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Ceske BudejoviceCzech Republic

The home of the original Budweiser beer, South Bohemia’s largest city is famous for its beerhalls, medieval architecture and museums.

Architecturally impressive squares, breweries, museums and pavement cafés welcome visitors to České Budějovice. Participate in outdoor adventures such as cycling and kayaking at the confluence of the Vltava and Malše rivers. České Budějovice dates back to 1265, when it was founded by King Ottokar II of Bohemia. It’s often simply called Budweis, a nickname referencing the city’s beer-brewing heritage.

The town’s center is Náměstí Přemysla Otakara II, a 13th-century square framed by magnificent Baroque, Gothic and Renaissance landmarks. Among these are the Palace Vcela, Radnice (Town Hall) and Samson Fountain. Enjoy people-watching opportunities from one of the cafés in the elegant arcades surrounding the square.

Discover more major attractions on the cobblestone streets fanning out from Náměstí Přemysla Otakara II. Climb the 225 steps of the Black Tower for views of the city and South Bohemia’s countryside. The tower stands adjacent to the striking Cathedral of St. Nicholas. Visit remnants of the city’s ancient fortifications, such as the former prison Iron Maiden Tower and Rabenstejn Tower.

In Piarist Square, marvel at the Church of St. Mary’s Oblation and Dominican Monastery, both built in the 13th century. Spot displays of antique motorbikes and bicycles at the South Bohemian Motorcycle Museum.

Find archaeological and ethnographical exhibitions at the Museum of South Bohemia. Retrace the history of the horse-drawn railway at the Museum of Setouts. Learn about the city’s beer-making culture touring the Budweiser Budvar Brewery. Afterward, sample this world-renowned beer at the pubs around Náměstí Přemysla Otakara II.

On a sunny day, join cyclists, joggers and inline-skaters at the Park Stromovka. Rent a bike and travel the bike lanes that skirt the Vltava and Malše rivers. Alternatively, go kayaking and rafting on the whitewater at nearby České Vrbné.

Reach České Budějovice easily via public bus, train or rented car. It is located about 93 miles (150 kilometers) south of Prague. Set at the geographical heart of South Bohemia, České Budějovice is also a gateway to the postcard-perfect towns of Český Krumlov and Holašovice.

Top Hotels in Ceske Budejovice

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Grandhotel Zvon
Grandhotel Zvon
4.5 out of 5
Nám. Premysla Otakara II. 90/28, Ceske Budejovice
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $48 per night

Located in the heart of Ceske Budejovice, this luxury hotel is steps from Bohemia and Black Tower. Iron Maiden Tower is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) away. Ceske Budejovice ...

4.3/5Excellent! (451 reviews)

"Excellent location in the city center, parking nearby; noisy room (AC/fan), but spacious, clean and well furnished; good staff Would stay here again."…"

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2020

Grandhotel Zvon
Spa Hotel Vita
Spa Hotel Vita
4 out of 5
Skuherského 4 , Ceske Budejovice
The price is $51 per night

Located in the heart of Ceske Budejovice, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bohemia and Black Tower. Iron Maiden Tower is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) away. Ceske ...

4.4/5Excellent! (13 reviews)

"Large, comfortable room; hotel 6 minute walk from the Old Town. Good value for the money."…"

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2018

Spa Hotel Vita
Penzion 4 Dvory
Penzion 4 Dvory
3 out of 5
Husova trida 37-91, Ceske Budejovice
The price is $56 per night

Situated in Ceske Budejovice, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Iron Maiden Tower and Black Tower. NZM Ohrada - Museum of Forestry, Hunting and Fishing and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (6 reviews)
SImple and inexpensive place for a traveler.

"A good, albeit rather simple accommodation facility in the wider downtown area. You will get for what you pay."…"

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2019

Penzion 4 Dvory

Popular places to visit in Ceske Budejovice

St. Nicholas Church
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St. Nicholas Church

Enjoy an outing to St. Nicholas Church during your stay in Ceske Budejovice. Take in the festivals and countryside in the area.

Top things to do in Ceske Budejovice

Walking tour of Ceske Budejovice, taste the Budweiser beer
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Walking tour of Ceske Budejovice, taste the Budweiser beer

$62
Per adult
Ceský Krumlov & Ceské Budejovice Tour with Entrances & Lunch
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Ceský Krumlov & Ceské Budejovice Tour with Entrances & Lunch

$76
Per adult
74% of travellers recommend
Tour of Cesky Krumlov with Lunch
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Tour of Cesky Krumlov with Lunch

$101
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Cesky Krumlov full-day bus tour from Prague
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Cesky Krumlov full-day bus tour from Prague

$86
Per adult
Private Transfer: Cesky Krumlov-Prague Optional Sightseeing
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Private Transfer: Cesky Krumlov-Prague Optional Sightseeing

$303
Per adult
Daily Door to door Shared Shuttle bus from Cesky Krumlov to Hallstatt
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Daily Door to door Shared Shuttle bus from Cesky Krumlov to Hallstatt

$50
Per adult

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