Jindřichův Hradec

In South Bohemia, right on the 15th meridian, lies the picturesque town of Jindřichův Hradec, whose history dates back to medieval times. Unlike the nearby Trebon or Telc, Jindrichuv Hradec is not overcrowded with tourists and thanks to it provides rest from the crowds of tourists. Not only the city, but also the surrounding area offers many attractions. For example, you can visit the Cervena Lhota State Castle, where the fairy tale Goldilocks was shot, the nearby Trebon and the largest pond in Bohemia, Rozmberk, or the town of Telc, about 40 minutes away by car, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are also many cycling paths around Jindřichův Hradec and there are opportunities for hiking.

State Castle Jindřichův Hradec

Visitors can visit the State Castle and Chateau Jindřichův Hradec, which is the third largest monument in the Czech Republic after Prague Castle and the State Castle and Chateau in Český Krumlov. It was the seat of three important aristocratic families whose members enrolled in Czech medieval and modern history. Over the centuries, a unique building has been built here that offers countless points of interest - one of the oldest and most preserved black kitchens in Bohemia, the unique Rondel music pavilion built in the mannerist style, into which music in the 17th century a white lady who had already cooked a sweet porridge in the castle for the poorest in the 14th century.

Peace Square and Vajgar Pond

The windows of Hotel Vajgar lead to Náměstí Míru (Peace Square), which is lined with Renaissance and Classicist house gables and in the middle stands a sculpture of the Holy Trinity. On the other side of the hotel you can see a pond of the same name, in the middle of which is an artificial island built in the 19th century by Count Jaromír Černín for his wife Karolína Schaafgotschová for her 40th birthday. The first historical mention of the pond dates back to 1399, but on the basis of archaeological research proved the age of the pond to the 10th century, which makes it one of the oldest proven water reservoirs in Bohemia.

Church of st. John the Baptist

The former Minorite Monastery with St. John the Baptist, who is one of the most important monuments of Gothic architecture. The church was built gradually from the beginning of the 13th century and was probably founded by the Teutonic Knights, but also the Order of the Knights Templar. Apparently the Templars created strange murals dating back to the 14th and 15th centuries, where various monsters can be seen - mutated human and animal bodies, a woman with breasts on her back, a man without a torso and hands, and others.

Museum of Jindřichův Hradec region

You can also visit the Museum of Jindřichův Hradec located in the building of the former Jesuit seminary, where historian and teacher Bohuslav Balbín worked. Visitors can learn not only about local history, but they can also see Krýza's Nativity Scene, the world's largest mechanical folk nativity scene, which has been listed in the Guinness Book of Records since 1998. There is also an exhibition dedicated to the opera singer Ema Destinová, who owned a chateau in the nearby village of Stráž nad Nežárkou. Not far from the museum, there is the City Tower at the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, which offers a magnificent view of the entire city.

Narrow gauge

Another experience offered by the city is to take the last narrow-gauge railway in Bohemia. There are two routes: Jindřichův Hradec - Nová Bystřice 33 km long and Jindřichův Hradec - Obrataň 46 km long. From May to September there is also a possibility to ride a steam train, in addition, all trains are allowed to transport bicycles, which allows longer trips to the Czech Canada.