This South Bohemian metropolis was founded in 1265 by the Czech King Premysl Otakar II on the confluence of the Vltava and Malse Rivers. The Square of Premysl Otakar II with its dimensions 133×137 m is one of the largest squares in Bohemia, with arcades and a range of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque burgher’s houses. The other important town monuments include the originally renaissance Town Hall, the Samson’s fountain and 72 m high the Black Tower which provides a beautiful view of the town and surroundings.
The town is an excellent place to visit if you want to escape the large numbers of tourists in Prague or nearby Cesky Krumlov. It’s well developed transport links make it the perfect base from which to explore the surrounding region. There are many historic towns and villages nearby as well as numerous hiking trails and a vast cycle path network. The most famous cycle path is No. 12 which connects České Budějovice and Hluboká nad Vltavou.