town lies in the northern part of Benesov District about 35km
south of Prague and 10km from the district town of Benesov.
is situated in a picturesque valley of the river Sazava and it
is an important centre of intustry, culture, sports and a
touristic centre, too. The historical sights from the end of 1st
century in the centre of the town give the evidence of the
history of this town.
used to be one of the most important industrial towns in the
region and in the country. The beginning of the industrial
production was in the first half of 19th century
when the Count of Vrtba founded a factory for manufacture of
pottery. A factory for manufacture of yarn was built in the
second half of 19th century in the nearby Brodce.
Frantisek Janecek, Prague businessman, became the founder of
the moderm industry in the 1930s. He built an aluminium, steel
and non-ferrous metals foundry and he bought the yarn factory
in Brodce and started to manufacture there the JAWA motorbikes
and later the Minor cars.
the 1990s Jawa was still producing some hundred thousands of
motorbike a year and both factories, JAWA a.s. and iron
foundry METAZ a.s., employed cca three thousand workers. A
decline in the employment rate began after 1989and was
caused by political changes and the loss markets
(especially in Russia).