The town is dominated by a pilgrimage place called the Holy Mountain, a significant building of the Czech early Baroque style and important European centre of the cult of Virgin Mary. The Holy Mountain is mainly characterized by a beautiful church building in Central Basilica of the Assumption Svatohorské, perched on a terrace with a balustrade, surrounded by cloisters with lunette paintings and other artworks. The pride of the church is the main altar – full of silver. Near Příbram, there is situated the Antonín Dvořák’s Memorial – the famous Czech composer.
The spa town of Poděbrady is a picturesque place to live, but just as pleasant for outings, recreation and last but not least spa therapies and wellness relaxation activities. The town lies in the central Polabí region just under 50 km from Prague. It boasts a rich history, which reaches back to the depths of the Middle Ages. Apart from reminders of its most famous era – the rule of king George of Poděbrady – in the town itself or its immediate surroundings you can find traces of the famous Slavnik Dynasty, King Ottokar II of Bohemia, or empress Maria Theresa.
It was built in the 18th century as an ingenious system of the military fortresses for the protection of the kingdom. During the World War II when the Nazis established it as a ghetto for Jews and a concentration camp, it became a place which reflects the darkest period of Czech history.
This town with its beautiful historical centre is situated close to Jested Mountain in the Jizerské Mountains and the town is connected with this mountain by cable cars from which you can enjoy lovely views. The list of cultural facilities would not be complete without the oldest ZOO in the Czech Republic, the recently modernised botanical garden and Babylon, a shopping and leisure centre with an aqua park. The main part of this city, which gives it its specific face is the Town Hall in a Neo-Renaissance style, and it was built in the end of 19th century by design of the Viennese architect, Franz Neumann.
This royal town lying on the confluence of the Malše and Vltava rivers was founded in 1265. The South Bohemian metropolis is mostly famous for its historical square, the largest one in Central Europe, surrounded by renaissance and baroque houses. While visiting České Budějovice, you should not forget to taste the world-famous original Budvar beer.
The base of the town was a Hussite fortress, which has now been declared a national heritage site. Thanks to its rich history, architectural monuments and attractive countryside location, the town of Tábor is one of the Czech Republic´s most favourite tourist spots. Today, Tábor is the second largest town in South Bohemia and has become a major transport, economic, administrative and cultural centre in the region.
The old town of Písek has been declared as a historical site. Its major attractions include the oldest preserved Stone Bridge in Bohemia with baroque statues, a Gothic Castle and a hydropower station from 1888, which has recently begun operation again.
Plzeň – Historical Town
Plzeň is well known for its popular lager beer Pilsner Urquell and Škoda plants. It was foundad in the 13th century by the Czech king Wenceslas II. You can visit a variety of historical monuments, the 3rd largest Jewish Synagogue in the world, the Brewery Museum etc. In the Prazdroj brewery the world famous Pilsner Urquell beer is brewed according to the age-old tradition of Pilsen. You can witness the process of beer preparation and also see a video programme and taste a delicious meal in the largest beer hall in the Czech Republic.
The premonstrate monastery founded in 1193. The Romanesque-Gothic church supplements the monastery complex, which was converted during the Baroque period by the famous architect K. I. Dienzenhofer. During the tour, you will see valuable exhibits from the collections of the monastery museum and library, which contain a rare collection of first impressions.
The Wallachian Village is an open air museum of folk-architecture timber structures collected from the Wallachian region as a national cultural monument. The little wooden town embodies the distinctive spirit of vernacular Moravian municipal architecture of the late 19th and early 20th century. Combining both the carefully relocated original houses and the painstakingly recreated buildings fitted with interior exhibitions, the Wooden Town represents a particularly attractive open-air display of the traditional style of living, home-run trades and crafts and municipal and ecclesiastical institutions, and presents the spa character of the Rožnov area.
Besides its original fortification, the town historical reservation contains 213 protected monuments, from Early Gothic to Baroque, with 2 Baroque fountains and a Marian column. Catacombs under the historical centre are also accessible. Towards the end of the 12th century, according to historic sources, a Slavic settlement dominated by St. John the Baptist church was founded on the hills over Jihlava River. The village became a starting point for the colonizers of the region.
The most world-famous spa was founded in 14th century by Charles IV. Each summer the International Film Festival takes place here. There are 12 hot springs. The hottest one has 72 ° of Celsia. The town is also known for the production of Moser glass and Becher liqueur. Spa sightseeing tour includes the Mill Colonnade, spa parks, number of historical sanatoriums, Grand Hotel Pupp, the Church of St. Mary Magdalene, tasting the healing mineral water and the so-called 13th spring – Becher liquor.
Spa town built near the mineral spring, surrounded by parks is another spa town in the triangle of three spas in the West Bohemian region. František Spring dominates the spa with its sculpture of a boy with a fish – a sculpture with a legend. It is said that if a woman unable to conceive touches the statue, she will bear a child within a year.
Mariánské Lázně – Spa
Famous health resort and a centre of culture. The tour of Mariánské Lázně leads first to the cast-iron Colonnade with the so-called Singing Fountain. Then there is the chance to taste the healing water of the Rudolf and Cross Springs, the most important of the 40 local mineral springs.
Třeboň – Town of Lakes
A pearl of South-Bohemian landscape and history. This ancient town is the natural centre of the Třeboň basin – a gentle undulating landscape with many large and small ponds, it is because of these, Třeboň is also called a town of lakes. It has an uncommonly well-preserved historical centre with a square, that is surrounded by old-civic houses with Renaissance gables and arcades. The square, with the streets around, present a graceful unit, that is closed by the town gates and partially walled-in by town walls, fortifications and moats. The towers of the old Town-hall and of the gothic St. Jiljí church from the 14th century dominate this. Also the large Castle with its Renaissance gates was a part of the former town wall enclosure. The lake system of Třeboňsko was nominated to the list of technical sights UNESCO.