Dvůr Králové nad Labem is a town in the Czech Republic in Hradec Králové Region, in the Labe (Elbe) river valley. It is located in the Eastern Bohemia close to the Czech highest mountains Krkonoše.
A small settlement of the Dvůr (court) with a small church probably originated in the late 12th century.
The first written record of Dvůr dates from 1270, referred to in Latin as Curia. It also appears named in German, “Hof”, in 1316. The Czech name “Dwuor” arises in the year 1421. This name probably denotes the prince’s court which was built in the vicinity of the church.
One of the biggest attractions is the zoo with the largest collection of African wildlife in Europe and the Safari Park. Dvůr Králové Zoo with its African safari theme lies near the town. Visitors may admire well over 2000 animals of 500 species of mostly African hoofstock which makes this zoo one of the largest in Europe. As one of the most successful breeders of many endangered species it is of note that within the last 30 years more than 200 giraffes were born there.