Tips for trips
South Bohemia will enchant you with its peaceful atmosphere, medieval towns and fairytale castles. Discover a world where everything flows at an undisturbed pace. Choose from our favourite places or explore your own secluded destinations to fall in love with.
České Budějovice has the largest square in the Czech Republic, which is also one of the largest in Central Europe. It bears the name of the founder of the town - Bohemian king Přemysl Otakar II – who founded the town in 1265. The main feature of the square is the Baroque Samson's Fountain, the largest of its kind in the Czech Republic.
The current appearance of the most important building on Přemysl Otakar II square is the result of renovation work in 1730. Its façade is richly decorated and there are life-size statues of the four virtues: wisdom, caution, courage and honesty on the attic.
The tower, which is 72 m high, is a popular tourist attraction, and is open to the public during the season, affording panoramic views of the entire city and its immediate surroundings. 225 steps lead to the gallery at a height of 46 m above the ground. The Church of St. Nicholas is located in close proximity to the tower and this Baroque building dates from the 17th century.
A charming, quiet place full of history, where you can find the oldest buildings in the city, such as the Dominican monastery with the Church of the Sacrifice of the Blessed Virgin Mary dating from 1265, the oldest landmark in the city, the so-called White Tower adjacent to the monastery on the other side, and architecturally remarkable buildings of the former armoury and salt warehouse.
Come and view the story of Budweis beer. You will see how many years of tradition combines with modern technology, the birth of Budweiser Budvar beer, the quality of which is appreciated by customers around the world. Surrounded by the aroma of Moravian malt and Saaz hops, you will observe the secrets of the production of the world-famous Budweiser Budvar lager. Part of the tour is a tasting of light Budweiser Budvar lager in the lager cellar (only for visitors over 18 years of age).
The state castle and château of Český Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an important tourist destination. It is open to the public from April to October and over 300,000 visitors visit the château exhibitions during the season. An exterior tour of the château grounds introduces the impressive architecture of the important courtyard residence dating from the 16th to the 18th centuries, with rare Renaissance and Baroque frescoes on the buildings around the five château courtyards. The highest accessible point is the observation deck of the castle tower at a height of 35 m, the Wenceslas Cellars, hidden 12 m below the level of the courtyard, are the deepest accessible point.
The castle lives a rich cultural, social and conference life throughout the season.
Eggenberg Brewery would like to invite you to a behind-the-scenes tour and inform you about the secrets of the production of this golden beverage. You can taste traditional delicacies from South Bohemia in the stylish restaurant.
There is a unique exposition of torture and torture instruments in the newly renovated cellars under the town hall on Náměstí Svornosti in Český Krumlov. About 100 exhibits and dozens of period engravings are exhibited in an area of 400 m2.
Egon Schiele returned to Český Krumlov with the realization of the Egon Schiele Art Center project in 1993. In addition to the year-round exhibition of drawings and watercolours and a documentary exhibition on the life and work of this artist, you will also be able to see Schiele's own furniture, his death mask and Schiele's only sculpture.
Hluboká nad Vltavou
One of the most popular châteaus in our country, Hluboká Château, rises on the northern edge of the Budweis pond basin, on a steep promontory above the Vltava River. An English-style park is located near the château. Today, the collections of Aleš's South Bohemian Gallery are installed in the original riding school with hall, with an open roof.
Ohrada Hunting Lodge is a Baroque château 2 km from Hluboká nad Vltavou, which houses the Museum of Forestry, Hunting and Fishing, one of the oldest Czech museums.
Ohrada ZOO Hluboká nad Vltavou is located close to Ohrada hunting lodge, in the typical landscape of South Bohemia, on the shore of Munický pond, with an alley of old oaks and views of Hluboká Château. The smallest Czech ZOO is also one of the oldest.
Aleš's South Bohemian Gallery is an art history museum in the South Bohemian Region, which is one of the five largest institutions of its kind in the Czech Republic. The gallery offers permanent exhibitions of South Bohemian Gothic art and Dutch art from the 16th to the 18th century.
Třeboň Château, located south-east of the city centre, is an excellent example of Renaissance architecture and is one of the most important monuments of the town.
The Schwarzenberg tomb is one of the most architecturally remarkable monuments in South Bohemia. It is located in a park by Svět pond in Třeboň.
The Regent Brewery was founded in Třeboň in 1379. The current complex of brewery buildings is seamlessly integrated into the historic centre of Třeboň. Beer is brewed using modern techniques and state-of-the-art computer-controlled technology, using proven classic recipes and high-quality ingredients, such as water pumped from deep artesian wells, world-famous Czech hops and quality Haná malting barley.
The natural centre of the historical part of the town of Třeboň is Masaryk Square, consisting of burgher houses with arcades and Renaissance and Baroque gables, most of which have been declared national cultural monuments. The most important architectural monument is the Town Hall dating from the 16th century. A stone Renaissance fountain located in the middle of the square gives this place a pleasant, elegant atmosphere.
The castle and château in Jindřichův Hradec is undoubtedly one of the largest monument complexes in the Czech Republic. In the third courtyard you will be welcomed by sublime arcades and a garden containing the Rondel, one of the most charming Renaissance buildings in the Czech Republic. Jindřichův Hradec Castle and Château offers three sightseeing routes divided by individual construction phase, and a visit to the observation point from the Black Tower. The castle and château premises often come to life with theatrical performances, concerts and other events, which make it an important cultural and social centre even today.
The Museum of the Jindřichův Hradec Region preserves over 50,000 items in its collection, which represents more than 100,000 collection items of extraordinary historical, artistic and documentary value.
For more than a century, two localities with a track gauge of only 760 mm, but with a respectable length of 79 km, have been an inseparable part of the Jindřichův Hradec region. Both lines, Jindřichův Hradec - Nová Bystřice and Jindřichův Hradec - Obrataň, still serve their original purpose, daily passenger and freight service. However, they are also an important technical landmark and one of the most visited tourist attractions in the region. A ride on a century-old historic steam train to the charming corners of Czech Canada is not only a unique trip into the past, but also an experience that simply cannot be missed.