South Bohemia Region

This region, for centuries managed in accordance with the demands of nature, will surprise every single visitor. Those coming to see historic monuments will understand how enlightened and wealthy the noble families must have been and what excellent artists and craftsmen lived here.  

Contact information

South Bohemia Convention Bureau
U Zimního stadionu 1952/2
370 76 České Budějovice
Czech Republic
Tel.: +420 387 201 283
Email: info@jccr_cz

Web pages
www.southbohemiaconvention.com

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They left behind numerous cultural and historic monuments for future generations, evidencing the rich and multiform history – ancient towns full of life and culture, grand Gothic churches, dreamy Renaissance chateaux, monasteries, folk architecture sites, and interesting technical structures including sophisticated pond systems.

Thanks to the absence of large industrial factories, South Bohemia has a high-valued landscape, as proven by many preserved areas in the region. This is a land of numerous ponds, pine forests, and extensive peat bogs, a land enlivened by the skylines of towns as well as rural churches, which splendidly harmonise with snow-white marshland homesteads. Such is the picture of a typical South-Bohemian landscape in the vicinity of the towns of České Budějovice (Budweis), Třeboň, or Veselí nad Lužnicí. But South Bohemia is also the harsh mountain landscape of the majestic Šumava Mountains, Novohradské Mountains, and Blanenský les. Numerous beauties are also to be discovered in the area southeast of the town of Jindřichův Hradec – thanks to relatively unspoiled nature, many granite blocks scattered through the landscape, high hills, and large ponds this is justly called “Czech Canada”.

In the north, the Region is surrounded with the picturesque Písecko area within the Vltava and Otava river basins, and Táborsko area known especially for its medieval Hussite period. The present borders between South Bohemia, Germany, and Austria divide a landscape the history of which was oftentimes tied with one noble family and its power interests. The region location has also predestined its cultural wealth – the cultural influences of the harsh Teutonic and Anglo-Saxon north clashed here with cultivated arts of Italian Renaissance masters. However, local towns are not just some open-air museums, but on the contrary – they pulse with everyday life in an unrepeatable atmosphere. Stop by, stay longer, come back.

History

The location of South Bohemia, at present bordered by Germany and Austria, influenced its history from the very beginning.

The oldest records of human presence in this territory date back to 250,000 years BC; permanent settlement started around 4,000 years ago. First, Celtic tribes came to the region, followed by Germanic tribes, and, in the 6th century AD, Slavs arrived to settle permanently. At that time, a network of fortified settlements was formed in South Bohemia. Thanks to its favourable location, the territory was crossed with many trade routes, the best known of which was the Golden Route running from Passau, Germany. Precious goods – bronze products, expensive fabrics, ointments, spices, and salt – were transported from the north to the south.

The relatively tranquil and romantic landscape with a unique quantity of historic monuments may delude visitors into thinking of the region’s peaceful development. Quite on the contrary – many times South Bohemia played an important role in the history of the Czech lands and local events often also affected the history of Central Europe.

The first time this occurred was in the 12th century, when Vítkovci became the dominating noble family in the southern part of Bohemia and the rivals of the Přemyslid rulers. Their disputes over the royal power led to the foundation of a number of towns (royal towns of Písek and České Budějovice, subject towns of Český Krumlov and Třeboň) and numerous castles, small towns, and villages. The origins of many local settlements date back to the 13th and 14th centuries when the importance of nobility grew, such as of the Rosenberg family. Their family domains were located throughout the whole region.

In the 15th century, the whole of Central Europe was affected by the Hussite movement. Its centre became South Bohemia, the town of Tábor founded by Hussites and connected with their leaders Jan Hus (John Huss), Jan Žižka of Trocnov, and Petr Chelčický. The medieval fighting for the reformation of Catholic Church brought disruption of economic and social relations, destruction of monasteries and cultural values, but on the other hand it became the foundation of reforms and a later cultural expansion of Central Europe.

