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Vsetín (Czech Republic)
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Basic data
State : Czech RepublicCzech Republic Czech Republic
Historical part of the country : Moravia
Region : Zlínský kraj
District : Vsetín
Area : 6900 ha
Geographic location : 49 ° 20 ′  N , 18 ° 0 ′  E Coordinates: 49 ° 20 ′ 19 ″  N , 17 ° 59 ′ 35 ″  E
Height: 342  m nm
Residents : 26.092 (Jan. 1, 2019)
Postal code : 755 01
License plate : Z
Street: Valašské Meziříčí - Zlín
Railway connection: Hranice na Moravě – Vsetín
Bylnice – Vsetín
Vsetín – Velké Karlovice
Status: city
Districts: 4th
Mayor : Jiří Růžička (as of 2017)
Address: Svárov 1080
755 01 Vsetín
Municipality number: 541630
Website : www.mestovsetin.cz

Vsetín (German Wsetin , older also Settein ) is a town on the Vsetínská Bečva in eastern Czech Republic . It is located in the Vsetín district and has more than 29,000 inhabitants.

The city consists of the districts Horní Jasenka ( Obereschenbach ), Rokytnice ( Roketnitz ), Semetín and Vsetín.


Vsetín Castle

The small town of Setteinz , which belongs to the Freundsberg lordship, is first mentioned in 1308, when Wok von Krawarn leased the Freundsberg Castle with all its accessories from the Knights Templar . Already in the 14th century the castle was extinguished and Vsetín became the new manor. During the Hussite Wars , the town was spared from destruction by the insurgents, as the Lords of Krawarn sympathized with the Hussites. In 1446 the rule of Anna von Krawarn passed to her husband Johann von Messenbek on Helfenstein . Five years later, his nephew Ctibor von Cimburg on Meziříčí and Rožnov acquired the Vsetín estate as a pledge. In 1480, Kunigunde von Cimburg brought the Lords Meziříčí-Rožnov and Vsetín as a morning gift to their marriage with Peter von St. Georgen and Bösing. After Kunigunde died in 1491, Peter von St. Georgen and Bösing married Sophie von Waldstein .

In 1502 he sold both estates to the five von Kunstadt brothers . In 1503 in the country panel made notarization of purchase the rule Vsetín included the festivals and the town Vsetín with the tolls, the market Pržno , the villages Jablůnka , Růžďka , Kateřinice , Hošťálková , Johanová , Dolní Rokytnice, Horní Rokytnice, Liptál , of Ti , Hovězí , Jasenka, Seninka and Ratiboř as well as the desert areas Bobrek, Huselná, Semetín, Dvorce, Ščrbkov, Těškovice and Mikulková . In the same year the four other brothers transferred the fief to Jan Kuna von Kunstadt.

Later the owners of Vsetín changed frequently. Among them were the Lords of Pernstein , the Nekeš von Landek, Arkléb von Víckov and his widow Lukrecia Nekešová von Landek (1582-1614), who overwritten the rule in 1610 to her subsequent husband Albrecht von Waldstein . Wallenstein detached the town of Pržno and the mill on the Mikulůvka in 1618 and donated them to Václav Štáblovský of Kovalovice for extraordinary services. After Wallenstein, Zdenko Žampach von Potštejn became the owner of the estate. In 1634 the Archbishop of Gran Péter Pázmány bought the Vsetín estate. Under him and his heir Nikolaus Pázmány de Panasz, the rule was re-Catholicized until 1644. On May 3, 1652 Nikolaus Pázmány sold the rule to Georg Illesházy on Trenčín . In 1708 the Kuruc invaded Vsetín and burned down the town and the castle.

In 1777 the subjects of the Vsetín dominion arose against the high tolls . At the same time, the former Jesuits Jan Kořistka, Petr Jiříček and Petr Sašina moved through the rule and spread the rumor that Maria Theresa had guaranteed religious freedom to non-Catholics in a tolerance patent . The false report, which had the aim of revealing and chastising people of different faiths, was spread in at least 72 villages and certified in several places with the local seal.

Most of the Protestants were exiled. The original resistance to the rule gave rise to a religious struggle that affected the whole of Moravian Wallachia. The Protestant Wallachians presented Emperor Joseph II with a petition on freedom of belief on his way through to a meeting with Tsarina Katharina in 1780. After Joseph II actually issued the tolerance patent in 1781, the exiles returned from Hungary in 1782. In 1802 Vsetín had 22,179 subjects. At this time there was again a violent religious dispute, this time within the Protestants between the Lutherans and Helvetians .

Since Stefan Illésházy's marriage with Theresia Barkóczy had remained childless, the children of his mistress Theresia von Gatterburg inherited the rule in 1831. Other owners were her husband Josef Ritter von Wachtler and his descendants.


The New Town Hall in neo-renaissance style on the upper square is one of the most important architectural monuments of Vsetín, it documents the heyday of the city at the end of the 19th century.

Due to the increasing needs of the municipal authorities, the new building with a representative appearance was built in 1898/99, in the vicinity of the existing city hall, according to the design of the builder and architect Michal Urbánek. The front of the building is decorated with three pairs of relief medallions with portraits of historical personalities from Czech political and cultural life. a. by František Palacký , Karl the Elder from Žerotín , Georg von Podiebrad , Karl IV. , Johann Amos Comenius and Karel Havlíček Borovský . The entrance gate is surrounded by two sandstone columns and two caryatid columns that support a balcony with a stone balustrade. The first solemn meeting in the conference room took place in May 1990 after the room was fully equipped.

For the newly established district office in 1909, the city rented fifteen rooms to the district residence in the town hall building, including the private apartments and the law office, until 1937, when the district office moved to a new building in the neighborhood. The magistrate then met in the building of the New Town Hall until 1980, when he moved into larger rooms in the middle of the lower town. In the years 1981–1996 the National District Office used the vacated offices. The last occupant of the building before the general renovation and maintenance work for use as a hotel and restaurant was the district military administration in 1997-2003.

The Museum regionu Valašsko ("Regional Museum of Wallachia") in Vsetín Castle preserves a portrait of the first Czechoslovak President Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk , painted by the Vsetín painter František Hlavica. The portrait was created in 1926 to solemnly decorate the meeting room of the town hall on the 19th anniversary of the first election of Masaryk's deputies in Moravian Wallachia .

Town twinning

In addition, the city has been friends with Offenbach am Main since 2004 .


The six-time Czech ice hockey champion VHK Vsetín plays in the city, and the venue is the Zimní stadion Na Lapači from the 1960s .


Web links

Commons : Vsetín  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Český statistický úřad - The population of the Czech municipalities as of January 1, 2019 (PDF; 7.4 MiB)
  2. History on www.mestovsetin.cz (German)
  3. Offenbach and its twin cities. From: offenbach.de , accessed on April 29, 2016.