Originally settled in the 12th Century, České Budějovice (Budweis) town is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the Czech Republic, due to its original architecture and subsequent builds from various historical periods. Together we will walk through the historical lanes to the famous square and city hall, surrounded by beautiful arcades. We will climb the Black Tower, and weather permitting, you will have a view of the Austrian Alps.
After lunch in a local establishment, featuring south bohemian specialties, we will continue our trip to the fabled chateau Hluboká. Originally constructed in the 13th century as a gothic style castle by Czech kings, Hluboka has undergone numerous reconstructions since then. Several aristocratic families maintained its ownership over the years, and each chose different styles to represent their own tastes. The most recent renovation of the castle took place in 19th century by Czech kings. The current appearance of the castle was achieved during the reign of Johann Adolf II of Schwarzenberg and his wife Eleonora, who decided to rebuild their seat after the Windsor model. In the interiors you can admire exclusive collections of beautiful furniture, porcelain, crystal glass and tapestries.
Medieval town with Renaissance soul, Český Krumlov: the atmosphere of this exceptional town is exemplified by its monumental castle above the Vltava river. The tour of the town climaxes at a lookout gallery, with a magnificent view of the former Jesuit colleges. Red roofs and spires forming a picturesque landscape will give you a great feeling of historical significance, with a touch of surrealism.
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