Truly historical towns in South Bohemia

Truly historical towns in South Bohemia

ČESKÉ BUDĚJOVICE – a famous town of beer and culture

ČESKÉ BUDĚJOVICE – a famous town of beer and culture

In 1251, Přemysl Otakar II decided to establish a centre of royal power and he laid out a rectangular city plan (with a central square of 133 m) at an important ford. The town was actually founded in 1265 and was very quickly settled by traders and…

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ČESKÝ KRUMLOV – a town of many faces

ČESKÝ KRUMLOV – a town of many faces

The name of the town of Krumlov comes from the German term „krumme Aue,” which is translated as „crooked meadow.“ The name was derived from the natural topography of the town: it lies along the S-curved meanders of the Vltava River. Český Krumlov…

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Jindřichův Hradec – a loving town

Jindřichův Hradec – a loving town

The town of Jindřichův Hradec is one of the rarest historical settlements that, even today, reminds visitors of the past glory of its inhabitants. The Lords of Hradec, the Slavata family and the Czernin family, were one of the most prominent…

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Písek – a royal town on the Otava River

Písek – a royal town on the Otava River

This settlement was founded on the site of gold-bearing sand and slowly expanded and turned into a village and subsequently into a royal estate, and finally into a town with a castle founded by Přemysl Otakar II. A mint was established in Písek at…

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Prachatice – a town on the Golden Path

Prachatice – a town on the Golden Path

The historical town of Prachatice, also called the “gateway to the heart of the Šumava Mountains” or the “pearl on the Golden Path,” was founded at the turn of the 13th and 14th centuries. The historical core of the town, which was declared a town…

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Slavonice – a town of arts and crafts

Slavonice – a town of arts and crafts

Slavonice is located on the Moravian side of the South Bohemian Region and is the westernmost town in the historical territory of Moravia. The first written mention of Slavonice dates from 1260. It was originally a settlement and then a market…

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Tábor – a town with Hussite history

Tábor – a town with Hussite history

The town of Tábor was created in a very unique way: it was settled by Hussites from nearby villages, mainly from Sezimovo Ústí, over the course of one year. The town immediately formed its own army and spiritual and secular administration. The…

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Třeboň – a town of scales and fish

Třeboň – a town of scales and fish

The town of Třeboň, situated next to a large pond called Svět (formerly Nevděk), was influenced by the prominent noble families who owned it, just like other South Bohemian towns. The name Třeboň most probably comes from the word "tříbit" or "třebit…

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