Kralupy nad Vltavou ( ) is a
city in the Central Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic.
It has cca 18,000 inhabitants. The city lies on the
Vltava River some 25 km (15.5
miles) north of Prague, the capital
of both the Czech
Republic and the
It consists of the following neighborhoods:
Kralupy, Lobeč, Lobeček, Minice, Mikovice, Zeměchy. These
neighborhoods were separate villages before the creation of the
city in the beginning of the 20th century.
The area of the actual city is inhabited for millennia, but a
significant growth of its population did not begin until the 19th
century. It was a construction of railroad that stimulated a strong
population growth. Factories were built near the railroad, and the
Oil Campaign of World War
targeted the oil refinery on December 28, 1944. During the
totalitarian communist rule (1948-89) the city lacked democratic
municipal government.The city center was damaged by flood in 2002
Three bridges across the Vltava River are in the city - Masaryk
Bridge (a highway bridge built in 1920s), a
footbridge with bicycle lane (built in 1990s) and a railroad
bridge. The city is a railroad hub. An important railroad from Prague to Dresden runs through
it and two less important railroads also run through there.
The Vltava River is also used for transportation.