Are you looking for the best places to visit in Southern Bohemia (Czech Republic)? Then stop googling and start reading our tips.
You can use them to plan a long weekend in this beautiful area of Central Europe. We only had three days available for our trip, therefore we had to adjust our itinerary accordingly. We chose to visit six different places and each of them is a jewel on the map.
Did you know that almost all Czech fairy-tales have been shot in the south of the country? Once you set your foot there you will understand why.
Hluboka nad Vltavou
The first stop on our little tour, that we can call “the best places to visit in Southern Bohemia”, was this beautiful castle situated on the Vltava River. The village itself is not that interesting but the majority of tourists head directly for the fairy tale-like castle.
The town together with the castle was settled as early as in the Bronze Age and since then it has changed its owners quite often. Hluboká nad Vltavou has always been an attractive destination for such famous people as Emperor Charles IV or Alfred I, Prince of Windisch-Gratz. Just check the photo and you will probably understand why.
Anyway, we are sure that you will be pleased with the local cuisine so just try one of the nearby restaurants offering fish.
This wonderful place is going to take you back to medieval times. The historical center is surrounded by ancient walls and you cannot enter with a motor vehicle so make sure you park somewhere close, in case you are going there by car.
You will need a few hours to explore the historical part properly and there are a few attractions that may lure you in so it’s better to have at least half a day to spend there. Český Krumlov is surely among the best places to visit in Southern Bohemia.
The castle offers a wonderful view for taking some nice pics and there are several cute little souvenir shops where you can basically taste everything. As some liquors are really strong, try not to get drunk before you buy them!
One more important advice for potential visitors: if you’re planning to visit Český Krumlov and stay overnight you better book a restaurant in advance. The place is swarming with tourists and it may happen (poor us) that you won’t be able to find a free table in the whole center and will be forced to eat in the main square. Yeah, tourist traps!
Anyway, this place is a must. Did you know that the horror movie Hostel was shot here? Don’t worry, people there are nice and friendly!
Another small town in Southern Bohemia that has managed to keep most of its historical part in the original state with a little help of paint and reconstruction. The tiny square is full of colorful houses and you can’t believe that you are actually in an ex-communist country.
After a pleasant walk around the historical park behind the mansion you should visit the museum of “vodník” and different characters from Czech legends and fairy-tales. In Czech and Slovak folklore Vodnik means “creature of the waters”: it has a human constitution with membrane between their fingers and its skin is green. There are both evil and good creatures, which (or don’t, respectively) try to drown people when they are close to their territory. If you are curious about this mythological creature, check this link.
The museum is not big but the entrance fee is low-budget-friendly. Unfortunately, the descriptions are only in the local language, but you can try to ask the lady at the entrance for some info. This is a definitely non touristic spot among the places to visit in Southern Bohemia!
We must confess we have a thing for the castles built on water. As the name itself suggests it is all red and it is located right next to a small but beautiful lake with no houses and other disturbing stuff anywhere near. As you can see from the photos it is very romantic and in the sunny weather you can rent a boat and…well, you sure know what to do with a boat.
The inside is nice but not amazing: you can use your time walking on the shore of the lake trying to find the best angle for your pictures.
Jindřichuv Hradec is one of those places where you can easily find cheap accommodation without worrying about where to eat: we had the best ribs and chicken wings ever in a nearby pub.
You will certainly fall in love with the historical part of the town. If you have time go check the castle and take a walk around the lake. If you’re already tired of checking all these amazing medieval sights there is a water park not so far from the city center where even the grumpiest ones won’t have anything to complain about.
The last stop on our trip was Třebíč. This town is actually part of Moravia region, but very close to Bohemia. So we decided to include it in our tour. Although it was closer to summer than to winter the weather was quite chilly and the sky looked grey which made it look a little forlorn.
The main attraction here is the Jewish quarter which was almost empty due to the constant drizzle and cold. You can walk as far as the Jewish cemetery and that was definitely one of the most impressive parts of the journey. Some tombs are really ancient and many of them have become anonymous and all covered with ivy. Like all the towns that we visited it breathes with history and just a simple walk through the town streets will take you to another time zone.
How much time do you need to see the whole area? Well, three days are enough. The best time of the year for a trip is either later spring or early autumn: imagine how magnificent this region must be in October, with all its colors.
In case you also want to explore Moravia region, Brno is a good starting point.
Have you ever been in this region? Do you know any other interesting places to visit in Southern Bohemia? Did we miss anything? Check our gallery and let us know in the comments. We’ll be glad to help you to plan your stay there!