South Bohemia is a picturesque country of ponds, forests and peat bogs, scattered with charming silhouettes of little medieval towns, village churches and snow-white estates. Tourists are attracted mainly by the harmony of the local nature and folk architecture. The region is a highly south-after touring destination not only for its scenic beauties, but also for a number of historical monuments, spa resorts and conditions favourable for cycling and water sports.
South Bohemia Hospitality invites visitors to enjoy traditional fish meals and excellent beer in peaceful inns. The hospitality of South Bohemia is also evident during the international gastronomic festival held in České Budějovice every autumn.
South Bohemia Culture offers numerous cultural, sporting and social events, such as the Five-foil Rose Festival, Golden Path, Hussite Tábor Fest, Strakonice Piper Fest, Concertino Praga (Jindřichův Hradec), Passion Plays (Hořice), Meetings of Tábor, Holašovice Peasant Feast – crafts, customs, or Gold Washing of Písek.
South Bohemia Sports can be seen in any part of the region. A number of maps for both hikers and bikers, thousands of roads and paths for wandering and horseback riding, a paradise for hunters and fishermen, nature trails, water sports (Moldau, Malše, Lipno and more), winter sports – areas for cross-country, as well as down-hill skiing (Kramolín), golf.
South Bohemia Residential is the right place for peaceful holidays and relaxation in a beautiful environment and inhaling the air of ancient towns. The peace of the local countryside is a great attraction for agritourism.
A great number of functional pilgrimage places, convents and monasteries, and small religious memorials (wayside crosses, chapels, stations of the cross) make South Bohemia Religious.
If you suffer any locomotion disorders, the South Bohemia Spas can offer therapies and relief in the spa resorts of Třeboň, Bechyně and Vráž.
South Bohemia and Architecture
South Bohemia is presented as unique for its monuments on the UNESCO world heritage list – including Český Krumlov with its chateau including a Baroque theatre and a natural amphitheatre, and a jewel of South Bohemian Peasant Baroque, Holašovice. Our ancestors left us many treasures of art and architecture, such as the castles (Rožmberk, Nové Hrady), the chateaus (Český Krumlov, Třeboň, Červená Lhota), keeps (Žumberk, Cuknštejn), ruins (Dívčí Kámen, Helfenburg), South Bohemian Peasant Baroque (Blata, Holašovice), Cistercian cloisters in Vyšší Brod and Zlatá Koruna, as well as the historical town centres of České Budějovice, Český Krumlov, Třeboň, Jindřichův Hradec, Hussite Tábor or Písek.
Cycling in South Bohemia
The region of South Bohemia is ideal for cycling holidays and the varied countryside provides a wide range of opportunities for outings by bike. The flat landscape around the lakes and ponds of the Třeboň and České Budějovice basin is suitable for recreational cycling away from the dangers of the open road. There is a good network of special hiking and cycling paths through the forests and fields of the region.
In the last five years, marked cycling routes of varying lengths have been laid throughout the territory of South Bohemia. Just as with the hiking routes, detailed maps of these cycling routes have also been published. The paths lead by many artificial lakes, which enable cyclists to have a rest and a swim to refresh themselves. Leading across the eastern half of South Bohemia is the long distance Vienna-Prague cycling route. It passes through the towns of Slavonice, Nová Bystřice, Jindřichův Hradec and Tábor. It is possible to turn off the main route and follow local marked routes designed to acquaint people with the beauty of the South Bohemian landscape. There are also a number of nature trails where visitors can learn about the flora and fauna of individual localities.
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