Kašperské Hory ([ˈkaʃpɛrskɛː ˈɦorɪ] (listen); German: Bergreichenstein) is a town in the Plzeň Region of the Czech Republic. It lies in the Šumava Range, some 65 km (40 mi) south of the region's capital of Plzeň.
Panorama view of the town
|• Mayor||Bohuslava Bernardová|
|• Total||44.12 km2 (17.03 sq mi)|
|Elevation||758 m (2,487 ft)|
|• Density||32/km2 (84/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
Kašperské Hory is also the seat of the Municipality with Commissioned Local Authority within the Sušice Municipality with Extended Competence.
Kašperské Hory is a mountainous resort rich in history. The Kašperk Castle, built by Charles 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 original German-speaking population was forcibly expelled from the town and indeed all of Czechoslovakia after the end of the World War II in 1945 in accordance and pursuance of the provisions of the Potsdam agreement, with all of their property confiscated. Subsequently, the town was repopulated with Czechs.
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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