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Masarykovo náměstí Masarykovo náměstí 1 Radnice s kašnou kašna na náměstí Radnice s vrcholem Žalý Kostel sv. Vavřince Zvědavá ulička v létě zámek (uvnitř krkonošské muzeum) Zvědavá ulička v zimě Zámek v zimním hávu Radnice s Krakonošem
Masarykovo náměstí 82, 514 01 Jilemnice
Phone: +420 481 565 111

The town of Jilemnice, located in the foothills of the western Krkonoše, was founded at the beginning of the 13th century. It is renowned for its tradition of clothmaking, which originated in the 16th century and was much improved during the reign of the Harrach family, who governed the town from 1701. In the 19th century Jilemnice became the centre of the Czech inhabitants of the Krkonoše, and conditions for the development of tourism were upgraded. The swift introduction of skiing in the Krkonoše spread throughout population and Jilemnice became the greatest Czech skiing centre, undoubtedly rightfully called ‘The Cradle of Czech Skiing’. The important sights in the town include a 16th century palace, now housing the Krkonoše Museum. It depicts the history and rural culture of the western Krkonoše and the beginnings of skiing in Bohemia. The palace also holds a gallery of paintings by František Kaván, an important Czech landscape painter. There is also a collection of valuable timbered houses known as Zvědavá ulička (Curious Lane). Among the popular events in the town are the Christmas and May fairs and Krakonoš Summer Evenings featuring, besides music, also a display of local costumes.