czech playwright Václav Kliment Klicpera was born here, there is the baroque castle Karlova Koruna (Charles’s Crown) which is celebrated in several songs, and, above all, it is the place where the rebellion of Bohemian farmers ended so ingloriously in the second half of the 18th century. There is a well-known saying “to fare like the farmers at Chlumec” that most Czech are familiar with. The town lies about thirty kilometres to the west of Hradec Králové and apart from the defeated farmers it has a lot more to offer. The Chlumec region was first referred to in the Kosmas Chronicle, while the existence of the town of Chlumec is first documented in writing a century later, in 1235. To emphasize several points of its rich history, it is important to mention the period of the Czech branch of the Šternberk family, who ruled the Chlumec region until it was captured by the Hussites in the first half of the 15th century. Partial destruction of the town at that time fuelled the development of the entire agglomeration. Most importantly, a water castle was built here. “Water” in its name was not used by chance as it refers to fish farming, which started to develop in the Chlumec region in the 15th century when the first ponds were set up. Fishing has been a part of the region’s history for centuries and today there are still several ponds around Chlumec. At the beginning of the 18th century, a new aristocratic residence was built on the place of the water castle - Karlova Koruna Castle. It remained very well-preserved until today and it is one of the admired architectural treasures of the town. Chlumec offers further places of interest, for example the gothic-renaissance Parish Church of St. Voršila from 1536 - 1543 and the baroque Marian column from 1710. The Town Museum is found in the Loreto chapel, which was originally a school and dormitory of Catholic Church teaching. Visitors can explore the significant places of Chlumec with the help of an education trail aptly called “The Town in Gardens”.
Regular events
When Title and description
April Opening the Cidlina River -
June Wandering around Chlumec - for hikers and cyclists.
August Chlumec Volleyball Summer -
August “Nářez brouků na palouku” (Beetles on the Meadow) - bikers’ rally.
September Closing the Cidlina River -
September-october Theatre festival „Klicpera´s Chlumec“ -

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Projekt je podporován Královéhradeckým krajem.