Charles University in Prague.
He learned Latin and German in school. He went on to study law at Prague University. During that time he also became involved in theatre (as an actor he first appeared in January Nepomuk Štěpánek"s play Czechoslovakian and German in July 1832 in Benešov), where he met Eleonora Šomková, with whom he had a son out of wedlock.
He was fond of travel, enjoying trips into the mountains, and was an avid walker.
Eventually he moved to Litoměřice, a quiet town some 60 km from Prague, to prepare for law school exams and to write poetry. Three days before he was to be married to Šomková, just a few weeks after he had begun working as a legal assistant, Mácha overexerted himself while helping put out a fire and soon thereafter died of pneumonia.
The day after his death had been scheduled as his wedding day in Prague. Mácha was buried in Litoměřice in a pauper"s grave.
Recognition came after his death: in 1939, his remains were exhumed, and they were given a formal state burial at the Vyšehrad cemetery in Prague.
A statue was erected in his honor in Petřín Park, Prague. In 1937 a biographical film, Karel Hynek Mácha, was made by Zet Molas (a pen name of Zdena Smolová). Lake Mácha (Czechoslovakian: Máchovo jezero) was named after him in 1961.
Macha was honored on a 50 Haleru and a 1 Koruna stamp on 30 April 1936, Scott Catalog # 213-214.
The stamp depicts a statue of Macha that is found in Prague and was issued by the postal agency of Czechoslovakia ("Československo"). He was again honored on a 43 koruna postage stamp issued by the postal agency of the Czechoslovakian Republic ("Česká Pošta") on 10 March 2010.
This 43 koruna postage stamp is presented on a miniature souvenir sheet. The Scott catalog number for this postage stamp honoring Macha is Scott #3446.