Zdar nad Sazavou is a city in the Vysocina Region of the Czech Republic. It has approximately 24,000 inhabitants and is the administrative capital of the Zdar nad Sazavou District. The city is a prominent centre of tourism, as a ski resort in winter and a popular destination for cycling and bathing in the summer. It is also situated on a major rail link between Prague and Brno.
Zdar nad Sazavou gained prominence after World War II when the communist government decided to build steel works in the city, called ZDAS. Within less than twenty years the population of the city grew fivefold, from about 3,000 in 1950 to 15,000 in 1969, and the number of inhabitants continued to grow until the 1980s. With the fall of the communist regime in 1989 the significance of heavy industry started to fall; however, ZDAS continues production today.