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Pardubice is the capital city of the Pardubice Region and lies on the river Elbe, 65 miles east of Prague.Pardubice has an antique centre square and old town, with many restaurants that stay open until late in the evening.There is an old Tower and a recently renovated Castle.Factories include the Synthesia chemical factory (manufacturer of Semtex, a plastic explosive), an oil refinery Paramo, a heavy machinery factory and an electronic equipment plant.The Czech Open Chess Tournament is the biggest in Europe, with roughly 1200 players from all over the world competing in the main groups, and many side-events such as a team championship, a Rubik's cube competition and a Go-tournament.Pardubice is home to one of the top hockey teams in the Czech Extraliga, HC Pardubice (former Tesla).The local hockey club has bred international stars such as Vladimir Martinec, Dominik Hasek, Otakar Janecky, Ales Hemsky, Jan Bulis (all natives of Pardubice) and Milan Hejduk. Former NBA player Jiri Welsch is also a native of the city.

The area had a monastery beginning in the early 13th century, and the city was founded c.1340.Arnost of Pardubice, the first archbishop of Prague, was born in Pardubice in 1297.Since 1874, the Great Pardubice Steeplechase (Velka Pardubicka) horse race has taken place every autumn (second Sunday in October).The Fanto Werke refinery at Pardubice was repeatedly bombed during the Oil Campaign of World War II, and forced labor was provided by a concentration camp.The Tesla electronics manufacturer operated from 1921–1989, and the Foxconn factory was established in June 2000.

How to Reach

By Air

Pardubice Airport has an advantageous position in the middle of the region of East Bohemia. Thanks to this, it is fast and easy to access not just from all places in the region, but also from all adjacent regions, either in the direction from Prague, or from Liberec and Hradec Kralove in the north, or from Olomouc or Havlickuv Brod.The airport is ca. 4 km southwest from the city centre and can be reached from all directions without having to go through the centre. Pardubice Airport has fulfills all conditions of Schengen space and thus cancelled all border controls for flights to countries of the European Union on the night of March 29th, 2008.

By Train

The easiest way to get to Pardubice is by train.It lays on railway between Prague - Brno - Vienna and Prague - Ostrava.There is at least one train to and from Prague every hour.Travel to Prague takes about one hour (104 km).

By Cruise

The Arnost cruise boat anchors in Pardubice at the CEZ Arena and cruises to Kunetice and Srnojed.Navigating the Labe to Pardubice and establishing a multi-modal logistics centre, which includes the port for the cruise boat Arnost in Pardubice, is a long-term goal. A territory is reserved on the left bank of the Labe between Svitkov and Srnojed, for the multi-modal logistics centre. The division of the 102 ha area is planned into a public port, multi-modal logistics centre and winter port territory.

Key places to visit
Pardubice chateau, Museum of East Bohemia, Velka Pardubicka Steeplechase, Ice hockey, Plocha draha


Places to Visit

Pardubice chateau

The beginnings of the feudal residence on the site of the chateau go back to the end of the 13th century.It underwent numerous reconstructions.The most significant took place at the end of the 15th century and beginning of the 16th century under the rule of the lords of Pernstejn.The original castle was transformed into a palace.A new, massive fortress was built around it.Thus, a combination of a castle and chateau was created.No building of this type has been preserved to this extent in Central Europe.Highly valuable remains of early renaissance wall paintings, two soffit ceilings, plus valuable elements of architecture such as the entry portal.The Pernstejns sold the chateau and manor to the King in 1560.The last significant reconstructions date back to the 1570s.The original furnishings of the interior were not preserved.The chateau is now the residence of the Museum of East Bohemia in Pardubice and part of the area is also used by the Gallery of East Bohemia.

Museum of East Bohemia

Beginning in Pardubice Museum dates back to 1880, when the statutes were approved Musejního League, founded a group of local enthusiasts to save the vanishing of historical monuments and documents of the natural environment.Museum collections, thanks to public interest grew nicely, but a few years began to weigh the association members worried about their placement in appropriate areas. After years of futile efforts to raise funds and space for building your own building, the problem is solved with the location of the museum in 1920.Musejni association had bought with the help of the city and other supporters of the Pardubice castle and a year later, even a castle on Kuneticka Mountain.In Pardubice Museum, which since 1964 began to use the name East museum were gradually built up a basic permanent exhibition, the collection expanded, the tradition of relatively rich lectures. Since the museum is separated as an independent institution first archive (now State District Archive in Pardubice), then gallery (now the East Bohemian Gallery in Pardubice) and then regional conservation center (now the regional expertise of the National Heritage Institute).

Velka Pardubicka Steeplechase

Horses have been a part of the emblem of Pardubice since the 12th century and have gone far beyond just that. In the first half of the 19th century, so-called “run with hounds” hunts were held in Pardubice – a stag chase with the help of horses and dogs, which were targeted with various barriers. From here, it was just a small step to steeplechase horse races and of course, the renowned Velka Pardubicka Steeplechase.Thanks to inspiration from England’s Grand Liverpool and inventions of its founders, a unique race was established, which was first held in 1874 and with several forced breaks it annually attracts the best horses, jockeys and horse lovers from around the whole world.

Ice hockey

Every fan of the local club has to have a package with gingerbread with them, so that they can throw them on the ice after Pardubice players score a victorious win.This ritual has been traditional for just the past few seasons.The historical first game was played on the present day Maticni Lake in 1913, in 1947 the first winter stadium was opened and the Pardubice team has been playing non-stop in the highest Czechoslovakian or Czech league since 1949.Whether the club played under the name Slavia, Dynamo, Tesla or HC Moeller at present, it has always had a great number of loyal fans, who had the opportunity to celebrate the title of national champions four times in history.

Plocha draha

The city belongs to horse lovers for one week each year before the Velka Pardubicka. However, you would be wasting your time looking for cutaway coats and noblesse hats in the wardrobes of these fans, and the reason is simple their loved horses are hidden under the hood of roaring motorcycles.Since 1929, the best racers in the world and their admirers from all corners of the world, even as far as Australia, have been gathering at the Pardubice speedway stadium to battle for the Golden Helmet.The first speedway motorcycle race took place on the initiative of Frantiska Hladeny (1903-1942) on the grass track of the racecourse.Since the 2nd year (1930), international participants have taken part and since 1964 the race has been held on the cinder track of the speedway stadium in Pardubice - Svitkova.

Right Time to Visit

April - July
August - November


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