Trip to Třeboň
PTV takes you to Southern Bohemia, on a cyclist's getaway
Sure, Prague is a lovely city and its majesty impresses all those who behold her, but wait - there's more to this cute little land called Czechia than the single shiny jewel in the center.
Many travelers and residents might be wondering just what can be accomplished within the time restraints of a two-day weekend. Well, the answer is much. Just 144 kilometers south of Mother Praha lies a quaint and relaxing town called Třebon.
Located smack dab in the middle of the area so aptly named Třebonsko ("Třebonland"), Třeboň offers you the beauty of the old Czech lands both in terms of architecture and of nature.
This UNESCO-protected area encompasses seemingly endless trails, forests and most notably rybníky (fish ponds). In fact Třeboň itself lies on the banks of two of the largest ponds in the area, Svět ("World") and Opatovický.
Třeboň's main commodity is carp or kapr, which is a delicacy in the Czech Republic, especially around Christmas time. Although carp are bottom feeders - which is where most people feel they should remain for their entire existence - Czech carp is surprisingly tasty and highly recommended while in Třeboň.
Třeboň and the surrounding area is really best suited to a biking holiday. Whether you go just for the weekend or for longer, it's perfect.
The main reason is that it's flat, thus you can bike for miles with minimal pain. The trails run through the forests and around the ponds, keeping you cool as you go. Another way of staying cool is, of course, to stop and sample some of the local beer, Bohemia Regent, at one of the many trailside pubs. Also, swimming is permitted in certain lakes, for the ultimate cool-down.
In a nutshell, if you're looking for a place to get out of town then Třeboň is an easy and affordable option. Below you'll find all the basic practical information and some tips on how to spend your time.
One key tip is to book ahead - during high season (spring, summer and fall) it's very difficult to get a room. Having said that, the town itself still seems only mildly touristy, since the majority of visitors are out biking.
How To Get There
Take a train from Prague's Hlavní nádraží station to Třeboň lazně, changing at Veselí nad Lužnicí. Most days of the week, trains leave at 9:17am, 2:17pm, 3:17pm, 4:17pm, 5:17pm and 6:17pm, and the journey takes a little over two-and-a-half hours. See the IDOS site for more detailed timetable information.
For a list of accommodation options, in English, see the official Třeboň site.
Ryby Bašta, on the main square, offers great dishes for extremely reasonable prices.
Recommended items include:
- Carp nuggets lightly fried tempura style with a soy honey garlic sauce (you won’t believe it's carp)
- Pike fillets baked with ginger and lemon
- Side order of dill cabbage salad
For the lighter budget try the back terrace of the hotel U Bilého Konička for a Czech-style mixed grill for only 65 Kč.
Different bike trails place different demands on your time but if you're looking for an all-day trek, try the southeast loop to Třeboň.
The total journey is about 50 kilometers, running south toward chlum u Třeboně, back up north around Rožemberk, then back to Třeboň.
The route takes you through lush forests, past open meadows, dozens of fish ponds and lakes and some charming villages.
One village in particular, Lutová, has a perfectly placed hospoda (bar) ideal for a pit stop.
Another highly recommended stop is the old sand quarry called Cep. The water is refreshingly cool and the sand makes you think you're at the beach. This is a great place for a sandwich and a swim.
There's also a pub, U jouzů, where you can pick up more water. The total journey takes between five and eight hours depending on how long you stop to admire the incredible scenery.
Here's the exact route:
- Head out around the lake Svět and take route 122 south (Once you cross the main highway you’ll hit Cep)
- Continue on 122 until you hit 1010
- Head north on 1010 through Lutová until you hit 1035
- Follow 1035 north until you hit 1034, which takes you back into Třeboň
The Velká Cykloturistiká map, available in Třeboň and costing 80 Kč, is also highly recommended.
Třeboň Image Gallery
Video on YouTube
More Prague lakes may open for swimming by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: czechtourism.com)
Kyje is one of several districts planning to upgrade local lakes and ponds
There is still time to register for Heavy Hitters by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV
The fall edition of the charity softball tournament is Oct. 8 and 9
Service for Věra Čáslavská by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: wikipedia.org)
Gymnast is remembered for her silent protest at the 1968 Olympics
Bohemians 1905 may lose Ďolíček stadium by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: FB Bohemians Praha 1905)
The City and Prague 10 disagree over the purchase of the stadium
Martin Šonka makes final four in Lausitz, Germany by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV
Red Bull Air Race had its final event in Europe for 2016
Sparta Prague hockey club has new owner by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: HC Sparta Praha)
Hockey team is looking to move forward and hopes for more fan support
Martin Šonka wins gold and silver at European Aerobatic Championships by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV
The Czech pilot took two top awards in Moravská Třebová and is now headed to Lausitzring
Kotlářka Praha to face Draci Brno again in baseball finals by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: Martin Salajka www.fotosalajka.com)
Prague team hopes to retain title while Brno seeks its 20th win since 1995
Olympic Games to be shown on the Smíchov waterfront by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: Prague.eu)
Czechs will have 105 athletes competing for the gold in the Rio Games
Czech Synot Liga 2016/17 Season Preview by Mark Smith - Prague.TV (Foto: www.sparta.cz)
Football is back in Czech Republic - Synot League 2016 / 2017 kicks off this weekend!
Business gourmet club offering its members 30% off total à...
Have fun. Help. Volunteer overseas - Let us organize your...
Ready-made company from COMEFLEX
1.80 CZK / Minute to / in Czech Republic, Austria, Germany,...
Outdoor Adventure Minigolf
Indoor Playground in Prague 5, Zlicin
Kotlářka Praha - American Baseball
FK Dukla Praha