Tábor - Slavonice

Trail length:
99 km
Starting point:
Tábor, Tučapy, Jindřichův Hradec, Nová Bystřice
Ending point:
Places to visit

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Take a few hours to explore Tábor and experience its otherworldly medieval atmosphere. Then from Tábor follow cycle route #11 up and over a hill to reach Lom. In Lom, connect with cycle route #32.Continue through the rolling fields, past old barns and forests until you reach Tučapy.

From Tučapy continue along cycle route #32 through rolling hills with many small fishponds to the village Dírná and the famous castle Červená Lhota. From the castle, continue along on cycle route #32 in the direction of Pluhův Žďár, after which the trail enters a forest and begins to climb. At the summit, a sweeping view will open before you onto Jindřichův Hradec and the surroundings. Continue to Studnice, where you should turn in the direction of Velký Ratmírov and Děbolín. From there you will go around the local airport to reach the historical town Jindřichův Hradec.

From Jindřichův Hradec continue along cycle route #32 through the Nežárka River valley. Before Malíkov nad Nežárkou, the path begins a slow ascent and the character of the countryside changes. An asphalt pathway through a peaceful forest awaits. This area has a low population density in a slightly hilly country with meadows, where in the summer you will pass cows, go around small lakes, and through marshlands. The countryside is reminiscent of Canada, which has given it its local nickname “Czech Canada.”

From Nová Bystřice you can go on cycle route #32 through the slightly hilly countryside to the monumental Church of the Holy Trinity, which was previously part of an extensive monastery ("klášter" in Czech), which gave the neighboring village Klášter its name.

Tábor (i Žižkovo náměstí 2, 381 486 230)
Tábor, an almost 600-year-old town, is situated high on a rocky cliff above the Lužnice River. It was established in its strategic location in 1420 by a group of Hussites, who were followers of the reformer Jan Hus. These “Taborites” were lead by the legendary warrior Jan Žižka, whose military expeditions made the town famous. Tábor’s winding little streets still reflect its important medieval history. One of the most beautiful places in the town is the Žižka Square (Žižkovo náměstí) with its period houses. A Gothic Town Hall dominates the square, which houses the Hussite Museum.

It is worthwhile visiting the historical medieval underground, where there is an extensive network of tunnels connecting the cellars of the city’s houses. Today there is an 800-meter-long circle of tunnels open for exploring. Jordán Dam on Jordán Lake (Přehrada Jordán), constructed in 1492, is the oldest dam in Bohemia. You can also take a look at the Garnet Rock (Granátová skála), which is known as a source for famous Bohemian garnets. From the original fortifications of the town including Kotnov Castle, only the tower has been preserved, which today serves as a lookout, providing tourists with unequalled views over the town. You can take a nice walking tour to the Klokoty Pilgrimage Church and Monastery, which is situated on a cliff high above Lužnice River. On the way to Klokoty, you will go by a calvary on an alley lined with lime trees (1.5 km/ 0.9 mi along the green signposts).

Červená Lhota
This charming castle, with its typical red color and its romantic position on a cliff across from the lake, is a famous tourist attraction. As this Renaissance castle was originally established with a moat, it is therefore necessary to cross a bridge to get inside. The tour of the castle will give you a look into a Renaissance Rococo interior. The castle lake is surrounded by an English park, where a 1.2 kilometer (0.7 mile) walk around the lake awaits you (follow the yellow signposts). On this walk you will get an enchanting view of the castle with its mirror image reflecting on the surface of the water. This easy walk will also lead to the chapel above the lake. In the summer season you can take advantage of the enticing opportunity to take a boat out on the water.

From Červená Lhota you can take a short diversion to the little village of Deštná (4 km/2.5 mi), where during the tourist season it’s worth a visit to the Rope-Making Museum (Provaznické museum), located in a workshop with the oldest rope-making tradition in Bohemia, you can watch rope-makers demonstrate their craft using original machines and learn interesting facts from the history of rope making. Deštná was also formerly famous as a watering place. The locality had great reputation in the 17th century for its healing spa, although at this time this claim is no longer valid.. In 1602, the Chapel of Saint John the Baptist was established above the spring with the proclaimed healing water.

In Studnice you can visit the pension and riding centrer Reithof Lapka that offers horseback-riding instruction and tours of the region by horseback or traditional horse drawn carriage. (Advanced reservations required: 606 587 223 or 724 345 070.) 

Jindřichův Hradec (i Panská 136, 384 363 546)
Thanks to its advantageous position on the crossroads of important trading routes, during the 16th century Jindřichův Hradec ranked as one of the biggest towns in the Czech kingdom. Dominating the town are the views of the castle and chateau, where three courtyards come together at the point between Nežárka and Lake Vajgar. Connected to the chateau is the legend of the White Virgin and in the summer months sightseeing takes place inspired by this theme. You definitely don’t want to miss a visit to the unique Renaissance Chateau Mill, whose four floors today serve as an exposition space for artists’ tapestries. Creative workshops and other activities also take place there. At the mill, which is open in the summer season, you can see a functioning water power station invented by Křižík, and you can also try hand-weaving textiles - a craft which Jindřichův Hradec is famous for. The museum in the old Jesuit seminary is famous for its mechanical Nativity set, which is the largest moving sculpture of its kind (Krýzovy Jesličky).

On the town square you can marvel at the row of unusual Renaissance houses with gothic structures, of which the most richly ornamented is the The Langr House (house #138). At this location you will find a boutique. You can also visit the natural garden Florianus (přírodní zahrady Florianus) in the old monastery garden in the town center, where various events are held throughout the year in the middle of an oasis of flowers and medicinal herbs. The Jindra Educational Trail (Jindrova naučná stezka), geared towards both kids and adults, will guide you through the attractions near Jindřichův Hradec. This trail, which is marked by red signposts, starts in the center of Jindřichův Hradec and ends after 10 kilometers in Malý Ratmírov.

If you want to spend more time in Jindřichův Hradec, be sure to take a ride on the narrow gauge railway (úzkorozchodná železnice), which began operating in 1897. The train goes north to Obrataň and south to Nová Bystřice. In the summer months you can take a ride on a historical steam train (for reservations call 384 361 165). The swimming area at the Vajgar Lake offers not only swimming, but also the possibility to borrow a peddle or row boat and marvel at the beauty of Jindřichův Hradec from the water’s surface.

Nová Bystřice (i Mírové náměstí 53, 384 386 909)
In this original logging village the village square was built in the shape of a saw, and here you can find traditional log houses. The town has been declared a heritage-protected zone.

This medieval castle was founded on the borderland of Moravia, Bohemia, and Austria, so the castle’s border guarded not only the commercial routes in the region, but also the country’s border. 

Museum of Czechoslovak Defense (Muzeum československého opevnění)
2 kilometers (1.2 miles) before Slavonice, you will find an educational trail (marked by red signposts) which tours a number of restored, furnished bunkers which were part of the defense fortification built before WWII. The fortifications are only accessible to the public during certain times, the schedule of which at the present time is only in Czech.

Slavonice (i Náměstí Míru 480, 384 493 320)
Slavonice is a rare example of the medieval urban approach. On the little town square you can marvel at the Renaissance merchant houses with their typical roofs and ornamental sgraffiti.Two Gothic gates and the remnants of the medieval wall are reminiscent of the times when the town was an important and lively place on the busy business and postal route between Prague and Vienna. A 6-storey tower built in the 16th century by the Weaver’s Union dominates the town and offers unequalled views over the countryside. The Slavonice underground dating from the 12th century offers a unique opportunity for exploring.

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