Czech Getaways: Southern Bohemia / Šumava

First of a six part series of weekend getaway spots in the Czech Republic.

Southern Bohemia
The landscape is nearly untouched by modern civilization. Numerous cultural and historical sights offer a large range of activities to the visitors such as walking tours, angling, water sports or visits of historical towns, castles, chateaus and monasteries. Český Krumlov (pictured here; click for a larger view) is the jewel among the south-Bohemian towns. Its centre has been included in the UNESCO list of the world cultural and natural heritage, which is also the case of the Holašovice Village with its complex of folk buildings. The chateaux Hluboká nad Vltavou and Červená Lhota, the Zvíkov Castle or the monasteries Vyšší Brod and Zlatá Koruna are the most popular.

Transport accessibility

The dense network of roads of the European system: Praha – Benešov – Tábor – České Budějovice – Linz, Plzeň – Písek – České Budějovice, České Budějovice – Jindřichův Hradec – Pelhřimov. Main railways: Praha – Tábor – České Budějovice – Summerau, Plzeň – Strakonice – České Budějovice – Gmünd, České Budějovice – Veselí nad Lužnicí – Jihlava – Brno.

Šumava - Bohemia Forest

Known as the “green roof“ of Europe, the tourist region Šumava is extensive, around 120 km long wooded mountain range. It extends along the south-western border of the Czech Republic, Germany and Austria. In 1993 most of its area (the peat-bogs, glacial lakes, remains of primeval forest growths) was proclaimed the National park of Šumava. The mountains and hills of Šumava, along with its untouched nature, clean air and low population density create ideal conditions for summer tourism and winter stays. In the summer season, visitors can discover deep forests, calm valleys, mountain meadows, streams and lakes, peat-bogs and meads. The Šumava landscape offers beautiful views of mountain ridges and rolling hills. Many well-marked hiking trails are sure to be appreciated by visitors who decide to discover the region on foot. In winter, Šumava offers mountain resorts with excellent conditions for winter sports. In the surroundings of the centres, such as Železná Ruda, Špičák, Zadov, Churáňov, Nové Hutě or Kvilda, there are several well-kept ski slopes and tracks for cross-country skiing. Valuable historical sights, mainly folk buildings characteristic for this mountain region, picturesque towns and romantic ruins of the former watch castles can be found on the territory of Šumava.

Transport accessibility

A dense network of main roads and the roads of the European system Praha – Plzeň – Nürnberg, Plzeň – Klatovy – Železná Ruda, Praha – Vimperk – Strážný, Plzeň – Písek – České Budějovice. Main railways: Praha – Plzeň – Cheb, Plzeň – Furth im Wald, Plzeň – České Budějovice and extensive network of regional railways in the Pošumaví area.

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