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) ‒ …
Church in České Budějovice

Church of St Mary's Oblation

This church and monastery complex goes back nearly all the way to the founding of the city itself, dating from the mid-13th century. The overall style is Gothic, with baroque elements added later on. Mass is celebra…
Tower in České Budějovice

Iron Maiden Tower

The 15th-century Iron Maiden Tower is a crumbling former prison and one of the few bits of the Gothic fortifications remaining in the Old Town. From November to April, call ahead to arrange a special visit.
Museum in České Budějovice

Museum of South Bohemia

The Museum of South Bohemia holds an enormous collection of historic books, coins and weapons. It was closed in 2014 for long-term reconstruction and during research for this book it wasn't clear when it would reope…
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 permanent exhibition of historical weapons and body armour. If it's closed, ask at the handicrafts shop on t…
Museum in České Budějovice

South Bohemian Motorcycle Museum

There are dozens of historic motorcycles on display here at this unlikely, ecclesiastical setting for a motorcycle museum. In addition to motorbikes, there are old-time bicycles and model aeroplanes on display.
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 (less frequently from November to March). The tour highlights modern p…
Square in České Budějovice

Náměstí Přemysla Otakara II

This mix of arcaded buildings grouped around Samson's Fountain (Samsonova kašna; 1727) is the broadest plaza in the country, spanning 133m. Among the architectural treats is the 1555 Renaissance Town Hall (Radnice),…