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Map of Austria-Hungary in 1914. The itinerary of Jaroslav Šerák took place entirely within the borders of the Dual Monarchy.

The Fateful Adventures of the Good Soldier Švejk is a novel which contains a wealth of geographical references - either directly through the plot, in dialogues or in the authors own observations. HAJ: was himself unusually well travelled and had a photographic memory of geographical (and other) details. It is evident that he put great emphasis on this: 8 of the 27 chapter headlines in Švejk contain place names.

This web page will in due course contain a full overview of all the geographical references in the novel; from Prague in the introduction to Klimontów in the unfinished Book Four. Countries, cities, towns, villages, mountains, oceans, lakes, rivers, islands, buildings are included. Note that from 14 September 2013, institutions (including pubs) have been moved to the new 'Institutions' page. The list is sorted according to the order in which the names appear through the novel. The chapter headlines are from Zenny K. Sadlon's recent translation and will in most cases differ from Cecil Parrott's version from 1973.

  • The facts are mainly taken from Internet sources but cross-verified when possible
  • The quotes in Czech are copied from the online version of sv: provided by Jaroslav Šerák and contain links to the relevant chapter
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The names are coloured according to their role in the novel, illustrated by these examples: Sanok as a location where the plot takes place, Dubno mentioned in the narrative, Zagreb as part of a dialogue, and Pakoměřice as mentioned in an anecdote.

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Salzburg crops up in connection with colonel Friedrich Kraus von Zillergut who according to the author had taken his name from "Zillergut, some village in Salzburg". It is thus rather talk of the historic Kronland Salzburg than the city itself.

Background

Salzburg was included in Austerrike in 1816 as a result of the Napoleonic wars, and thus became part of Austria-Hungary in 1867. The Austrian crown land of Salzburg (which is the theme here) existed from 1849 to 1918.

Quote from the novel
[1.15] Plukovník Bedřich Kraus, mající též přídomek von Zillergut, po nějaké vesničce v Solnohradech, kterou jeho předkové prožrali již ve století osmnáctém, byl úctyhodným pitomcem.

Also written:Solnohrady Hašek

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Na Přikopě is mentioned as Lukáš was on the way to the corner of Na Přikopě and Panská ulice to meet a lady when the fatal encounter with colonel Kraus took place.

Background

Na Přikopě is a well-known street in Prague, now one of the more exclusive shopping streets. During Austria-Hungary this area was dominated by Germans.

Quote from the novel
[1.15] Vyšli na ulici a nadporučík Lukáš zaměřil se psem na Příkopy. Měl se setkat s jednou dámou na rohu Panské ulice. Byl zabrán v úřední myšlénky. O čem má zítra přednášet jednoročním dobrovolníkům ve škole?

Also written:Na Přikopy Hašek Am Graben de

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Panská ulice is mentioned as Lukáš was on the way to the corner of Na Přikopě and Panská ulice to meet a lady when the fatal encounter with colonel Kraus took place.

Background

Panská ulice is a relatively short side street to Na Přikopě, extending south towards the main railway station. It reaches towards Jindřišská ulice. Panská ul. (Herrengasse) was the home of, amongst others, Prager Tagblatt and the Piarists (see U Piaristů).

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Quote from the novel
[1.15] Vyšli na ulici a nadporučík Lukáš zaměřil se psem na Příkopy. Měl se setkat s jednou dámou na rohu Panské ulice. Byl zabrán v úřední myšlénky. O čem má zítra přednášet jednoročním dobrovolníkům ve škole?
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Náchod is mentioned as Švejk had heard from a soldier in the barracks that artillery fire from the front could be heard all the way here and that the Russian tsar would soon be in Kraków.

Background

Náchod is a town in eastern Bohemia, only a few kilometres from the border with Poland. The distance to the front at in the autumn of 1914 was about 300 km (Raba), so the claim about the sound of artillery was dubious and probably a popular saying.

In 1913 Náchod was the main town of okres and hejtmanství of the same name. The town itself had 11,804 inhabitants of which nearly all were Czechs. The district had 59,330 inhabitants of which a mere 320 were registered as Germans.

Náchod was located in the 9th military district (Josefov) and in recruitment district No. 18 (Hradec Králové). Most soldiers from Náchod would therefore have served in K.k. Linien-Infanterieregiment Nummer 18.

Hašek in Náchod

Jaroslav Hašek visited the Náchod district in August 1914, a staty that finds its way into the novel via Josefov and Jasenná. In 1936 Eduard Bass wrote about an episode that also could be linked to this stay and not the least to this fragment of the novel. At the start of the war the author visited the wine bar U Petříku where he caused consternation by talking loudly in Russian, and when requested to quieten down he replied: "Why should I? Yesterday I was there by Náchod and already now they talk like that there".

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Quote from the novel
[1.15] Když oba potom ještě dále tlumočili názor českého člověka na válku, voják z kasáren opakoval, co dnes slyšel v Praze, že u Náchoda je slyšet děla a ruský car že bude co nejdřív v Krakově.
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From 1857, as it might have appeared as Crenneville marched through

Prašná brána is mentioned in a song Švejk sings after the calamitous return of Lukáš after he had been caught by colonel Kraus with the stolen Fox. It is not stated in the plot but the famous meeting between Lukáš and oberst KrausZ took place only a few steps from the gate. In [III.4] the power is mentioned again in the long monologue about Fliedler von Bumerang.

Background

Prašná brána is a gothic tower and former city gate in Prague, located by Náměstí Republiky. Between 1878 and 1886 the tower was rebuilt in pseudo-gothic style, which makes it's current appearance different from that on the picture.

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Quote from the novel
[1.15]
Mašíruje Grenevil 
Prašnou bránou na špacír, 
šavle se mu blejskají, 
hezký holky plakají

Also written:Powder Tower en Pulverturm de Kruttårnet no

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Ohře is mentioned by colonel Kraus who mistakingly thinks the river flows into Vltava by Budějovice.

Background

Ohře is a river in Nort Bohemia. The source is in the Fichtelbebirge in Bavaraia. The river does flow into the Vltava, but by Litoměřice.

Quote from the novel
[1.15] Víte, kde jsou Budějovice? Na Vltavě, ano, na Vltavě a vtéká tam Ohře nebo něco podobného.

Also written:Eger de

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Nekázanka ulice is mentioned because Lukáš was to hold his farewell party somewhere in this street. This was the last time in the novel that Prague was part of the plot. The street is mentioned later in connection with V čubčím háji.

Background

Nekázanka ulice is a short street in central Prague, connecting Na Přikopě and Jindřišská ulice.

Quote from the novel
[1.15] Tím byl příjemný hovor ukončen a nadporučíkovi se velice ulehčilo, když vyšel z kanceláře a šel do školy jednoročních dobrovolníků, kde oznámil, že v nejbližších dnech jede na frontu, a uspořádá proto večírek na rozloučenou v Nekázance.
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