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The city of Lanškroun was established in the 13th century and its name Landeskrone – Earth’s Crown” accentuated the significance of the place on the borders with Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia. It lies in the Lanškroun basin below the southernmost foothills of the Eagle Mountains at 49°55' north latitude and 16°37' east longitude at an altitude of around 380 m above sea level.

The City of Lanškroun.

With its population of 10 000, today’s Lanškroun is a quickly growing and developing modern city with a vision for the future. It is a city of electronics, machine engineering, the paper industry and a city of secondary schools, live culture and modern sports facilities. The city of Lanškroun is the administrative region of the Lanškroun Region for 22 municipalities with around 25 000 inhabitants: Albrechtice, Anenská Studánka, Cotkytle, Čenkovice, Damníkov, Dolní Čermná, Horní Čermná, Horní Heřmanice, Horní Třešňovec, Krasíkov, Lubník, Luková, Ostrov, Petrovice, Rudoltice, Sázava, Strážná, Tatenice, Trpík, Výprachtice, Žichlínek.

Lanškroun has established long-term cooperation partner cities and towns: Polish Dzierżoniów (120 km, 38000 inhabitants) and Serock near Warsaw (7000 inhabitants), Slovak Kežmarok on the eastern foothills of the High Tatras (17500 inhabitants) and Castiglione in Severin in central Italy above the Tiber River in the Lazio Region (3000 inhabitants).

Industry and Employment

Lanškroun tobacco factory.

The west industrial zone of Lanškroun was established after 1885 near the train station and the main north-south motorway (in the direction of Wroclaw, Klodsko - Brno, Vienna). Today large industrial companies are concentrated here supported by the high qualified workers and own development. The smaller east industrial zone on the other side of the city focuses mainly on dynamic medium-sized companies. Moreover, the city has invested into more land for further company growth in the future. The main industrial sectors in Lanškroun are the electrotechnical industry (production of electronic components and parts), the machine engineering industry (mainly the production of special purpose machines and tools), the paper industry (production, sales and distribution paper products) and the construction industry.

The industrial businesses ensure high employment for the inhabitants of Lanškroun and its surroundings. A number of successes of local entrepreneurs and managers, even significant investment of several international companies, which produce in Lanškroun, all contribute to the economical development of the city. 250 companies operate in the city with a population of 10 000, there are over 2000 registered private entrepreneurs and tradesmen. The present industrial strength of Lanškroun is demonstrated for example by the fact that there are around 6000 job positions in industry alone, so large companies transport their employees from 50 km radius. More than two thirds of the world production of igniters for airbags come from Lanškroun, one quarter of the world’s production of tantalum capacitors is made by Lanškroun technicians and workers, so for example you surely have a number of components in your mobile or car that were manufactured in Lanškroun.

Schooling and Education

Lanškroun Grammar School.

In the 2nd half of the 19th century educational centres were established – the Grammar School (1874) and Secondary Vocational School of Weaving. During the course of the 20th century there was an increase in the influence of Czech inhabitants in the city and even a Czech burgher school was established here. Now there are five nursery schools (for children aged 3-6), four basic schools (6-15 years old), three secondary schools (15-18 years old). Moreover, a Grammar School, secondary vocational school, secondary vocational training and Secondary School of Agriculture – it provides secondary general and specialized education. There is a special school here. Children can take advantage of the programmes, extracurricular clubs and activities, the Children’s and Youth Home in their free time. Artistically talented pupils and students develop their talents at the Lanškroun Basic Arts School of Jindřich Praveček with a focus on dance and art.

Health and Social Care

Healthcare in Lanškroun is provided by five paediatricians, ten general practitioners, more than twenty specialists and fifteen dentists. The emergency medical service team is based in Lanškroun (tel. 155), which helps patients in life-threatening situations. Furthermore, the state police (tel. 158) and city police (tel. 156) operate here. A group of seventeen voluntary firefighters can support professional firefighters in Lanškroun (tel. 150). There are 25 organizations and associations in the social and social health sector.

Culture, Sport, Clubs

B. Modrý Hall.

The cultural and social life of the inhabitants is actively influenced by the Cultural Centre. The City Museum which is housed in the chateau in Lanškroun and was established in 1905, issues several publications per year, regularly prepared not only temporary exhibits but also takes care of permanent exhibits on the History of Lanškroun City, the Cabinet of Coins and Medals of Academic Painter Zd. Kolářsky, Glassmaking on the Borderlands of Bohemia and Moravia and the Memorial Hall to Jindřich Praveček, native of nearby Výprachtice. The city library on Al. Jirásek Square offers tens of thousands of books, the Lanškroun cinema with a capacity for almost 300 persons projects daily all year round. The Information Centre on B. Němcova Street (no. 124) provides not only information services about the city and region, but also contributes to the preparation and processing of tourist infrastructure or prepares information and presentation materials (Inforočenka/Yearly Info, Calendar of monthly events). Life in the city and region is captured by the Lanškroun Paper, an extensive bi-weekly which is complemented by a colour special five times a year. 

Social clubs are popular in Lanškroun. There are many cultural, sports and social organizations and civic associations here. In terms of numbers and activities, music and vocal groups (over 20 choirs and groups) are significant and three amateur theatre groups as well. The work and results of sports organizations and clubs (over 30) are significant, especially cycling, volleyball, football and hikers. The aforementioned annually prepares the Lanškroun “Kopa” on the second Saturday in September. It is a mass hiking march with almost forty years of tradition (5 to 100 km), which is also connected to the autumn city festivities.

Tips for Leisure Time

Landscape around Lanškroun.

In Lanškroun you can take advantage of the offer of more than forty restaurants and snack bars and a number of sports facilities. In winter to can go skating or play hockey in the B. Modry Hall with an ice rink. In summer you can enjoy the outdoor swimming facilities at Dlouhý Pond with a beach and mini-golf. The indoor swimming pool in Dobrovsky Basic School (12.5 x 6 m) is opened for most of the year or the large Střelnice sports hall. You can visit bowling centres, gyms or fitness studios all year round. In terms of outdoor sports facilities you can use e.g. quality volleyball, beach volleyball and tennis courts or football pitches. For the greater part of the year, the Moravská Sázava River is navigable from Krasíkova, or enjoy a bird’s eye view of the world at the paragliding centre in Výprachtice. You can even take advantage of the opportunity of a sightseeing flight from one of the three airports within a fifteen kilometre radius.

Choose Lanškroun for your holiday – you will find everything you need here. Clean nature, countless historical monuments and modern life will captivate you. You don’t like staying put in one place? Would you like to see Bohemia and the flat Elbe River Region, Moravia and fertile Hana, Poland or the Klodska Basin during your holiday? You can get to any of these places from Lanškroun within an hour by car. It also takes just an hour from Lanškroun to get to the highest parts of the Eagle Mountains, or you can ascend the Králický Sněžník or visit a fortress, conquer the peaks of the Jeseník Mountains and relax in a thermal spa. You can let the poetry of the Bohemian-Moravian Uplands enchant you or be absorbed by the caves of the Moravian karst.

Discover what life is like in Lanškroun.

Photo: Jiřina Straková and Petr Celý