Welcome to Hradec Králové

Welcome to Hradec Králové

Updated 15/05/2019 16:30   Reading time 6 min.

II. International May tournament Hradec Králové

The historical town of Hradec Králové is located in Eastern Bohemia at the confluence of the Elbe and Orlice Rivers. With almost 100,000 inhabitants, it is the ninth largest city in the Czech Republic.

The territory of today's town was settled in prehistoric times, and in the 10th century the first Slavic fortified settlement was established on the trade route between Prague and Krakow. At the beginning of the 13th century Hradec Králové became a free royal town.

At the beginning of the 20th century, Hradec Králové was given a new face by architects of European format, Jan Kotěra and Josef Gočár. Thanks to a generous urban concept and a number of monumental buildings in the Art Nouveau and Functionalist style, the city was nicknamed the Salon of the Republic.

One of the most beautiful buildings in Hradec Králové and at the same time a perfect example of the then changes is the monumental building of the Museum of Eastern Bohemia on Eliška's embankment, the work of Jan Kotěra from 1909 to 1913. The architect designed an Art Nouveau building made of pressed and partially glazed bricks, also attracting two allegorical figures of sitting women on the facade of a building showing Art and Industry. In the interiors, glass stained glass and mosaics deserve attention, for which the pastel drawing of J. Preisler was the model.

The name of the town suggests that for centuries it was a dowry town of Czech queens. One of his temporary "owners" and generous patrons was the double-widow Eliška Rejčka. It was thanks to this that the Cathedral of Sts. The Spirit of 1307 - a brick Gothic three-aisled building with two massive towers, which today together with the Renaissance White Tower dominates the historic center. Incidentally, in 1424 Hussite commander Jan Žižka of Trocnov was temporarily buried in this temple.

Today, Hradec Králové is the capital of the Hradec Králové Region, with courts, offices and a number of companies and businesses. There are several secondary schools and the University of Hradec Králové, two faculties of Charles University, one faculty of Defense University and a branch of the private Metropolitan University Prague. The city is the headquarters of the University Hospital with a host of top medical facilities.

Hradec Králové is also a city of athletes. In addition to the Extraliga Men and Women in Hockey, the Extraliga Ice Hockey, the highest basketball league of women and men, is played here. There are top tennis players, athletes, skiers and other athletes. There are several modern sports facilities, which include our "Blue Arena". Hradec Králové is also a city of cyclists and skaters. The city is located on the Trans-European Cycle Path, which runs from the source of the Elbe to its mouth to the North Sea.

Hradec Králové also has its own airport, which serves for smaller civilian transport. Mainly there are many cultural, sporting and other events that are important in the whole country.

Hradec Králové's tourist experiences are mysteriously connected with the water element - whether it is about the Giant Aquarium, where you can walk through the underwater tunnel on the bottom of the tropical river, or the Art Nouveau Hydroelectric Power Plant Hučák, where you can get acquainted with various energy sources using interactive exhibits . After all, the Elbe is the city's axis, so a visit to Hradec cannot be avoided without a walk along the waterfront or without a sightseeing cruise on the Elbe with small steam boats Hradec and Královna Eliška.

There are also many cultural and natural attractions around the city. It is close to the highest Czech mountains of the Krkonoše Mountains, not far from the Orlické Mountains. On the highway, Hradec Králové is within easy reach of the capital city of Prague. There is a highway under construction that will connect the city with Poland and also Moravia.


Autor: Martin Chládek

II. International May tournament Hradec Králové

17.5. - 19.5.2019 II. International May Tournament in Hradec Králové. 37 teams in four categories U10 Standard, U10 Elite, U12 and U14. Teams from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Slovenia, Hungary, Croatia, Austria. The tournament will take place in the Sports Ground Hockey Complex in Farařství. This sporting event was financially supported by the city of Hradec Králové.