Tanvald (Czech pronunciation: [ˈtanvalt]; German: Tannwald) is a town in Jablonec nad Nisou District in the Liberec Region of the Czech Republic. It has about 6,200 inhabitants.

Town hall
Town hall
Flag of Tanvald
Coat of arms of Tanvald
Coat of arms
Etymology: "Fir forest" in German
Tanvald is located in Czech Republic
Location in the Czech Republic
Coordinates: 50°44′15″N 15°18′21″E / 50.73750°N 15.30583°E / 50.73750; 15.30583Coordinates: 50°44′15″N 15°18′21″E / 50.73750°N 15.30583°E / 50.73750; 15.30583
Country Czech Republic
DistrictJablonec nad Nisou
First mentioned1586
 • MayorVladimír Vyhnálek
 • Total12.45 km2 (4.81 sq mi)
455 m (1,493 ft)
 • Total6,216
 • Density500/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
468 41

Administrative partsEdit

Town part of Šumburk nad Desnou and village of Žďár are administrative parts of Tanvald.


The first written mention of Tanvald is from 1586, when it was described as a lumbering settlement. In 1895 the village was promoted to a market town and in 1905 to a town. In 1848 Žďár was joined to Tanvald.[2][3]

The first written mention of Šumburk nad Desnou is from the 17th century, it was probably founded between 1565 and 1581. In 1906 it was promoted to a market town and in 1925 to a town. In 1942 Tanvald and Šumburk nad Desnou were merged into one municipality.[2][3]

From 1938 to 1945 Tanvald was one of the municipalities in Sudetenland, a region incorporated by Nazi Germany. The majority Sudeten German population was expelled in 1945. The town was then resettled with Czechs.[2]


The town has direct rail connection with Prague. Traffic on the railway line to Jelenia Góra in Poland was restricted in 1945 (the trains terminated in Harrachov, see cog railway Tanvald–Harrachov) and reinstated in 2010. Koleje Dolnośląskie D21 line runs from Szklarska Poręba to Liberec via the town.

Twin towns – sister citiesEdit

Tanvald is twinned with:[4]


  1. ^ "Population of Municipalities – 1 January 2020". Czech Statistical Office. 2020-04-30.
  2. ^ a b c "Historie města v datech" (in Czech). Město Tanvald. Retrieved 2021-02-02.
  3. ^ a b "Historie města a okolí" (in Czech). Město Tanvald. Retrieved 2021-02-02.
  4. ^ "Partnerská města" (in Czech). Město Tanvald. Retrieved 2020-08-16.

External linksEdit

  •   Media related to Tanvald at Wikimedia Commons