Ancient towns full of life and culture, majestic castles, dreamy chateaux, ponds, lakes and rivers to paddle down, cycling routes… one gap year is not enough to explore everything the South Bohemian Region offers. You cannot help but fall in love with South Bohemia in the Czech Republic!
Start your adventure in České Budějovice, the capital of the region. You must visit Přemysl Otakar II Square, important for its size and shape. The Errant Rock is right beside the fountain — legend says that if you step on it at midnight, you will get lost and never find your way home! The Black Tower is impossible to miss — from the top it offers marvellous views of the surrounding area with the mountains in the distance. A number of cafes, pubs and breweries can also be found in and around the city.
What else makes it easy to fall in love with South Bohemia?
The South Bohemian cuisine offers local products in a variety of ways. High quality fresh fish is typical of the lake district around Třeboň. Traditional specialities are venison, mashed potatoes with sauerkraut, roast pork with dumplings, potato pancakes and Kulajda — an old country soup. And of course, you must not forget to taste the local beer!
If you have enough time during your gap year you can go blueberry picking in the forests. Blueberry dishes have always been a popular part of South Bohemian summer menus — such as blueberry sauce served with dumplings, blueberry cake and blueberry drinks.
Traditional fishing harvest in autumn to secure a variety of fish for local restaurants as well as for export is both a ritual and hard work!
Rafters and boaters often think that they see two different castles stretch above the water in the meanders of the Vltava River. The older Lower Castle, built in the first half of the 13th century by the Vítkovec family, was joined at the turn of the 13th and 14th centuries by the Upper Castle. A climb up the English Tower, from which you can enjoy an extraordinary view of the meanders of the Vltava and the Šumava foothills, is part of the castle tour.
Originally a royal castle stretching above the surface of the Orlík Reservoir, Zvíkov Castle is often called the “king of Czech castles”.
Get active in South Bohemia
Paddle down the South Bohemian rivers
Paddling down one of the South Bohemian rivers is simply a must. The most popular water routes for canoes, kayaks or rafts are the Otava, the Lužnice and — above all — the Vltava river.
Cycle across the countryside
Enjoy the beautiful countryside, unique heritage sites and good beer. All this within a single cycling trip across the picturesque South Bohemian countryside.
Treetop Walkway, Lipno
The Walkway is delicately incorporated into the landscape around Lipno Lake and uniquely complements the Lipno region. It completes the offer of sport, educational and entertainment activities. You can get to the Walkway by cableway, Walkway Bus or by using a tourist path or bike path. You can hire an off-road kickbike scoooter for the way down at the top of the hill if you’re feeling adventurous!
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This article was in partnership with Tourism Authority of South Bohemia