The almost fairy tale region of Southern Bohemia is situated of about a 2-hour-drive from Prague. Going trough countryside we can admire small villages and towns, fishponds and deep forests.
Our first stop in Southern Bohemia will be Hluboka Chateau. It was once built as a gothic fortress on a high rock to guard the valley of the Vltava River and later on it was rebuilt several times. The noble Schwarzenberg family rebuilt it at the end of 19th century in Gothic Revival–Tudor style, being inspired by Windsor castle in England. The interiors of Hluboka will offer us rich woodcarvings, designed by local craftsmen, collections of Flemish tapestries of great value, fine collections of porcelain, ceramics, glass, historical furniture and paintings.
Then, we will make a short stop in the town of Ceske Budejovice, home of the original Budweiser Beer. We will admire one of the nicest squares in the Czech Republic adorned by baroque Town Hall, renaissance houses and the Black Tower.
Finally we will continue to Cesky Krumlov. It is a unique town almost entirely preserved from renaissance period. Upon arrival, our tour starts in the narrow historical streets adorned by many renaissance houses, the Old Town Hall situated on Market Square, a magnificent gothic church of St.Vitus where we can see the tombs of the last members of the Lords of Roses’ family, other baroque churches and picturesque squares. We can visit the interiors of the Cesky Krumlov Castle which is situated on a high rock guarding the Vltava River and which was used for centuries as a residence of the Lords of Roses, the Eggenbergs and the Schwarzenbergs. Today it houses rich collections of furniture, pictures, china and historical artefacts.
A small UNESCO heritage village Holasovice can be our next stop. We can admire rural-baroque architecture from 18th and 19th century there.
Our last stop in Southern Bohemia might be the historical town of Trebon. Once it was a residence of the last member of the Lords of Roses family - Peter Vok. This quaint town can offer us a charming square with a plague column, Town Hall and renaissance houses and, of course, the Lords of Roses’ Chateau. Behind the chateau gardens, we can admire the largest fishpond in the Czech Republic called Svet (the World).