České Budějovice is a city in the southern part of the Czech Republic. Known for giving its name to one of the country’s most beloved beers, this one has many other assets to show off.
In the rest of this content, we present you everything you need to know about České Budějovice in order to spend a day or two there! A comprehensive guide, which we hope you will find useful.
Where is České Budějovice located?
České Budějovice is located in the south of the Czech Republic. The city is about 150 kilometers south of Prague. It is also a short 30 kilometers from another town we introduced you to – Český Krumlov.
How to get to České Budějovice?
Getting to České Budějovice is really not complicated. In fact, you can take the road, either via a car or by bus. It takes about 2 hours of travel time before you reach your destination. From Prague‘s central station, about 30 trains also depart, for a journey of about 2:30 – 3 hours.
What to do in České Budějovice?
But by the way, what to do during your visit to České Budějovice? Check out our selection of the top 5 activities to do there.
1. Budějovický Budvar Brewery
České Budějovice is said to be the only place in the world where real Budvar is made. The current brewery, founded in 1895, is one of the city’s monuments. It was soon considered one of the best in the country and quickly established its reputation around the world.
Would you like to discover it? A guided tour can be organized, during which you will discover all the secrets of making the famous Budvar. Of course, a tasting could take place once the visit is over!
Good to know
Would you like to find out more about Czech beers? Don’t hesitate to read our content specially dedicated to the 10 most famous breweries in the country.
2. The historical center
The historical center of České Budějovice is very famous. There is a large square (typical of the Czech Republic), old colorful houses, a beautiful fountain and a large, black tower from which you will have an incredible view of the surroundings.
Near the center are other important places in České Budějovice:
- St. Nicholas Cathedral
- Piarist Square
- The Dominican Monastery
- The Solnice building
3. The Black Tower
We talked about it just before: the Black Tower in České Budějovice is one of the most impressive monuments in the city. It is said that it is a skeleton that is in charge of ringing the bells (which means someone’s death). Only children can see it.
4. Hluboká nad Vltavou Castle
For many people, this is the most pleasant, romantic and nice castle in Bohemia. These people are probably not wrong. It is a magnificent Gothic castle that can be visited. Take the opportunity to go for a nice walk in the surrounding park.
Inside, you will appreciate the many works of art, the furniture and the set of pastries on the walls that decorate the different rooms. In short, a place that we really recommend you to visit if you have the chance.
Where to eat in České Budějovice?
Are you passing through České Budějovice? We have selected a few restaurants that might interest you. Let’s start with the Solnice. This is a restaurant that is located in an old salt warehouse. Here you can taste typical traditional dishes.
For those who like “world” food, we recommend Bohemia. It is an establishment that offers quality dishes. Be careful, the menu is quite small but the products used are of good quality. In short, you can’t go wrong!
Finally, we recommend (highly), the Masné krámy. This is an old restaurant in České Budějovice, known by the locals for being very good. An establishment that is located in the old meat market. So finding it shouldn’t really be a problem.
Where to have a drink in České Budějovice?
Would you like to have a drink? There are many establishments in České Budějovice offering excellent beers and other cocktails. First suggested stop: the Poetic Cocktail Bar Zluta Ponorka where you will be treated to incredible cocktails, in a crazy atmosphere. For many, one of the best bars in the city!
We also suggest you to discover the Gin Bar. As its name indicates, the establishment is specialized in the sale of drinks containing Gin. A must-see for the amateurs of the kind. For the others? Choose a more typical bar.
Which one? Singer Pub, probably! Czech beer lovers love to go there, as well as many locals for whom it is the ideal place to go to relax with friends, colleagues.
České Budějovice: our final recommendations
We invite you to organize a short stay České Budějovice – Český Krumlov, in order to fully enjoy South Bohemia. Allow at least 3 days in order to fully enjoy the many surprises that both cities have to offer! Do you have any questions? Do not hesitate to contact us. We are at your disposal to advise you!