Mělník

Mělník  is a town in the Central Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic.

Mělník city hallIt lies at the confluence of the Labe and Vltava rivers, approximately 35 km north of Prague.

Mělník - the confluence of the Labe and Vltava rivers

Mělník – the confluence of the Labe and Vltava rivers

 

The town is part of the Prague larger urban zone. The region belongs to the most important agricultural areas of the Czech Republic. The main agricultural produce are fruits, vegetables, potatoes, corn, sugar beet and wine.

Melnik town hall

Melnik town hall

In the 5th and 6th century many Slavonic tribes lived here, and the tribe of Pšovans created its main settlement in Mělník. Saint Ludmila (the grandmother of the Saint Wenceslas), who married the Bohemian prince Bořivoj, belonged to this tribe. Coins of the princess Emma are the first demonstration of the existence of Mělník. In November 1274 Mělník gained the statute of town from king Ottokar II of Bohemia and later became a dowry town belonging to queens of Bohemia.

the Mělník Castle & Church and wine yards

the Mělník Castle & Church and wine yards

 

This ancient royal dowry city as the center of an agricultural region famous mainly in grape growing and yearly festivities of wine harvesting.

The impressive and by far visible dominant is the town’s castle and church tower of St. Peter and Paul.

The Mělník castle belongs to the most important sights of this town. The castle is built in the Renaissance style. Below the castle there are large wine cellars. Confiscated by the communists, it has been restored to its traditional owners, the princes of Lobkowicz.

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