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Ceske Budejovice

České Budějovice (German Budweis) is a metropolis of South Bohemia, with a population of almost 100 thousand. The jewel of the town is its historical core with a number of valuable church and secular buildings, with Gothic, Renaissance and especially Baroque houses with a unique preserved archway. Přemysl Otakar II Square is one of the most beautiful and, with its surface area of 1 hectare, one of the largest in the Czech Republic. The square is dominated by the Samson fountain from the 18th century, and not far from the fountain there’s a boulder where a gallows stood during the medieval ages. The dominant feature of the town is the stone block Black Tower from the 16th century, and the oldest landmark is the Dominican cloister with the Church of Virgin Mary's sacrifice. One of the must-see places certainly includes the restaurant Masné Krámy, situated in a walled building with a basilica ground-floor plan which stands on the spot of the one-time butcher shops. They prepare excellent fish in several different ways, Czech “classic” and venison delicacies. Anyone interested in discovering the secret modern alchemy of brewers should certainly not forget to visit the world-renowned Budějovický budvar brewery during their wanderings through the town. Nearby sites also attract attention. The Neo-Gothic castle Hluboká nad Vltavou or the Zlatá Koruna cloister, one of the most significant Gothic landmarks in the country, are but a few kilometres away from the city gates. And whoever wants to see a unique set of settlements shouldn’t leave out Holašovice, entered in the UNESCO world heritage list since 1998. Most of the buildings in the South Bohemian peasant Baroque style there are from the 3rd quarter of the 19th century. Concentrated around a village square, they give off an atmosphere that is literally fairy tale-like.

 

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