T he southern part of Bohemia covers a larger area than the northern part and ii takes two to three hours to go there. The bus connections from Prague and other places are as well comfortable as they are frequent. Thus a trip to Southern Moravia can be done in one day. Never the less an overnight stay is to recommend as it gives more time to enjoy and sense the destination and there is so much to see and do in South Moravia that you will get a good return on the time you invest.
What to do and see in South Bohemia
South bohemia is a true treasure for travelers who look for cultural discoveries! In the south, you will find some of the most famous and beautiful castles. Amongst other are Český Krumlov Castle, Jindřichův, Hradec and Hlu just to mention a few which are among the finest in the country.
The countryside offers endless possibilities for visiting places of natural beauty,and there are many opportunities for and great conditions for cycling and water sport. Like most of the Czech Republic South Bohemia is rich on historical monuments . Some of the most popular and charming historical cities you should consider to visit is the university town of České Budějovice which is the largest town or Český Krumlov and hat of many are considered as one of the most beautiful cities in the country.
České Budějovice and surroundings
České Budějovice is a town most known for it’s beer Budějovký Budvar which translated to english means Budwieser from Budějovice. Because of the name “Budwieser” the brewery have had a conflict for decades with Anheuser-Busch over the Budweiser name. The american have with all beans sought to claim the right to the name with out luck they even offered to buy the brewery but the Czech government refused to accept such a deal. As everyone who comes the czech republic will realize very quickly “Beer is the pride of this Country” And that is even more so where beer has been brewed since the 13th century. Visiting ne of the breweries there or attend one of the many beer fests is absolutely something recomendable.
Besides the brewery Budějovký Budvar the city has a huge paved town squares where there is great tower from where you can enjoy the wonderful scenery over the city and its surroundings.
Near ear by České Budějovicewill find the castle the area Hluboka nad Vltavou whit the charming town Hluboka and the the castle of Hluboka . The small town is located in an area with an astonishing nature and many recreative oportunities such as golf , fishing bycyckeling or swimming in the lakes or in the river
After departing with bus from Prague towards Cesky Crumlov , you will step out of the bus after approxemmately two hours you will find yourself in the enchanting city of cesky Krumlov where the back alleys of the city from medieval times are shaped in an s curve to follow the curves of the river Vltava.
All that is enforced by the beautiful castle, with a large park ideal for small picknics. That castle is the second largest in the Czech Republic after Prague Castle as the biggest.
Cesky Krumlov is also the second largest tourist destination in the czech republic. One of the reasons for this is that the city is located near the border with Austria, and is a popular destination for a day trip across the border, but the town is also a meeting point for backpackers traveling around Europe.
However, despite the huge number of visitors the town has not lost its peace and tranquility, especially at night when the crowds have disappeared it is a beautiful experience to take a walk in the old city. If you really want the authentic feeling of ancient times you can join one of the night trips through historical and top places with a “night man” dressed in a medieval costumes leading the way. There is also a tradition for festivals in the city where especially music festivals play a dominant role with blues, rock, and soul. The biggest and most well known festival is the annual International Music Festival that is held every year in June.
The Šumava National Park, and the borderland
Český Krumlov and České Budějovice are far from the only places worth visiting, if you head a bit south from Český Krumlov you will find the Šumava Mountains along the border with Austria and Germany, an area covered with pine trees and rivers.
If you want a break from civilization this is the place to hide away in the in the dense pine forests. You can get around by hiking or you can rent both bikes and canoes.
Even though you are in the wild nature there are a few selected places to buy food. Although, you should of course keep in mind that there won’t be a supermarket around every corner. There are also a few small and captivating towns that are worth visiting, like Kašperské Hory, Klatovy and Prachatice.
Other places of interest
Going a little farther away from Český Krumlov you will find the villages Veskevisiting and Holašovice. They are both unique in the sense that they have kept their authentic charm through the architecture of past centuries. Holašovice was deserted after the second world war and that allowed a reconstruction of the houses and area to the original style. This village is today designated as a UNESCO world heritage site .
In the vincinity there is the small town of Mount Tambora. It is very beautiful and inhabited by the residents the same way as back in the 15th century. Here you will find a very interesting tour along intricate cobbled streets and a network of underground tunnels. There is a smell of amagty in the air created by all the castles and small towns are scattered in the countryside and to rest against the forest covered mountain sides of Soumava, which extend along the border with Austria.
Pisek is another beautiful town that boasts a footbridge which even predates the Charles Bridge in Prague. Even further south, in the area of Tremponsko you will find the small town of Třeboň which also dates back to medieval times. Nearby, the largest town is Jindřichův Hradec, which presents a variety of architectural designs and a fantastic chateau from the Renaissance.