The first part of this trip takes about 45 minutes, as we drive through the idyllic countryside where meadows and solitary oaks are mixed with deep woods to the lakes surrounding the picturesque town of Třeboň, which was founded in the mid-1100s. Trebon reached its peak as a centre of culture and commerce in the early 1500s under the wealthy Rožmberk family. Nowadays, Třeboň is known as a spa town and the centre of the Bohemian fish farming industry. The town’s local beer, Regent, has been produced in Třeboň since 1379. The exceptionally preserved historical core of the old town square, Třeboň castle and former Augustinian Monastery, with its position on the banks of the Svět fishpond is a true South Bohemian jewel. Just before lunch we will leave Třeboň for Hluboká.
Our journey continues through striking South Bohemian countryside and villages to reach the gem of the Czech castles, Hluboká castle. It’s a piece of Windsor England in the middle of South Bohemia, after its neo-Gothic reconstruction in the mid-1800s. Hluboká was originally founded by Bohemian Kings as a guardian fortress in the 1200s. The castle owes its current appearance to the Schwarzenberg family and is often described as the most beautiful Czech castle. We’ll join one of group tours to the Hluboká castle representation rooms. The walls and ceilings of the interiors are richly covered in fine wood and further decorated with wood carvings. Some rooms are decorated with paintings by European masters, chandeliers, stained glass windows and Delft pottery. The tour takes about one hour and is the only way for visitors to get to see the castle interiors.
We’ll have lunch at České Budějovice, the hometown of the Budweiser beer. It is on our way to Holašovice. Your guide will take you to local Czech Budweiser pub for a traditional Czech lunch in the old town of České Budějovice.
Our day ends with a stroll through Holašovice village, a UNESCO-protected site, which is about 45-minute drive from Hluboká castle. This village keeps its local character since the 1800s and is a unique example of “Country Baroque” — a very local South Bohemian architecture.