Cheb is a city in West Bohemia, in the Carlsbad Region, Cheb District, situated on the Ohře River. The city is the entry gate to the world renowned spa triangle –Karlovy Vary/Carlsbad - Mariánské Lázně/Marienbad - Františkovy Lázně/Frazensbad.
In its wealthy history, Cheb always played an important role. It was the city where people gathered to meet and the cultural centre of the Bohemian – German borderland. As a family domain, it was acquired by Friedrich Barbarossa in 1167, who had the imperial fortress built here. King Jan Lucemburg added Cheb to the Czech Crown lands. The exclusive position of Cheb at the time was further distinguished by e.g. the right of the citizens of Cheb to mint their own coins. Fundamental political meetings and events have taken place here, which have had an impact on the life of all of Europe. The one that has most probably ingrained itself the most on the memory is the murder of Duke Albrecht of Waldstein on 25.2.1634.
It is as if the architectural treasures of the city would like to remind us that the famous architect of the residence in Wurzburk was born in Cheb, architect Balthasar Neumann, moreover, the work of important architects Kryštof Dientzenhofer, A. Leutner, G. B. Alliprandi, P. Bayer and A. Pfeffer document both Baroque sacred and secular building structures. One of the most beautiful Central European Romanesque monuments is Cheb Castle, which conceals a European rarity – a unique two-storey Romanesque chapel. The symbol of the city Špalíček, whose history reaches back to the 13th century, and other conserved burgher homes create the unforgettable atmosphere of Cheb’s square.
The historical city Cheb is the cultural centre of the region. A professional theatre group performs in Cheb. Art lovers will appreciate the several galleries and museums available. Furthermore, Cheb offers photography lovers the renowned Gallery G4.
Overview of annual significant cultural events:
- June - August – Music Festival in the Middle of Europe
- June – Cheb art project show
- June - August – Cheb organ music summer
- July – FIJO international festival of brass music (held biennially)
- August - September – Waldstein festivities
- October - Jazz Jam Festival
- October - Grand Prix international dance competition
- October – Theatre of One Actor Festival (held biennially)
Source: http://www.tic.mestocheb.cz; http://cs.wikipedia.org