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.