Year 1306 refers to Mšeno as to a village (or a dorp); the oldest part of the town being a former stronghold overlooking pond Blížka. In 1367 the village rises to the status of town. The 16th century is signified by a prosperous development of crafts industry and market sphere. Until 1786 Mšeno holds a warrant to execute (the once gallows was located on the "Gallows Hill", 2 kilometers south off town). In the course of the Thirty Years' war Mšeno suffers intensely from plunderings and looting raids carried out by the Swedes and Saxons. 1804 is marked by founding of one of the first established amateur theatricals, which was putting productions in Czech. Numerous fires scourge the town on frequent basis; the greatest of all in 1867 destroys 54 houses, including the town hall, church and parsonage. Towards the end of the 19th century Mšeno harbors 180 commercially licensed trades, which are to a great degree engaged in the boom of cultural events and establishing clubs (fraternities) and associations. Hitler's territorial claims following the Munich Agreement of 29th September 1938 render Mšeno into a border town, neighboring with Sudeten Land. Towards the close of the WWII a partisan company 'Národní Mstitel' (Patriotic Avenger) operates in the surrounding area.

Places of interest

St. Martin's Church, with its lofty neogothic spire as a landmark, constructed in 1878 on the location covering the foundations of Town bathsthe former Romanic church of St. Wenceslas'. Neogothic town hall, built in 1867, together with an 18th century baroque sculpture in the foreground. Hussite chapel of St. John's, built in 1395-1415, later transformed into a granary and later into a fire station, which stands its grounds till these days. Furthermore, a noted open-air swimming pool (town baths) belongs to frequently visited places of the region.
A Historical Monuments and Buildings Zone was declared by the Czech Ministry of Culture on the date of 1.9.2003.


Population - 1 476 inhabitants (as of the date of 12.9.2005). Mayor - Martin Mach.
Stagnation of the local industry works, higher rate of unemployment, development of tourism.

The following services are available in town - post office, police station, pharmacy, medical center (GP, pediatrician, gynecologist, dentist), elementary school, nursery school and a home for retired citizens. To reach our town, you can come by bus, train, or by main and B-roads. 
As far as the infrastructure is concerned, Mšeno is equipped with new telecommunication cabling distribution (in 2000), water supply drawing on the local underground reservoir Stříbrník, new sewage water treatment plant (2003), sewerage system (finished 2004), and a wireless Internet connection.

The town Mšeno is a municipality of II. degree (i.e. local municipality authorized to partially administer public administration). The executive district of administration covers the following municipalities: Chorušice, Kadlín, Kanina, Lobeč, Mšeno, Nosálov, Stránka.

Big names

František Ladislav Píč (1847- 1911) - archeologist,
František Tavik Šimon (1877-1942) - painter and graphic artist (external website),
František Hulicius (1825- 1894) - national awakenist and publicist,
Ludvík Böhm (1849 - 1904) - painter,
Anna Frýdlová (1851- 1879) - vocalist,
Jan Křtitel Píšek (1814- 1873) - vocalist,
Josef Cinibulk (died 1944) - schoolmaster and an ardent promoter of tourism in the Mšeno region (Cinibulk's Trail).

Mšeno is a member of Association of Municipalities of the Kokořínsko region