Cheb, Špalíček © Libor Sváček, archiv CzechTourism


Cheb was considered a strategic town from the times of Frederick Barbarossa and was also nurtured by Charles IV.

Situated a mere five kilometres from the German border, Cheb did not become permanently incorporated into the Kingdom of Bohemia until 1322. Before that, as an important strategic site, it had been in the hands of Frederick Barbarossa, Holy Roman Emperor, who had commissioned the construction of a castle on this very spot. Under the Luxembourg rule it was rebuilt into a Gothic fortress and was visited six times by Charles IV alone. The King ordered that all journeys from Prague to lucrative western markets had to be made via Cheb. Charles was fond of Cheb but that didn’t stop him from getting angry with it. After a pogrom against Jews, Cheb residents had to pay damages to the King – Jews were his property and thereby protected by him. Today, there are only some parts of the Cheb Castle left, however they still emit imperial nobility.

Source Cheb, letecký pohled © Libor Sváček, archiv CzechTourism

Source Cheb, Náměstí a Špalíček © ThinkstockPhotos

Source Cheb, letecký pohled © Libor Sváček, archiv CzechTourism


město Cheb
Turisické infocentrum, Jateční 476/2, 350 20 Cheb

Tel: +420 354 440 302
GPS: 50.0790442, 12.3710986

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