Jirkov is a small town situated between Most and Chomutov in the Ústí nad Labem Region of the Czech Republic and is situated on the Chomutov – Ústi nad Labem railway line. Although geographically close to the German border, the presence of hills along the border hinders land travel to Germany.
The beginning of Jirkov history is covered in the mist of legends. Historians place the settlement’s beginnings in the last third of the 13th century. The popular assumption that Jirkov was founded in 1269 at the instance of King Přemysl Otakar II who had an interest in the colonisation of the large forest areas in the borderlands of his realm is not based on historical evidence.
Currently, the town invests in tourist infrastructure and attracts visitors by its rich sporting, cultural and social life. The famous Jirkov cellars, St. Gilles church built in early baroque style offering breathtaking views into the wide surrounding, the Červený hrádek chateau resort, ideal conditions for cycling and hiking or the proximity of the Ore Mountains with monumental Jedlová hora mountain overlooking the town –
all this makes Jirkov a frequently visited town.