Czech Regions: South Bohemia

Fairytale castles, natural beauty, and much more

Czech Tourism

Written by Czech Tourism Published on 11.08.2011 15:50:28 (updated on 11.08.2011) Reading time: 3 minutes

South Bohemia is certainly in no danger of losing its annual influx of eager travellers. Whether you are attracted by well known fairytale castles, wonderful places of natural beauty, mud spas, viewing towers, breweries, dark underground passageways, zoos or industrial and technical heritage sites, you´ll find them all here – and many more interesting places besides.

No visit to South Bohemia should be without a river trip along the Lužnice, Vltava or Otava, a sightseeing cruise on the reservoirs along the Vltava or a stroll around huge Lake Svět or Lake Rožmberk near Třeboň. Some of the region´s more unusual features include the Jindřichův Hradec narrow-gauge railway, art and pottery workshops, town walks in the company of mysterious figures, a chance to look behind the scenes at the country´s largest nuclear power station and following in the footsteps of the Hussites. Nor should you forget to taste Třeboň´s famous carp, whose distinctive flavour has lead the EU to award a Protected Designation of Origin Certificate.

Beauty of the South Bohemian lakes and swimming pools

South Bohemia is legendary for its beautiful lakes. Large bodies of water, especially those with sandy bottoms, draw visitors for summer bathing across the region. Sometimes you´ll find just a grassy shore, at other places there are well maintained beaches, but wherever you go, the bathing is great.

In Jindřichův Hradec you can enjoy bathing at the local outdoor swimming area by Lake Vajgar, as well as at the modern water park with both indoor and outdoor sections. Especially popular is the outdoor swimming pool heated using solar energy and featuring a range of attractions. Tábor´s Water World is a modern summertime water park, which, in addition to various attractions, includes large sports and relaxation areas, a covered swimming pool and a relaxation centre. Nearby is Lake Jordán with a summer bathing area. Another pleasant summer bathing spot is the five lakes at the Veselí sand quarries, which lie near the town of Veselí nad Lužnicí. The showstopping feature here is a piece of the South Bohemian desert, a series of sand dunes near Vlkov.

Highlighted from the region:

Český Krumlov
The superbly preserved nature and beauty of the historical centre and castle complex was the reason UNESCO included this South Bohemian town on its list of world cultural heritage sites in 1992. The castle is the largest in the Czech Republic after Prague Castle and is also one of the most extensive complexes of its kind in the whole of Europe.

This well preserved South Bohemian village boasting houses in the folk Baroque style is also listed by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage site.

Třeboň´s network of lakes
This is a UNESCO biosphere reserve and protected area, created from swampy land in medieval times. The history and technical side of the lakes is dealt with by the Třeboňsko exhibition at the visitors centre  called ‘The Land and People´ in the cellars of Třeboň Castle.

Gothic stone bridge in Písek
This late 13th-century bridge spanning the River Otava is the oldest in the Czech Republic.

Zlatá Koruna

This monastery atop a promontory, with the River Vltava swirling below it on three sides, was founded by King Přemysl Otakar II in 1263. The basilica of the Ascension of the Virgin, with its cloisters and Chapel of the  Guardian Angel, dominates the Gothic complex.

Castles and chateaux

The residences of the South Bohemian aristocracy have starred in a number of Czech film versions of fairy tales. Must-sees in the region include the castles at Český Krumlov, Helfenburk, Landštejn and Zvíkov, the castle complex at Jindřichův Hradec, where after-dark tours can be taken in the company of the infamous White Lady, the neo-Gothic chateau at Hluboká nad Vltavou, Blatná castle, Červená Lhota and Orlík chateaux, the castle at Strakonice, the Renaissance pile at Třeboň with its neo-Gothic Schwarzenberg Mausoleum, Lnáře Chateau, Dačice Chateau and the medieval forts of Žumberk and Cuknštejn u Nových Hradů.

Happy travelling!

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