About the region
The beauty of South Bohemia, a landscape cultivated for centuries by a people in harmony with their land, surprises every visitor. Everyone who comes to earnestly learn something about the area's historical monuments is rewarded with an understanding of how enlightened and wealthy were the noble families who lived here, not to mention the exceptional artists and artisans. Their legacy was such that they left succeeding generations with a countless number of cultural historical monuments as a testament to their rich and multi-faceted history – historical towns full of life and culture, majestic Gothic churches, dreamlike Renaissance castles, monasteries, monuments to folk architecture, intriguing technical structures, and a wealth of perplexing aquaculture systems.
The absence of large industry in South Bohemia gives the landscape a particularly valuable character, attested to by the large number of registered protected landscapes. South Bohemia is a landscape of endless lakes, ponds, pine forests, and vast peat bogs, enlivened by the silhouettes of towns and village churches that gently blend in with the humble white-washed farm estates. Such is the picture of a typical South Bohemian landscape around České Budějovice, Třeboň, or Veselí nad Lužnicí. South Bohemia is also the land of the imposing mountainous landscape of the ancient Šumava and Novohradský (Nové Hrady) Mountain ranges and Blanský Forest. There is also endless beauty to be found in the land southeast of Jindřichův Hradec – the nearly untouched nature, abundant outcroppings of granite, high knobs, and large ponds rightly give this area the title „Czech Canada“.
In the north, the region is bordered by the picturesque Písek area in the valley of the Vltava and Otava Rivers, and Tábor, mostly known for its historical association with the Hussites. The present-day borders of South Bohemia with Austria and Germany now divide a landscape that was historically joined together by a single aristocratic family and singular aspirations of power. The area's geographic position pre-ordained its cultural richness – the cultural influence brought in by the hardened Germanic and Anglo-Saxon tribes of the north oftentimes clashed with the refined art of the masters of the Italian Renaissance. The townships today are far from being sterile museums, however – on the contrary, they pulse with the tempo of everyday life and a culture that can be experienced only here.
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