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About Ceske Budejovice

Ceske Budejovice Background Information

Ceske Budejovice, or Budejice, is more simply known as Budweis in German and English; although some might even say 'Czechsky Bud'.

Historical main square (Premysl Otakar II) in Ceske Budejovice, South Bohemia, Czech Republic; showing the Town Hall on the left.
Ceske Budejovice - Main Square

Founded in 1265 by King Premysl Otakar II (at the confluence of the rivers Vltava and Malse), Ceske Budejovice is the largest city in South Bohemia and a great central location from which to discover the countryside of enchanting rivers, fishponds, and forests; with marked hiking paths and cycle routes.

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Ceske Budejovice Accommodation

Where to Stay in Ceske Budejovice

Located on Ceske Budejovice's historical Premysl Otakar II Square, opposite the town Hall, a group of houses have been joined together and lovingly restored to form the Grand Hotel Zvon. Quality dining in the Gourmet Symphony Restaurant and a traditional Pilsner Restaurant downstairs make this 'the' place to stay in Ceske Budejovice. Breakfast (included in the price) is served in the Cafe Mozart.

If you can secure a tale by the window in the Gourmet Symphony Restaurant, you'll have a super view of the square.

Official Hotel Website. Grand Hotel Zvon: Nam Pr Otakara II 28.
The Executive rooms have been renovated to a very high standard, with free cable Internet access, and have a fabulous view of the historical square. There are also cheaper Business and Standard categories, but you don't get the view.

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Ceske Budejovice Attractions

What to See in Ceske Budejovice

When in the South Bohemian metropolis of Ceske Budejovice you should start your sightseeing off at the historic square; lined with Renaissance and Baroque houses and dominated by the 72m high Black Tower in one corner. The square's central point is the Samson Fountain, with sculptures by Josef Dietrich; depicting Samson wrestling with a lion.

Although the entire historic core is lined with visible remnants of Ceske Budejovice's medieval fortifications, the oldest structure in Ceske Budejovice is the Dominican monastery; located on Piarist Square (Piaristicke namesti). You may also like to visit the preserved reminders of the former horse-drawn railway that ran from Ceske Budejovice to Linz and the museum devoted to this former mode of transportation.

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Ceske Budejovice Tourism

Official Ceske Budejovice Tourist Information

The Ceske Budejovice Tourist Information Centre is located on Premysl Otakar II Square; inside the town hall.

Martin and Marketa, two siblings who decided to create a website about the city where they were both born – Budweis (or Ceske Budejovice).

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A view of the historical square, from the Town Hall.

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Ceske Budejovice Tours

What to do Around Ceske Budejovice

Journey through the beautiful south Bohemian countryside interwoven with little villages and romantic ponds.

Hluboka Castle, Czech Republic

Vist Hluboka Castle (Hluboka nad Vlatvou), rebuilt in the spirit of the romantic English Gothic style, based on the royal Windsor Castle, and admire the magnificent collections of furniture, tapestries, porcelain, paintings and historical weapons.

Holasovice, South Bohemia

Visit Holasovice, a typical village in the rural Baroque style which is on the UNESCO heritage list.

Also close to Ceske Budejovice is the UNESCO heritage site of Cesky Krumlov; a small historical town with castle.

Cesky Krumlov

Cesky Krumlov Day Tour from Prague.

If you love castles, you won't want to miss Cesky Krumlov's World Heritage-listed castle, the second largest after Prague's.

Called 'the Pearl of the Renaissance', the State Castle of Cesky Krumlov is one of the most important historic sites in Central Europe.

If it's natural scenery you're after, then head for the Nove Hrady mountains, the marshes and fishponds of Trebon or even the thickly forested Smava Mountains.

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Ceske Budejovice Transportation

Getting To and Around Ceske Budejovice

Ceske Budejovice by Road

Ceske Budejovice is at the Plzen to Vienna (Wien) and Linz (Austria) to Prague (Praha) crossroads. The road from Ceske Budejovice, through Jindrichuv Hradec, also connects with the Prague to Brno/Bratislava motorway.

Ceske Budejovice by Bus

During the week, Ceske Budejovice bus station handles some 300 buses from 23 transport companies. On Saturdays and Sundays the number is reduced to about 80 or 90.

International bus lines link Ceske Budejovice with France, Italy, Austria, Slovakia, Germany and Ukraine.

Csad Jihotrans:
The major company providing bus services within the Ceske Budejovice region.

The bus station is located at Žižkova trida 1519/32.

Ceske Budejovice by Rail

Ceske Budejovice railway station is to the east of the historical centre.

Ceske Budejovice by Air

Although Ceske Budejovice does have a regional airport (for ultralight, small and medium-sized aircraft), the nearest international airports are Linz (100km), Prague (150km) and Vienna (200km).

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