Lovosice (German: Lobositz) is a small town in northern Bohemia, the western part of the Czech Republic. The number of its inhabitants is just below 10,000.
Geographic coordinates of Lovosice are: latitude 50° 51' and longitude: 14° 05'.
Lovosice is located on the left bank of the Elbe (Labe) River, at the northern border of Elbe lowlands and just at the southern foot of Bohemian Highlands (České Středohoří). The closest mountain is Lovoš. The capital Prague is about 60 km towards south.
Map of the Czech Republic showing a location of Lovosice.
Lovosice belongs to Ústí nad Labem Region, formerly Litoměřice district.
Lovosice is a surprisingly long and narrow town. This shape gave a reason to Czech, widely used, saying "as long as Lovosice".
The town of Lovosice from the top of the Lovoš mountain.
Due to a strategic location, Lovosice is a significant transport junction. Beside of a cargo port on the Elbe River, the town has a great connection to Prague and Germany also by highway D8 and high speed railway Prague - Ústí nad Labem - Dresden.
The town is quite industrial with a long tradition of chemical and food-processing factories.
The tower in Lovosice downtown.
History of Lovosice
A region of Lovosice was inhabited already in the Bronze Age. Some indicia foreshadow that the first Czechs came right here.
The first mention of Lovosice is from April 12, 1143. The prince Vladislav II gave this small village to the Strahov monastery. The emperor Rudolf II promoted the village to the town on July 4, 1600.
An important year in the history of Lovosice was 1756 when Prussia fought in a close neighbourhood in the Battle of Lobositz against Austrian Empire.
During the World War II, Lovosice fell due to a Munich Agreement within a German occupation zone, commonly called Sudetenland. Only 600 Czechs stayed in the town at that time. After the war, when German population was transferred according to results of the Potsdam Conference, Czechs came back and live here practically as the only nationality up to now.
- Municipal office (http://www.meulovo.cz/)
- Information pages (http://www.lovosice.net/)