Tower in České Budějovice

Black Tower

The dominating, 72m Gothic-Renaissance Black Tower was built in 1553. Climb its 225 steps (yes, we counted them) for fine views. The tower's two bells ‒ the Marta (1723) and Budvar (1995; a gift from the brewery)...

Square in České Budějovice

Náměstí Přemysla Otakara II

The attractive arcaded buildings grouped around Samson's Fountain (Samsonova kašna; 1727) constitute the biggest town square in the country, 133m on each side. Among the architectural treats is the 1555...

Brewery in České Budějovice

Budweiser Budvar Brewery

One of the highlights of a trip to České Budějovice is a chance to see where original Budweiser beer was born. Brewery tours depart daily at 2pm (plus 11am July and August, less frequently from November to...

Museum in České Budějovice

South Bohemian Motorcycle Museum

There are dozens of historic bikes on display in this museum, housed in the unlikely setting of a 16th-century Gothic granary, later used as a salt warehouse. In addition to motorbikes, there are old-time...

Church in České Budějovice

Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin

One of the oldest buildings in České Budějovice, this church and monastery complex goes back nearly to the founding of the city itself, dating from the mid-13th century. The overall style is Gothic, with baroque...

Museum in České Budějovice

Rabenštejn Tower

This tower, part of the city's original fortifications dating back to the 15th century, is home to a small exhibition of historical weapons and body armour. If it's closed, ask at the handicrafts shop on the...

Museum in České Budějovice

Museum of South Bohemia

Founded in 1877, the revamped Museum of South Bohemia holds an enormous collection of historic books, coins, military objects, folk art and displays on natural history and archaeology, with a focus on the local...

Tower in České Budějovice

Iron Maiden Tower

The 15th-century Iron Maiden Tower is a crumbling former prison (and, legend has it, a torture chamber) and one of the few remaining bits of the Old Town's Gothic fortifications.