Písek

Enjoy Písek Like We Do

Písek

At one time people panned for [zlato] on the Otava River and the name of our South Bohemian town is derived from this gold-flecked sand. And we continue to work with it to this day – on the quay by the oldest Czech bridge each year we construct giant sand [sochy]. And the most festive time of year is certainly during the folklore festival, when groups come to perform for us from all over the world.
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While in Písek they once panned for gold, in Třeboň they worked to improve and drain the soggy soil by building a network of [rybníky], slowly transforming the original [močály] into a paradise for active recreation. Today, we can explore the town and its environs by day, and at night relax in a spa after an excellent carp dinner.
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In Písek, after panning for gold they used sand to build the city, in Třeboň they built wonderful spas on the [bahno] from the swamps. Peat from local deposits in the form of wraps and baths has a beneficial effect on the musculoskeletal system because it reduces pain and muscle fatigue and promotes tissue perfusion. Spa procedures combined with walks through the chateau park is a tried-and-true way of getting rid of rheumatism and other similar ailments.
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Třeboň is worth visiting at any time of the [rok], but we have the most visitors in the summer months. Tourists, cyclists and spa guests stroll around Masaryk Square and marvel at the beautiful Baroque and Renaissance gables of the burgher houses. Then they take a seat in the restaurant gardens and enjoy the fish specialties and beer from the local brewery. If you're worried about kosti [bones], you may prefer to check out the exhibits of the Renaissance chateau.
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We have a peculiar sense of distances in Třeboň. Instead of the commonly acknowledged 40,075 km, a trip around the world is only 12 km, since our large pond is called [Svět]. A path runs all the way around and you can easily manage it [pěšky] or [na kole] in one afternoon. At one end, our aristocratic roots are commemorated by the Neo-Gothic Schwarzenberg tomb – you can always find some blue-blooded royal bastard in any family tree.
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All of South Bohemia is ideal for cyclists of all ages, especially the area around Třeboň. Do you like easy flat stretches, frequent stops to gather borůvky [blueberries] and houby [mushrooms] in the forest and skip stones on rivers and ponds? Hop on a bike in Třeboň and delight in the countryside and the quaint little South Bohemian towns. Where can you find us? We'll be at the stand with zmrzlina [ice cream] or hiding among the rushes with a fishing pole.
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The Lipno Reservoir is the largest body of water in the country and we also call it the South Bohemian [moře]. The best way to explore this beautiful corner of Šumava is on bike, but you can also do it on roller blades. A hundred-kilometer-long [cyklostezka] runs around Lipno but the trip can be shortened by taking ferries. For some intense bike riding check out the bike park with a chairlift to the top of Kramolín Hill. And if you're not into biking, you certainly won't mind a boardwalk trail through the treetops with beautiful views of the valley.
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From Jindřichův Hradec, where there is a Renaissance chateau, we like to take the local narrow-gauge train and then ride back. Or from here we head to Chateau Červená Lhota, where we can rent a [pramice] and pretend we're in a [pohádka]. From České Budějovice it's only a bit further to Chateau Hluboká. The trip can easily be managed by children, and if they start complaining about sore legs, you can even take a boat back.
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Of course, we can't fail to mention the splendour of Český Krumlov, which you can reach via river by taking a canoe from Vyšší Brod or Rožmberk. Anyone who appreciates folk architecture will want to see the rustic Baroque houses in Holašovice, a [vesnička] registered with UNESCO, while, in a somewhat less romantic vein, you can also take a tour of the nearby Temelín nuclear power plant.

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