This article will focus on two cities in South Bohemia – Pisek and Ceske Budejovice, which we visited during our trip . I’ll tell you about the sights and show a photo.
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Ceske Budejovice – the capital of the South Bohemian Region
Pisek in the Czech Republic
Ceske Budejovice – the capital of South Bohemia
České Budějovice is a traditional Czech city, founded already in 1265, the capital of South Bohemia. Traveling in the Czech Republic, I recommend giving 2-3 hours of your time to visiting this city.
What is the city of Ceske Budejovice famous for? First of all, the production of beer brand Budweiser. You can try beer in one of the restaurants in the city, or buy it in a store and try later 🙂 It is especially important if you are driving.
In addition, the city is just a pleasure to take a walk – I remember the city bright and clean. And also – go up to the bell tower of the Black Tower to see the panorama of the city, which is called the panorama of “Bohemian Florence” and the beautiful central square, around which all the main attractions are concentrated.
How to get from Prague to Ceske Budejovice
The easiest way to get there is by renting a car. The distance from Prague is 150 km, by car this path can be overcome in about 2 hours. About car rental in Prague, I wrote a separate article, where I shared our rental experience.
It is better to park a little away from the center – parking on the main square costs 40czk per hour. While we parked a 7-minute walk from the square for only 10czk per hour (parking is paid from 8:00 to 18:00 on weekdays and from 8:00 to 13:00 on weekends).
If renting a car is not about you, then you can also get there by public transport: trains from the main station of Prague (from 165 czk per ticket) and buses (from 115czk) run all day. Look at omio.com , there you can find the right option and buy a ticket.
Sights and photos of the city of Ceske Budejovice
- The main square is the Przemysl Otokar II square. It is called by the unpronounceable name of the founder of the city – the Czech king, who ruled in the 13th century.
- Samson’s Fountain in the very center of the square. According to some reports, this is the largest fountain in the Czech Republic, built in the Baroque style!
- The City Hall stands out from the rest of the buildings of the square – a beautiful color, a clock tower, green domes. The facade of the Town Hall is decorated with four figures that symbolize Discretion, Wisdom, Courage and Justice. In the middle tower of the Town Hall there is a belfry – 18 bells ring every hour with different melodies, adding a special charm to the center of the medieval city.
- Black Tower (Černá Věž) – for lovers of panoramas and observation decks this is perhaps the most interesting attraction. Having risen to a height of 72 meters, you can view the city from a bird’s eye view.
However, you have to climb on foot – there is no elevator in the tower, and 225 steps lead to the top. By the way, payment for access to the observation platform is also made upstairs.
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The cost of visiting the observation deck 30czk
- The Prodigal Stone is a landmark for those who love legends. There is a stone in the square, to step on which after 10 o’clock in the evening – this means getting lost all night! Want to check: Look for a pentagonal stone with the image of a cross! And to refute the legend, download maps.me app to your phone.
- The Church of St. Nicholas is another attraction located on the České Budějovice Square. The age of the church is the same as the age of the city – they were built almost simultaneously. Today it is the Cathedral of the city and the residence of the local bishop.
Other attractions of the city are: Hoch Zoo, Dominican Monastery, Zheleznaya Virgo Tower, House of Arts, Opera and Ballet Theater, museums: motorcycles, energy, Southern Bohemia, and the castle Hluboka nad Vltavou is located near the city .
City of Pisek, Czech Republic
If you are traveling to Ceske Budejovice, then for half an hour or an hour you can drop into the city with the funny name Pisek. The name of the city comes from the word “sand”, and not from what you thought about. The city is famous for its gold mining and the first street lighting system in the Czech Republic, and today it houses the oldest stone bridge in the Czech Republic.
The history of the city dates back to the 13th century, as the above Ceske Budejovice. However, in the 16th century the city was completely destroyed by fire. The buildings that we can see today were built at the end of the 19th century.
Sights of Pisek
- Stone bridge 109.75m long. As I said, this is the oldest stone bridge in the Czech Republic. It was built in the 13th century, and in 2002 it was completely restored. The resemblance to the Charles Bridge is given to him by baroque sculptures. They were erected somewhat later than the bridge itself – in the Baroque era.
- The Royal Castle, from which only one, western wing has survived to this day, in which the Prachensky Museum is now located.
- The Baroque Town Hall on the Great Square (Velké náměstí) – here is now the Administration of Pisek.
- Not far from the Town Hall, on Ploshchad Alshovo is located the Plague Column
- Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary, founded in the 13th century
- Church of the Holy Trinity at the old cemetery
- Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross of the 13th century, on the facade of which preserved sgrafitto paintings.
Not far from the city are the castles Orlik nad Vltavou, Hluboka nad Vltavou and Svikhov.
How to get to Pisek
You can get there by car – from Prague in 1.5 hours (distance of about 100 km). Trains (from 205 czk) and buses (from 131czk) – towards Ceske Budejovice and Cesky Krumlov .
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