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Mining Towns and Villages


The region between Boží Dar and Potůčky in the Krušné hory / Erzgebirge Mts. belonged in the 15th and 16th century alternately to Bohemia and Saxony. Until 1459 it held the King George of Podebrady, but then fell Saxon Dukes. After the victory of Catholics over Protestants in the Schmalkalden War in 1546, Ferdinand I of Habsburg joined him again to the Bohemian Kingdom.

Medieval mine

In the middle of the 16th century increased the development of mining activities. New mines, smelting and ore processing plants were built on the tin, silver and iron ore deposits. In 1570, the cobalt colour mill was based in the site of the present townlets. Mining settlement the creeks Černá and Hraniční was founded in 1654, and remained unnamed fFor a long time. In 1723, chronicler of neighbouring Johanngeorgenstadt named the settlement Breitenbach. The Czech name Potůčky gets after the World War II.

Municipal Coat of Arms

A great benefit for the community was the railway from Karlovy Vary, opened 1899. Near the railway station is memorable inn „Dreckschänke“, founded in 1850 at the postal road to Karlovy Vary.

Potůčky in the mid-20th century

Landmark of Potůčky is the Church of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary, which was completed in 1911. Currently, Potůčky is a popular tourist destination. Altitude in the municipality areas ranges from 695 m at the Černá Brook to 1043 m ASL on the Blatenský hill. The village also features one of the largest and most vibrant West Bohemian marketplaces.

GPS position

N 50° 25.694', E 12° 44.196'