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Ceske Budejovice was our 1st stop on our four country jaunt through Europe in May 2008. It's a pleasant enough place with a very attractive main square, you will find pods of tourists floating around, most seemed to be German, but it's not overwhelmingly touristy. Cesky Krumlov and Hluboka are both easy daytrips if you decide to stay here.

Ceske Budejovice was founded in 1265 by King Otakar II as a German merchants colony, it's wealth coming from the silver mines and it's location on the salt route from Linz, Austria to Prague. In the 17th century, it was wiped out by war and fire but restored by the Hapsburgs in the 18th century. Today the city is known for it's local beer, Budvar, known in the US as Budweiser although I've read that the US equivalent is much inferior to the Czech beer.

We didn't spend much time at all during the day in Ceske Budejovice, should you want to spend some time here you can visit the Budvar brewery, visit the interior of a couple of churchs or one of the museums, there's a motorcycle museum, a museum of South Bohemia and a horse-drawn railway museum.

Or you might try the tourism office's walking tour

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Good base for sights in southern Bohemia
  • Cons:Few restaurants in the old town
  • Last visit to Ceske Budejovice: May 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • zadunajska8's Profile Photo
    Jan 22, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    I love Bohemia but have never been to this town. The main square looks lovely in your pictures.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Aug 22, 2008 at 5:48 PM

    That is so beautiful

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Aug 13, 2008 at 5:59 AM

    The main square looks lovely, and your day trips sound great. Excellent restaurant tips too. BTW, Budvar is streets ahead of Budweiser, which is really a pale imitation of its European cousin ;-)

  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Jun 25, 2008 at 3:53 PM

    mmm. beer town :O)

  • yooperprof's Profile Photo
    Jun 18, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    It looks like a lovely town. I would think that you could make a ton of money by opening a good mexican restaurant here!

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Jun 15, 2008 at 4:49 PM

    Excellent restaurant review, & I'm impressed with the hotel. The main square is impressive as was the tower & castle. Enjoyed reading about the superior beer [even though, like you, I never drink the stuff]. Beautiful photos &, as usual, helpful info.

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Jun 14, 2008 at 5:40 AM

    Great seeing your pages and photos as I loved our trip around Czech a few yrs back - pretty and interesting architecture, loved the food and lower prices!Pre dig days -waiting for a scanner...

  • SWFC_Fan's Profile Photo
    Jun 14, 2008 at 2:07 AM

    Great tips, Kristi! Ceske Budejovice is on my hit-list for next time I'm in the Czech Rep - the main square looks lovely, and I'll be sure to sample the *real* Budweiser while I'm there! ;-)

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Jun 13, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Although apparently crowded, Ceske Budejovice looks like a pretty little place. Great that you had some nice looking sunshine for your beaut photos!

  • Hopkid's Profile Photo
    Jun 13, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    Great restaurant reviews as usual. Too bad you didn't get to eat at Masne Kramy. I'm sure it would have been superb!


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