|o Mayor||Zuzana ?iháková|
|o Total||14.40 km2 (5.56 sq mi)|
|Elevation||268 m (879 ft)|
|o Density||130/km2 (340/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|o Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
Kou?im (Czech pronunciation: ['kourm]; German: Gurim (1391), Kurim (1088), Curim (1167), Kaurzim, Kaurzin, Kaurim) is a town in Kolín District in the Central Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic. It has about 1,900 inhabitants. It is located 45 km (28 mi) east of Prague. The town centre is well preserved and is protected by law as an urban monument zone.
The village of Molitorov is an administrative part of Kou?im.
The first written mention of Kou?im is from 1261 in a deed of Ottokar II of Bohemia. The royal town of Kou?im was probably founded by Wenceslaus I between 1223 and 1250. At the turn of the 15th and 16th centuries, the town experienced an unprecedented prosperity, and at the end of the 16th century there were over 2,000 inhabitants (which is more than today).
A great disaster for the town was the Thirty Years' War, which ended Kou?im's status as one of the most important towns in the Czech Kingdom. The population declined by 75% and it lost the town privileges until 1740, when it was renewed by Emperor Charles VI.
In 1881, the railway to Pe?ky was built. At the end of the 19th century, Kou?im was with about 3,000 inhabitants at its peak. In the 20th century, especially at the end of the 1960s, the town stagnated and has become a periphery. It completely lost its cultural identity, originally determined by an extremely strong historical tradition. Thanks to this, however, the town has preserved its "genius loci", which has become an advantage for tourism and filmmaking.