Town conservation area. České Budějovice was founded at the confluence of the Vltava and Malše Rivers in 1265 by the King of Bohemia Přemysl Otakar II. The town has retained the regular ground plan of the centre, with the remains of the Gothic fortifications, several bastions and towers. The main landmark are the rectangular square with the dimensions of 133 by 133 metres, and the Baroque Samson fountain with statues, in its middle. There is a Baroque town hall near the fountain, which was originally in the Renaissance style, with a carillon, and other historical houses with arcades. The cathedral Church of St. Nicholas and the Black Tower are situated off the north-eastern corner of the square. One of the oldest buildings in the town is the Church of the Presentation of Our Lady in Piaristické Square, as well as the Dominican Monastery, both of them coming from the 13th century. Another well-known place is the Renaissance Masné krámy (Butchers’ Stalls) restaurant with an Empire-style gable. Other historical buildings include the bishop’s residence, the Empire-style South Bohemian Theatre and the Neo-Renaissance South Bohemian Museum.
This is the beginning of the beautiful South Bohemian fishpond system, established in the 16th century by the regent of the Rožmberk/Rosenberg domain, Jakub Krčín of Jelčany and Sedlčany.
Hluboká nad Vltavou
A majestic romantic chateau with unique furnishings and collections of art. The romantic reconstruction in the Windsor Gothic style, carried out between 1841 and 1871, was the turning point in the development of the building. Hluboká has retained this appearance until nowadays.
A unique collection of buildings in the “rural Baroque” style, the village is one of the best-preserved and most impressive examples of the South Bohemian architecture of the 2nd half of the 19th century. Since 1998 it has been listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site.
The second largest chateau in the Czech Republic (after Prague Castle), the main landmark of the northern part of the town conservation area. Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo interiors, Lapidarium containing Baroques statues, a unique Baroque chateau theatre. Open-air theatre with a revolving auditorium in the chateau gardens. Český Krumlov is listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site.
Kleť near Českého Krumlova
The highest peak of the Blanský les, with 1083 metres above sea level. Situated at the top, there are an ancient stone look-out tower, observatory and TV transmitter. You can get to the top by chair lift.
Cistercian monastery founded in 1259 by the Lord Vok of Rožmberk /Rosenberg. It has a Baroque library with 70,000 volumes and rare first copies. A painting that is of exceptional importance in art history, is the board painting of the Madonna with Child. An exhibition of the Postal Museum.