Hradec Králové is one of the oldest settlements in the Czech Republic. It is famous not only for its musical instruments manufacture but also it represents a centre of intellectual life, culture and education in Eastern Bohemia. In many ways, it contributed to the uplifting of the Czech nation and helped it to find its place in the international arena.
If you decide to go on a trip to Hradec Králové, here are some places to visit:
The White Tower
The most dominant feature of Hradec Králové, the White Tower, with a height of 72 metres represents the tallest structure of the city. From the top of the tower, visitors can admire not only beautiful views but also the distant peaks of Krkonoše and Orlické mountains.
After a major reconstruction between the years 2013 and 2015, a section of the White Tower which was not accessible before, is now open to the public. It contains a glass model of the tower. It weighs approximately 1 ton and is a 1:20 scale model of the real tower, which is 3.6 meters in height.
DID YOU KNOW? The original name of one of the oldest settlements in the Czech Republic was Hradec (the Castle), while Králové (of the queen) was affixed when it became one of the towns where Elizabeth of Poland lived for thirty years, having been the second wife of two Bohemian Kings, Wenceslaus II and then Rudolph I of Habsburg.
Museum of Eastern Bohemia in Hradec Králové
The museum in Hradec Králové was established in 1880. Its collections quickly expanded mainly due to the archaeological findings uncovered during the demolition of the military fortress, and the gifts from the town’s citizens. The basement was designed to include workshops, rooms for technology collections, changing rooms and other utilities. The ground floor was designed to include the big reading room, the library, the director’s office, the cloakroom and the big lecture hall with an amphitheatre-style auditorium for two hundred people.
The Intellectual Domain
Hradec Králové is a university town: it is centred around the University of Hradec Králové with four faculties and one institute, as well as the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Pharmacy of Charles University and the Faculty of Military Health of the University of Defence. There are three important grammar schools with a long educational tradition: J. K. Tyl Grammar School, The Grammar School of Božena Němcová and Bishop’s Grammar School (formerly Bohuslav Balbín) with a historical connection to the ancient Jesuit schools. The fourth grammar school is the First Private Language Grammar School. There are also around ten vocational schools in the city, including the Business Academy, Secondary Industrial School, Veterinary Secondary School and private Secondary School of Applied Cybernetics.
By the way, Hradec Králové is the city where our CEO Andrea Tkačuková, and CFO Vojtech Stehno started the Foreigners agency which is helping people all around the world relocate to the Czech Republic.