The 16th century brought a major development of the South-Bohemian beer brewing and fish farming with the introduction of new farming methods. This may be credited especially to the Lords of Hradec and the Rosenbergs, both noble families with a five-leafed rose in their coats of arms, preserved to this day in emblems of many South-Bohemian towns as well as the present-day South Bohemian Region. The Rosenberg governors Štěpánek Netolický and Jakub Krčín z Jelčan are closely connected with these events, particularly the formation of the Třeboň pond system.

After the thirty-year war the region was gradually connected with the noble families of Buquoy, Eggenberg, and Schwarzenberg.

Although in the following periods inhabitants of South Bohemia made – with sporadic exceptions – no significant interventions into the Czech history, many capable Czechs and Germans had their fates connected with this territory: the entrepreneur Adalbert Lanna, builder Josef Rosenauer, electrical engineer František Křižík, writer Karel Klostermannn, poet Adalbert Stifter, and many others.

The post-war displacement of German inhabitants and the Iron Curtain erection on the border with Germany and Austria became a great obstruction in the further development of South Bohemia. Most affected areas were those along the border and in the mountains with almost no industry and prosperity. However, the South-Bohemian landscape remained one of the best preserved, cleanest, and most beautiful parts of the Czech Republic.

Historic monuments

The ancient history is represented by monumental structures of the Romanesque (Milevsko monastery) and particularly Gothic styles (Vyšší Brod and Zlatá Koruna monasteries, numerous castles, forts, and town centres). Magnificent monuments have been preserved from the Renaissance period when the Rosenberg family and the Lords of Hradec ruled the region. Imprints of this epoch may be found in individual settlements as well as whole town complexes - Český Krumlov, Jindřichův Hradec, Prachatice, Slavonice, Třeboň, and others. A typical feature of South-Bohemian folk architecture since the 18th century has been the so-called “village Baroque”, the most beautiful example of which is the unique village of Holašovice close to České Budějovice, in 1998 listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. Hamlets within the Hlubocká and Soběslavská marshlands are also worth visiting.

Incentive programme 

South Bohemia harmonious – PEARL of the Czech Republic 

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Český Krumlov (UNESCO site)

Visit the most romantic town in Bohemia, hidden in the Šumava foothills between the Vltava River’s winding curves. Walk the twisting narrow streets of this old town, listed as a UNESCO world heritage site for its artistic and urban values. The historic centre is dominated by the castle complex, one of the most extensive in Central Europe. www.ckrumlov.cz

  • Tour of the Český Krumlov Castle complex
  • Guided tour of the town
  • Medieval feast
  • Rafting on Vltava, traditional wooden rafting
  • Castle museum and chateau tower, Egon Schiele Art Centrum, Regional Museum, Museum Fotoateliér Seidl (photo-studio)
  • Playing golf at the Golf Club Český Krumlov

Holašovice (UNESCO site) and folk architecture

A pearl among pearls, a picturesque and unique, completely preserved village in the South-Bohemian “village Baroque” style with an irreproducible genius loci, listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. www.holasovice.eu

  • Tour of the Holašovice village
  • Tasting local specialities

České Budějovice

Discover the harmony of historic architectural monuments together with the pulsing capital of the South Bohemian Region! Founded as early as 1265 the town attracts its visitors with remarkable buildings in its historic centre. www.c-budejovice.cz

  • Tour of the town
  • Visit to the renowned Masné krámy restaurant with a wide choice of regional specialities
  • Excursion to the world-famous brewery Budvar (Budweiser) with beer tasting

Hluboká nad Vltavou

In a charming landscape north of České Budějovice, above the Vltava River valley, rises a rock upon which one of the most beautiful Czech chateaus stands. The present-day Tudor style of the Windsor royal chateau comes from the mid-19th century. www.hluboka.cz

  • Hluboká Chateau tour
  • Excursion to the painter Mikoláš Aleš’s South-Bohemian gallery
  • Stay in a sport-relaxing centre and golf course
  • Trip to the Ohrada zoo

Písecko

This region is labelled the gateway to South Bohemia. To its visitors, it offers ancient towns as well as typical South-Bohemian villages, flatlands with ponds, but also large wooded areas and deep river valleys. The regional centre Písek is located on the gold-bearing Otava River. Its symbol is the oldest stone bridge in Bohemia, constructed in the mid-13th century, i.e. a whole century earlier than the famous Charles Bridge in Prague. www.icpisek.cz

