South BohemiaCzech Republic. It offers many picturesque towns with two of them on the UNESCO list, peaceful countryside filled with number of ponds, medieval castles, romantic chateaux and some hills at the south. While the region is often unknown to foreign tourists (except Český Krumlov and few other castles), it is quite popular between local tourists and definitely has something to offer for everyone. For local tourists, a popular way to discover this region is by bike - with nice, often relatively flat countryside and good biking infrastructure, this is a fun and relaxing way to discover South Bohemia.
České BudějoviceAttractive large city in South Bohemia best known for the original Budweiser beer
Český KrumlovBeautiful old town with the country's second biggest chateau, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
TřeboňA spa town located in the lake area Třeboňsko
SlavoniceA small town with well-preserved renaissance historic centre
PísekOld town with the oldest stone bridge in the Czech Republic
Jindřichův Hradechistoric town with the third largest castle in Czechia
TáborHistoric town, centre of Hussite revolution
HolašoviceAn example of village in South Bohemia Rural Baroque style in UNESCO.
Nové HradyA small town at the border to Austria, a gateway to Novohradske Mountains
- - a village known mostly for its eponymous red renaissance château.
ŠumavaA mountain range (including the Šumava National Park) stretching along the German and Austrian border.
TřeboňskoA cultural landscape with lakes, watlands and mires.
Novohradské horyExtremely peaceful hills at the border with Austria.
Fish pondsWhile unknown in many other countries, there are many fishing ponds in South Bohemia (and Czechia in general on a smaller scale). These are of varying sizes, from small pools in the middle of a forest to large water dams navigable by boat. The biggest of these ponds is Rožumberk near Třeboň. While fish ponds are still used for fishing (common carp being the most common fish here), they have many more uses today such as swimming, boating and water sports. If you bike, hike, or drive in South Bohemia's forests, it is likely you will come across some ponds. For such occasions, it is always good to have your swimming gear ready! The water is usually warm enough to swim, just check if it is clear enough; sometimes fishermen put fish food into the water that makes it unsafe for humans to swim in. In late autumn, you can see the ponds being fished, whereby all the water is poured out, the carp are picked up and placed in large water tanks and then sold at Christmas markets in towns, often alive. Common carp meat is served as traditional dinner on Christmas Eve. You can also get it every day in Třeboň.
By busThere are many buses going to numerous cities and towns in South Bohemia. Most of these buses originate in Prague, but there are also some from Brno and other Czech main cities. Use IDOS to find them.
By carA new highway is being build from Prague to Linz, but this highway is far from complete, leaving heavily congested two-lane roads I-3 and I-4 the main links with Central Bohemia.
By bikeAs Czechia is not a very big country, it is possible to travel from one region to another by bike, if one has enough time and energy. There are many marked biking paths from Prague, Vienna and other places.
By trainThere are many railways in this region (as they are in Czechia in general), but some of them have only sporadic train service. Still, train is probably the most popular public transportation option, as it is comfortable and dependable. Use IDOS.to find the right train. Some years ago, all the trains were operated by Czech Railways, but today they are some new train operators, which requires checking for the train operator and buying the ticket at the right cash desk (this is an issue mainly for the trains from České Budějovice toward Český Krumlov and Šumava).
By busThe bus network is very dense, but the bus service seems to be pretty chaotic and irregular. There are more buses on workdays than there are on weekends, with almost no buses on Saturdays. Again, use IDOSfor timetables.
By carThe roads are in good condition, but often quite narrow. Driving in night is a bit dangerous and a bit scary, as there are many animals with seemingly shining eyes in the dense forests of South Bohemia. Hitting a rabbit is no issue, but hitting a deer or boar often results in destruction of the car.
By bikeBike is the most popular way to travel the region among Czech tourists. The central part of the region around Třeboň is quite flat, the northern part around Jindřichův Hradec is a bit hilly and the southern part with Šumava and Novohradské Hory is mountainous. Either way, there are lots of marked biking paths and good biking infrastructure, with many bike repairs, rentals and hotels ready for bikers. Bikes can be often rented at railway stations from the Czech Railways company. See their website for all such places (the website is in Czech only but you can use Google Translate). For biking, you usually don't need a map, mapy.cz app in outdoor mode with downloaded offline maps should do.
By footThere are many marked trekking trails in South Bohemia. Especially popular for hiking are the mountainous areas, such as Šumava.
- The historical village of Holašovice, a UNESCO World Heritage site
address: Bezručova 142, Hluboká nad VltavouNational cultural monument.Located in Hluboká nad Vltavou town
address: Zlatá Koruna 1National cultural monument.
Lipno damAn artificial dam with many sport possibilities.
- Sail down Vltava river. The part of Vltava river under Lipno dam is extremely popular for canoeing. Usually, it is sailed from Vyšší Brod (under the dam) to Boršov (next to České Budějovice). It takes two to five days, depends how seriously you take it and how much you drink. The river passes through Český Krumlov and Rožumberk nad Vltavou, which makes it very scenic. There is a great amount of campsites to cater for the canoers and many companies renting canoes. The only disadvantage is the extreme number of people doing this, in July, the river looks like a highway.
- Biking. South Bohemia offers many opportunities for biking, with Třeboň being the main biking center as it lies in a flat, scenic region with many large ponds.
- Cross-country skiing. Šumava is not really mountainous enough to do real downhill skiing, but it usually sees enough snow to do some cross-country skiing.