Uherské Hradiště (Czech pronunciation: [ˈuɦɛrskɛː ˈɦraɟɪʃcɛ]; German: Ungarisch Hradisch, Hungarian: Magyarhradis) is a town in the Zlín Region of the Czech Republic. It is located 23 km (14 mi) southwest of Zlín on the Morava River. It is the capital of the Uherské Hradiště District. The town itself has a population of around 25,000. The agglomeration with the two neighbouring towns of Staré Město and Kunovice has over 38,000 people.
The town is the center of Moravian Slovakia, a region known for its characteristic folklore, music, costumes, traditions and production of wine. The centre of the town is historically significant and is protected by law as Urban monument zone.
The name of the town is dated from 1587. It can be translated freely as "Hungarian Gord", meaning "a fortified settlement nearby the Hungarian border".
Uherské Hradiště is located in the southeast of the Czech Republic close to the border with Slovakia in the historical land of Moravia. The region is attractive owing to its landscape and rare species. The Morava river with its alluvial forest as well as flora and fauna are particularly popular and the Chřiby and White Carpathians mountain ranges are also near to the town.
The town was founded in 1257 by King Ottokar II of Bohemia.
Uherské Hradiště is known for its film festival named Summer Film School (Letní filmová škola).
The Uherské Hradiště Gymnasium, founded 16 September 1884, is the oldest grammar school in the region of Moravian Slovakia.
The Uherské Hradiště agglomeration is served by 8 urban bus lines (numbered 2–9), as well as many more regional and long-distance routes. The railway station is situated on a branch line connecting the international mainline (Přerov – Břeclav) at Staré Město to the so-called Vlárská dráha linking Brno with Trenčianska Teplá in Slovakia, which has a station in Kunovice. Uherské Hradiště station won the Stavba roku (building of the year) award after its reconstruction in 2004, and in 2011 was chosen as the "most beautiful Czech railway station". The town is not served by a freeway or expressway, but is crossed from west to east by road I/50, which forms part of European route E50. Kunovice Airport is situated 6 km (4 mi) south of the town, it has no airline service as of 2020.
The town is home to a football club 1. FC Slovácko, which plays in the Czech First League at the Městský fotbalový stadion Miroslava Valenty. The town also has an ice rink with a capacity of 1,500 visitors, which is home to HC Uherské Hradiště playing the 2nd Czech ice hockey league.
- Adolf Jellinek (1821–1893), rabbi
- Ernst Sträussler (1872–1959), neuropathologist
- Božena Benešová (1873–1936), novelist and poet
- Jindřich Prucha (1886–1914), painter
- Anton Gala (1891–1977), Slovak ophthalmologist, studied here
- Jan Antonín Baťa (1898–1965), businessman
- Otakar Borůvka (1899–1995), mathematician, studied here
- Zdeněk Chalabala (1899–1962), conductor
- Věra Suková (1931–1982), tennis player
- Paul Speckmann (born 1963), American singer and musician, lives here
- Petr Nečas (born 1964), politician and former Prime Minister
- Ladislav Kohn (born 1975), ice hockey player
- Radim Bičánek (born 1975), ice hockey player
- Tatana Sterba (born 1976), Swiss DJ
- Michal Tabara (born 1979), tennis player
Twin towns – sister cities
Uherské Hradiště is twinned with: