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Introducing Telč

Yesterday’s travel secret may now be a burgeoning tourism hot spot, but that’s OK because Telč’s appeal is too special to be dissipated by a few tour buses. Surrounded on three sides by medieval fish ponds, the pristine town square is precisely separated from the modern part of town. Strolling across the narrow bridges under the imposing gates is like time-travelling to the heart of the Renaissance.

Inside, the square does not disappoint with a grand array of façades, covered arcades and walkways and the beautiful Water chateau. Park yourself with a good book and a glass of Moravian wine at one of the cafés on the square and you’ll remember all over again just why you like to travel.

The best time to visit is late July/early August when the town explodes into life during the Prázdniny v Telči folk music festival (www.prazdninyvtelci.ji.cz). An eclectic selection of local and international performers is usually on offer.

In 1992 Telč’s unadulterated 16th-century splendour was recognised with a spot on Unesco’s list of World Heritage Sites.