The city is located in the Brdy foothills 60 kilometers south-west of Prague, the capital city of the state. The city is well known for its mining history, now finding a new look after its economy restructuring.
The city is the third biggest in the Central Bohemian Region (behind Kladno and Mladá Boleslav) and it is a natural administrative and cultural center of the south-western part of the region, although it also tends to be in large influenced by the economy and life of Prague.
Wide-known pilgrimage site Svatá Hora is located just above the city, the Mining Museum Pribram (including the communist labor camp Vojna memorial) is the other tourism attraction.
Located 37 miles (59 km) southwest of Prague, on the Litavka River, it is situated in the hilly and forested Brdy Mountains. Silver and gold mining, begun in the 14th century, was the town's major industry until the 1960s, when lead, zinc, and large uranium deposits were found and began to be mined and processed.
Pribram's other major industry is tourism. On the nearby height of Svatá Hora ("Holy Mountain") stands the Baroque monastery of Our Lady in Bohemia and its shrine, which has long attracted pilgrims and more recently tourists. The monastery is reached from Pribram by a long covered staircase. In the hills southwest of the city stands the chateau of Vysoká, a favourite retreat, where the Czech composer Antonín DvoÅ™ák composed his opera Rusalka.
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