  • Visit to Municipal gallery Sladovna Písek
  • Excursion to the Power station of the royal town of Písek
  • Guided tour of the town and the oldest bridge in Bohemia
  • Horse riding in the Zemský hřebčinec stud farm in Písek
  • Visit to the Orlík Chateau and Zvíkov Castle, boat trip on the Orlická reservoir

Experience South Bohemia

Třeboňsko

A flatland with numerous ponds and canals, interspersed with a dense network of cycle-routes and educational paths suitable especially for recreational sportsmen and families with children. The town of Třeboň with over a hundred-year tradition of bog baths and massages. www.itrebon.cz

  • Cycling trip around Třeboň ponds
  • Tasting famous local fish specialties /Třeboň carp/
  • Procedures in the Třeboň bog spa

Lipensko

The Lipno lake area belongs to the best-known resorts in Central Europe. It is a popular region offering unrestrained natural sceneries of the Šumava National Park and Nature Conservation Area as well as the comfort of a developed tourist destination with many leisure-time activities on both shores of the lake. www.lipensko.info

  • Lipno treetop walkway
  • Lit cycling/in-line route along the lake (21 km)
  • Active Park and Ski Centre Lipno (rope track, rope park, bikepark, aquaworld, frisbee park, bobsled track, water sports, downhill and cross-country skiing)
  • Skating of the frozen Lipno lake
  • Dogsled riding, snowshoe trip
  • Wellness and relaxation

Táborsko

This area is a region rich with historic monuments, as evidenced by the town of Tábor, founded by the Hussites in 1420 and named after the Biblical mountain. www.taborcz.eu

  • Visit to the Hussite Museum and medieval underground in Tábor
  • Excursion to the Housův Mill – medieval valley, Hussite tavern
  • Trip to Chýnovské caves – the oldest cave in the country open to the public
  • Spa procedures and golf in Bechyně

South Bohemia Convention Bureau

South Bohemia belongs to the most attractive tourist regions in the Czech Republic. The region is situated in the southern part of the country, along the border with Germany and Austria. It may be visited on the way from Prague to Vienna, Linz, or Passau. České Budějovice, the largest South-Bohemian town, lies approximately in the middle of the region. Visitors may find here such pearls as the town of Český Krumlov (UNESCO site) and the neo-Gothic Hluboká Chateau. South Bohemia is a traditional tourist destination for both individual and congress/incentive tourism. A developed infrastructure sensitively completes a rich cultural, natural, and historic heritage. Visitors may choose from numerous modern congress halls as well as exclusive historic premises. Conference venues equipped with the latest technology, professionalism, and individual customer service meeting all clients’ requirements are ready to provide a smooth course of a conference or incentive event. Accommodation capacities and quality facilities are completed with a wide offer of local gastronomic specialities. All of this is intensified by the atmosphere of varied cultural, sports, and social events.

The South Bohemian Region offers both suitable venues for congresses and numerous places of historic and natural interest for their participants. According to the Czech Statistical Office data, South Bohemia hosted a total of 317 conferences with over 32,000 participants in 2010, which is an average Czech value. The number of conferences held in the region has been growing: 197 events were held here in 2009, and only 132 in 2008.

South Bohemia Convention Bureau

The Bureau comes under the Tourist Authority of South Bohemia, a state-funded institution founded to support tourism in the Region. The South Bohemia Convention Bureau provides organisers with independent help and consultancy in the planning and realisation of congresses, conferences, and incentive events in South Bohemia.

Our services

  • Support in planning MICE events in South Bohemia
  • Provision of complete information on the offer of congress and conference venues in South Bohemia
  • Consultancy in the selection of suitable venues for holding a conference or congress
  • Consultancy in the selection of suitable accompanying programmes
  • Organisation of inspection journeys

Conference venues

Use the České Budějovice fair grounds and other South-Bohemian conference centres or hotels with suitable facilities for holding seminars or training.

