České Budějovice

Baroque Town Hall and Samson fountain
The Square of Premysl Otakar II

České Budějovice (also known as Budweis in German or English) is in South Bohemia, in the Czech Republic. The town has since grown into the metropolitan centre. It is the largest town in South Bohemia region and it has got approximately 96,000 inhabitants.

Picturesque village of Holašovice just 16 km west of České Budějovice with a well preserved folk Baroque center is a UNESCO site.

Understand

This South Bohemian metropolis was founded in 1265 by the Czech King Premysl Otakar II on the confluence of the Vltava and Malse Rivers. The Square of Premysl Otakar II with its dimensions 133x137 m is one of the largest squares in Bohemia, with arcades and a range of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque burgher's houses. The other important town monuments include the originally renaissance Town Hall, the Samson's fountain and 72 m high the Black Tower which provides a beautiful view of the town and surroundings.

The town is an excellent place to visit if you want to escape the large numbers of tourists in Prague or nearby Cesky Krumlov. It's well developed transport links make it the perfect base from which to explore the surrounding region. There are many historic towns and villages nearby as well as numerous hiking trails and a vast cycle path network. The most famous cycle path is No. 12 which connects České Budějovice and Hluboká nad Vltavou.

Get in

From Prague

From Linz

See

The Town Hall and Samson's fountain

Do

The Czech Budweiser

Events

Buy

Eat

Drink

Knock back a pitcher of Budweiser beer, as this is, after all, its hometown. See also Pivovar Budějovický Budvar, above. The best choice for this is to visit one of the pubs operated by the brewery itself as there you can find the widest selection of beers including the specials. Masné krámy and Malý Pivovar are located in the old city center nearby the main square. Pick one of these without doubts, the other choice Budvarka pub is located within brewery complex further from the city center to the north.

Pubs

In the main square Přemysla Otakara II. there are a lot of pubs and visitors can choose e.g. B26, Fantom…

Cafes

Note: You can get free WiFi internet connection in almost all places listed bellow as one of the local ISPs provides the internet connection almost everywhere.

Clubs

Sleep

Go next

České Budějovice itself is a nice place to stay, its good connections with the surrounding region make it an excellent place from which to explore South Bohemia. The buses and trains run on time and are cheap and relatively easy to understand. The bus station is on the roof of Mercury Centrum and tickets are bought on the bus. Train tickets can be bought before boarding.

The tourist information center (the Square of Přemysl Otakar II, inside the Town hall) provides promotion and presentation materials, a map and plan of the town České Budějovice and its environs. Tourist and topographic information, a calendar of cultural and social events. Sale of tourist literature, maps, souvenirs and tickets Cbsystem. Guide services, accommodation and etc.

If you need hiking or cycling maps then a small shop on the East side of the main square (under Cafe Chat Noir) sells everything that you'll need.

Village of Holašovice, UNESCO site
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