Basic information about Vitkov

Vítkov town lies in the diverse terrain of Vítkov highlands, a part of Nízký Jeseník mountains. The average altitude is 480 m and the highest peak is Horka hill (603 m) located upon Klokočov village (circa 2 km far from Vítkov).


Remarkable surrounding landscape is dramatically divided by two rather deep valleys of rivers Moravice and Odra. In Vítkov surroundings, there are several tourist routes. The most favourite route leads on both sides of Moravice river, from Kružberk reservoir through Jánské Koupele and Podhradí to Hradec nad Moravicí. Regarding tourism, Vítkov area is very attractive. The services (e.g. accommodation) keep improving in order to satisfy needs of increasing number of visitors; due to which, the population of Vítkov multiplies in summer time. In relation to unique landscape values and rare flora and fauna species (not yet completely explored), Vítkov area is a subject to a scientific interest. Also, the occurrence of Moravice grey slate and a number of slate quarries in the past as well as at present, should be mentioned here.

Arts and culture play an important part in the life of Vítkov's citizens. Amateur theatre tradition began in September 1945 when the Theatre Club of Petr Bezruč was founded. The club came 2nd in 'Jiráskův Hronov', a festival of amateur theatre, in 1948. In 1969 was founded a theatre company which work surprisingly until present. The Department of Culture of Vítkov Municipality organizes concerts and exhibitions in collaboration with schools and special interest clubs. Their work is comparable to much larger cultural centres.

Education, as we believe, is a foundation of national intelligence. The earliest references on education in our town date from the end16th century. The first school, a wooden building consisting of one classroom, was founded by the Evangelicals who taught reading and writing there. In 1630, the school became Catholic and it was supervised by the parish office. Nowadays, Vítkov has three elementary schools, one art school and one gymnasium school.

Vítkov can be proud of its long town history. According to the first written records from 1301, it was founded as a mining town (gold and silver mines) in 2nd half of 13th century. The town, including Vikštejn castle, was held successively by various owners. From 2nd half 19th century, Vítkov became the seat of a district court, a police station and a tax office. 20th century brings development in industries as well as foundation of schools. Between 1914 and 1918, the Neo-Gothic parish church of the Virgin Mary's Ascension, nowadays the town dominant, was built. In 2001, Vítkov town celebrated its 700 years' anniversary.


Area:  5,505 ha
Number of boroughs: 7
Population: 6,254
Jelenice 93
Klokočov 536
Nové Těchanovice 92
Podhradí 50
Prostřední Dvůr 86
Lhotka 73
Zálužné 31
Vítkov 5,293


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