České Budějovice fair grounds: an exhibition centre situated close to the town centre along the international E55 route. The Výstaviště České Budějovice, a. s., company belongs to the biggest organisers of exhibitions and fairs in the country, holding several annual exhibitions and other events. The new multipurpose Pavilion T, opened in 2011, extended the services offered with a representative venue for holding social and cultural events. The Pavilion is located in the very heart of the grounds, with parking places in its immediate vicinity.

Other conference centres offer the capacity of 50 up to 1,400 participants.

Accommodation capacities:

South Bohemia offers accommodation capacities for more than 50,000 persons in two 5* hotels, twenty 4* hotels, and fourteen 3* hotels.

The Region’s most attractive locations for holding MICE events:

  • Český Krumlov (UNESCO)

  • České Budějovice

  • Hluboká nad Vltavou

  • Třeboň

 

Transport accessibility 

South Bohemia is situated in the southern part of the country, along the border with Germany and Austria. It may be visited on the way from Prague to Vienna, Linz, or Passau. České Budějovice, the largest South-Bohemian town, is located approximately in the middle of the region.

Airports

The nearest civil international airport is in the Upper Austria capital Linz. Other international airports are situated in Prague and Vienna, or further away in Munich. Convenient follow-up traffic connection is provided by public transport means (coaches, trains). If driving, the use of car-rent services at any of the airports is recommended.

For air transport, the regional aerodrome in České Budějovice, not yet public, may be used. The company is a holder of the authorization to operate the aerodrome as the public domestic aerodrome and the private international aerodrome under visual flight rules (VFR) at the daytime. Detailed information may be found at www.airport-cb.cz.

By car

From the northern and eastern part of the Czech Republic and neighbouring Austria, South Bohemia is accessible along the international E55 route (Prague - České Budějovice - Linz), to which local traffic junctions are connected.

Approximate distances and car travel times from selected town to the Region’s centre České Budějovice:

Starting point

Approximate distance (km)

Approximate travel time

Praha

150 km

2 hod. 30 min.

Vídeň

200 km

3 hod. 45 min.

Linz

95 km

1 hod. 55 min.

Mnichov

330 km

5 hod. 20 min.

Pasov

130 km

2 hod. 55 min.

Coach connection

Regular coach connections in the region are provided by several carriers. Tickets do not usually need to be booked in advance. Fare is paid at the boarding. Connection from Prague and other more distant towns is provided by regular long-distance services. International coach services terminate in bigger towns – Prague, Pilsen, České Budějovice.

Train connection

International train connection runs through České Budějovice and the important railway junction of Veselí nad Lužnicí. A new rail corridor connecting České Budějovice with Prague was open in 2009, offering regular comfort travelling in international InterCity trains; travel time is 2 hr 20 min.

Accommodation 

Star-based ranking from 5* hotels to economy  Total number of hotels in a given category  Total number of rooms  Total number of beds 
5* hotel 2 116 243
4* hotel 13 995 2054
3* hotel 3 84 224
Castle premises  2 70 164



Venues

Full name Venues

Maximum capacity  Location  Type (hotel, congress centre)
Výstaviště České Budějovice pavilon T1 2000 České Budějovice Congress centre, Exhibition centre 
Výstaviště České Budějovice pavilon Z 950 České Budějovice Congress centre, Exhibition centre 
Dům kultury METROPOL 800 České Budějovice Congress centre 
Státní hrad a zámek Český Krumlov 650 Český Krumlov Historical areas 
Zámecký resort Bechyně 650 Bechyně Historical areas 
Kongresové a kulturní centrum Roháč Třeboň 500 Třeboň Congress centre 
ArtIGY kulturní a konferenční centrum 460 České Budějovice Congress centre 
Clarion Congress Hotel České Budějovice**** 420 České Budějovice Hotel, Congress centre 
Wellness & Congress Hotel Dvořák Tábor**** 400 Tábor Hotel, Congress centre 
Státní hrad a zámek Jindřichův Hradec 350 Jindřichův Hradec Historical areas 
Parkhotel Hluboká nad Vltavou**** 350 Hluboká nad Vltavou Hotel, Congress centre