Ústí Region (CZ)

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Area: 5 335 km2 (6,8 % of the Czech Republic)
Population: 820 000 (8 % of inhabitants of the Czech Republic)
Population density: 153,6 inhabitants per km2
Neighbours: Saxony (Germany), the Liberec Region, the Karlovy Vary Region, the Central Bohemia Region

This location predestines the region a significant position in the international economic and cultural co-operation and seems to be an outcome for a wide range of activities of cross-border co-operation between both these neighbouring regions. The position of the Region is, in terms of its gradual integration into European structures, along with the close vicinity and accessibility of Prague and other regional centres, a significant factor of its development. Also the main European roads and railway lines on the axis from Berlin to Vienna via Prague, together with the Labe water way, go through this Region. The concentration of industry and population is representing, in terms of the Czech Republic, important market, good accessible from Prague and also from neighbouring Saxony.

Cities and villages
The Usti Region has 46 cities, where  80,7 % of its inhabitants live, and 354 villages. The 54 % of all villages in the Region have up to 500 inhabitants, but only the 5,8 % of inhabitants live there.

The Usti District
The Usti District is a cradle of the Czech statehood - the village of Stadice, from which the Bohemian Princess Libuse called Premysl the Ploughman to the Bohemian throne, is situated in the valley of the Bilina River. The Usti District lies in two protected landscape areas - Ceske stredohori (the Bohemian Middlands), the scenery of which is characterized predominantly by Bukova Mountain with a TV transmitting tower, and the Krusne Mountains. The most western part of the Labske piskovce also spread as far as this area. The historical sights of the Usti District are varied - bedsides the Chateau of Krasne Brezno, Trmice and Velke Brezno, and Strekov Castle, another sight of this town is considered significant - the Church of the Assumption in the centre of Usti nad Labem. This church can boast of the tower, which was deflected from its vertical axis by 1.92 metres when the town was bombed at the end of the Second World War. Many mountain tops and hills in the environment offer unexpectedly charming views of the Labe valley - e.g. the Erben Look-Out Tower, as well as those of Naklerov, Blansko and Dubicky. Between 1233 and 1249 King Wenceslas I changed the town of Ústí nad Labem to a royal town. Although the town was strongly affected by industrial production and insensitive architecture of the second half of the 20th century, some sights were lucky to be renovated or reconstructed after years of waiting completely modern buildings were erected in the town, which were appraised mainly abroad. In the vicinity of the Church of Saint Vojtech with a monastery, the town has erected a modern bank , the banks of the River Labe were tied by the new Marian Bridge. The town has a significant theatre tradition - Usti nad Labem City Theatre is famous for its opera, while Cinoherni studio (the Dramatic Scene) is well-known for its brilliant performances of modern drama. People from the whole country got used to coming to Zubrnice, an out-door museum of folk architecture with well-preserved examples of extinct rural architecture, to see traditional festivals, habits and rural handicraft. The Usti area also offers a lot of places where people can enjoy sports in all our seasons of the year - there is a sports centre in Teplice, a thermal swimming pool in Brna, the only covered mini-golf hall.In addition to that, Usti nad Labem is a university town - its Jan Evangelista Purkyne University prepares future teachers, ecologists, artists and specialist in the sphere of social affairs.

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