Visit the South Bohemia and city of Cesky Krumlov
We try to highlight on our webpage www.topofczech.com, that the Czech Republic is not only about the capital city of Prague. You can visit the regions, which offer visitors various sights and adventure, as well as beautiful nature. Without no doubt, the South Bohemia is the most visited region. In the following rows, you will learn why. And once you realize why, you must come to see it with your own eyes.
South Bohemia is the region lying south of Prague. The area of the territory is large, so it depends on the chosen location, how long you will go there. In average, it takes two hours from Prague, which is not so much. Basically, we might say, that the geography of the Southern Bohemia consists of the two main basins full of picturesque villages. Hundreds of ponds, mountains, and hills, all this can be seen in the south of the Czech Republic. The most significant mountains called The Bohemian Forest (in the Czech language called Sumava) are lying in the south-west of the region. It´s beautiful National Park. It offers people many opportunities for the hiking, biking, and skiing in the winter. Other mountains here are the Novohradske Mountains in the very south of the region. It´s an absolutely fantastic place, still not so much visited by the tourists.
The area of the Southern Bohemia is just full of ponds. They have been developed in the Middle Ages, and most of them exist until nowadays. The biggest one in the Czech Republic is Rozemberk close to the town of Trebon. Other significant ponds that you can see here are in Jindrichuv Hradec (Bajgar) and Tabor (Jordan).
The attractivity of the region is raised due to the presence of the famous Czech rivers, which adorn the character of nature. The biggest Czech river is Vltava with its spring in the Bohemian Forest. Apart from this, there are other two bigger rivers Otava and Luznice in the area of the Southern Bohemia. All of them are very popular in the summer period because of the canoeing. The level of the difficulty is not very high, so they are recommended for whole families.
History – Cities and Sights
You will not find in any other part of the Czech Republic such a massive presence of the castles, chateaus, churches, and monasteries. The reason behind is the noble dynasty of Rosenbergs that ruled over the South Bohemia from the 12th till the 17th century. They had a strong power almost at the level of the Czech king, and as they were rich, they invested money and developed the region to a high level.
The administrative center of the South Bohemia is the city of Ceske Budejovice with a population of more than 100 000 people, which makes it the sixth biggest city in the country. It is a lovely historic city, on the other hand, there are more exciting cities in the region. You should not miss the towns: Jinrichuv Hradec with its amazing castle, Tabor and its historical center and Trebon with a pond of Rozmberk. And even if you will not have enough time to explore them, there is still another pearl, which you just MUST SEE.
We are talking about the city of Cesky Krumlov, the second most visited place in the country after the Prague. Cesky Krumlov is designated UNESCO world heritage center. It is a smaller city with a population of only 13 000 people, but it is visited every year by more than one and a half million people. All are coming to admire the historic center with narrow streets and gothic and renaissance houses. And everyone needs to climb up to the castle, which is the second biggest castle complex in the Czech Republic and a beautiful dominant of the city. Surrounded by Vltava river, Cesky Krumlov is a real Czech pride.
If you are fans of the sightseeing, there are many opportunities here in the south of the Czech Republic. Castle Hluboka nad Vltavou is a charming fairytale building. Its architecture is unrepeatable. Additionally, you can experience another magic moments at the chateau Cervena Lhota. It looks beautiful, doesn’t it?
And we can continue. Castle in Jindrichuv Hradec, monastery Zlata Koruna, chateaus Bechyne, Orlik, Rozemberk……And even much more. All are located in the South Bohemia.
Vacation in the South Bohemia
Thousands of Czechs, as well as foreign tourists, come each summer to spend their vacation at the south of the Czech Republic. You can select from many different kinds of activities. Fishing in the lakes, biking through the hilly countryside, hiking in the mountains. Or do you rather prefere sightseeing, canoeing on the Vltava, Otava and Luznice river? You can stay in the hotels, pensions, or in one of many camps. There are some very popular campsites at the bank of the Lipno dam, the largest dam in the Czech Republic. You will enjoy here for example the windsurfing in the „waves of the small Czech sea“.
If you still doubt what you should see and do in the Southern Bohemia, don’t hesitate and order the itinerary on our website Top of Czech and we will plan for you unforgettable vacation in the fantastic part of the Earth.