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Kasperske Hory

Castles · History Museums
Kašperské Hory is a town in the Plzeň Region of the Czech Republic. It lies in the Šumava Range, some 65km south of the region's capital of Plzeň.Altitude: 730 m.n.m.Origins: first written record in 1330Number of inhabitants: 1594Administrative area in hectares: 4 415 haSettlements falling into the administrative area: Kašperské Hory, Červená, Dolní Dvorce, Kavrlík, Lídlovy Dvory, Opolenec, Podlesí, Tuškov, ŽlíbekKašperské Hory is a mountainous resort rich in history. The Kašperk castle, built by Karel IV. to guard the border and protect the trade route and local gold mines, is towering above the town. There are two guided tours available and from April to October the castle offers a rich cultural programme. Special Christmas, Easter and Lent events take place annually.There are three museums in the town, the local history museum The Museum of Šumava featuring extensive exhibitions on glass making, wood cutting, gold mining, natural history exhibits, folklore and seasonal exhibitions. The museum is open from May to October. The other museums, the Museum of Historical Motorcycles and Exposition on Czech Wooden Toys are open all year round.The German-speaking population was forcibly expelled from the city and indeed all of Czechoslovakia after the end of the war in 1945, according to the provisions of the Potsdam agreement. All of their property was confiscated.One can enjoy local countryside by following 5 circular routes and 2 nature trails suitable both for walking and cycling. In winter there are tracks for cross country skiing covering 20 km and a down hill skiing complex with artificial snow, 3 ski lifts and a ski school.
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