České Budějovice

České Budějovice

The city of České Budějovice is the capital of South Bohemia Region. It has 94,000 inhabitants. The population ranks it at the eighth place in the population in the Czech Republic. It is situated at the confluence of the Vltava and Malše rivers, on the area of 56 square kilometres, surrounded by beautiful countryside.

For a number of architectural and artistic monuments, the historical centre of the city was declared an urban conservation area and there are the biggest tourist attractions. These include the famous square Přemysl Otakar II., named after the founder of the town, who founded it in 1265 at the confluence of the Malše and Vltava rivers. Looking at the bird's eye view, you will be surprised by the almost regular square shape of the square, from which a network of streets runs vertically. The Baroque Town Hall is the prominent landmark among Baroque and Renaissance houses with arcades in the square. cb1The four stone statues between the three towers of the Town Hall are the allegories of the bourgeois virtues of Justice, Courage, Wisdom, and Care. The pearl of the square stands in the middle – it is the Baroque Samson's fountain, the largest of its kind in Bohemia, with the statue of the fabled hero Samson wrestling the lion. The centre of the city of České Budějovice is dominated by the Black Tower - the 72 meters high bell tower and the town's watchtower. There is a beautiful view of České Budějovice and the entire South Bohemia region from its gallery. In the middle of the 16th century, the councillors let it built in a Renaissance style. On the right side of the tower there is the cathedral church of St. Nicholas. The architecturally modest Baroque building from the mid- 17th century has grown after the beautiful late Gothic temple was destroyed by fire. In the list of monuments we could continue: the Dominican monastery with the Church of the Victim of the Virgin Mary, Solnice (salt warehouse), remains of fortifications Rabeštejn tower and Iron Maiden tower etc. Other valuable areas that make the city of České Budějovice interesting are natural sights near the town, such as Vrbenské ponds, nature reserve Tůně u Špačků, forest park Stromovka. Every year, České Budějovice becomes a lively centre of culture, especially during the summer months and before Christmas.

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Numerous unique performances during the music and theatre festivals take place in the historical centre of the city - its square, streets, parks and watter areas serve as a stage, attracting visitors from the Czech Republic and abroad. Since 2011, the city has a new attraction - boat cruises along the Vltava River through Hluboká nad Vltavou to Týn nad Vltavou. You can sail both on a large boat and on a motorboat that you can drive yourself. The advantageous location of the city in the middle of the region and a great number of marked hiking and cycling routes make it possible to explore the interesting cultural and natural monuments nearby. Near the city, there are the Neo-Gothic castle Hluboká with rich collections of art objects in the interior or the spa Renaissance town of Třeboň. It is worth visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Holašovice with the architecture of rural Baroque and historical jewel of Český Krumlov. For lovers of nature, there is the area of the Blanský les with the highest mountain Kleť, Třeboňsko and Novohradsko regions.

Tourist information centre,
Přemysla Otakara II. square 2,
370 92 České Budějovice,
phone: 386 801 413,
phone/fax 386 801 414
e-mail: infocb@c-budejovice.cz,
www.inbudejovice.cz

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