The 10 Best Things to Do in Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic

September 20, 2017 Veronika Gaddis

Known by the German name "Budweis" in the 19th century, the south Bohemian city of Ceske Budejovice has been a center of brewing since the 13th century. The original inspiration for the American version, Budwar or Budweiser beer remains one of the most popular in the country. The vast, beautiful Námesti Otakar II square is the site of stately Renaissance, Gothic and Baroque buildings, including the beautiful 1727 town hall. Buses and trolleys link areas, and cycling paths run through the city.
Restaurants in Ceske Budejovice

1. Black Tower (Cerna vez)

Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic +420 386 352 508
Excellent
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4.5 based on 219 reviews

Black Tower (Cerna vez)

The bell tower of St. Nicholas Cathedral was under construction from 1550-1577. At a height of 232 feet, it offers sweeping views of the Bohemian Forest and the Alps.

Reviewed By Hana K - Athens, Greece

The Black Tower is situated just next to the main square. It's definitely worth visiting as you get the best view all over the city. It's also a nice experience climbing it, however you have to be very careful as in some places the stairs are extremely steep.

2. Premysla Otakara II Square (Namesti Premysla Otakara II)

Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic
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4.5 based on 302 reviews

Premysla Otakara II Square (Namesti Premysla Otakara II)

This cobblestone market square, one of the largest in Europe, is lined with magnificent baroque buildings and 18th-century arched and barrel-vaulted arcades. The Fountain of Sampson stands in the square's center.

Reviewed By Gregory D - New Lambton

Like other reviewers we really loved this Namesti for its great size, for the beautifully preserved and restored historic buildings surrounding it and especially for the total lack of tour groups which plague public spaces in Prague. The very impressive Samson Fountain was not operating while we were there but still a great focal point in the centre of the square. The Renaissance town hall is a stand out feature. Lots of cafes and restaurants under the medieval arcades. A lovely town centre.

3. Black Tower (Cerna vEz)

Balbinova, Klatovy 339 01, Czech Republic +420 376 320 161
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4.5 based on 33 reviews

Black Tower (Cerna vEz)

Reviewed By rbbrno - Brno, Czech Republic

Facts: * 226 steep steps leading to the top * just 40CZK entrance fee * nice view over city and neighbouring hilly terrain

4. Holasovice

Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic +420 777 621 221
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4.5 based on 185 reviews

Holasovice

Reviewed By Janulik - Prague, Czech Republic

Holasovice is beautifully well preserved example of a traditional central European village. It has a large number of outstanding 18th and 19th century buildings in a style known as 'South Bohemian folk Baroque'. The village was deserted after the WWII and because of this the ground plan dating from the Middle Ages remained intact. It was restored and repopulated from 1990, and it is UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998. The houses are beautifully restored with lovely ornate walls. In the middle of the village is a small pond with two water goblins made out of wood.

5. Budweiser Brewery (Budejovicky Budvar)

Karoliny SvEtle 4, Ceske Budejovice 370 21, Czech Republic +420 387 705 347
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4 based on 246 reviews

Budweiser Brewery (Budejovicky Budvar)

The Czech brew was originally manufactured at this site, which is open to the public for tastings and tours.

Reviewed By Santhosh K - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The whole Czech trip we were on public transport, so google maps were our guiding star.
Cesky Budejovice to the brewery location the trip was a little tricky, since google maps stopped showing the public transport options we were like stranded in the bus-station and forced to take a taxi. Taxis are available upon booking over phone and it was bit difficult to communicate with the taxi operators.
We were 2 adults and a child booked a private tour and Jewel was our guide in the Budweiser Brewery. She was super friendly and informative.We learned on the history of Budweiser and understood which is the real Budweiser. The infos on the malt fermentation, yeast adding and differentiation with pale and black beer was fun. And we enjoyed the fresh beer directly as well !!!
The production chain, packing and labeling of the cans were fantastic !! We enjoyed it !!
And dear Jewel, me and my family thanks you for the help that evening. You came with us all the way to the bus stops and educated us on the roots - it was a real help, since my guiding star - the google maps was not functional !!
Thanks a lot dear !!!!!!

6. Samson's Fountain

Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic
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4.5 based on 118 reviews

Samson's Fountain

This 18th-century Fountain, located in the center of one of the largest squares in Europe, once served as Ceske Budejovice's main water supply.

Reviewed By Jakub R

Almost May and it was not working. The place is havily sunny in summer and I can only imagine that the fontainse is helping to survive the hot days

7. Town Hall (Radnice)

Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic +420 386 801 413
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4.5 based on 95 reviews

Town Hall (Radnice)

Built between 1727-30, this baroque structure has four rooftop statues meant to symbolize the four virtues of the town's citizenry: Fairness, Wisdom, Caution and Bravery.

Reviewed By nemanja1205 - Serbia

Interesting building with decoration in form of dragons. The colour stands out from other buildings on the square.

8. St. Nicholas Church

Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic
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4 based on 36 reviews

St. Nicholas Church

Located on the corner of one of Europe's largest squares, this magnificent Cathedral features a 72-meter-high bell tower that offers magnificent views of the Bohemian Forest and Alps.

Reviewed By Rick S

This is nice example of gentle and sensitive renovation. This great baroque church look now very fresh, bright, friendly and it most probably look just as it look when was freshly build up long rime ago....there are so many similar churches from 15-16 Centhury in Czech Republic, in fact in every village one could find nice example, living gallery or so, but many are preserved in old baroque style, highly deecorated, large painting, sometime quite dark....here at St. Nicholas they have spent some money with reconstruction and lighting is very nice, seats are new and organ sounds just wonderful, paintings are freshly touched and church lift up spirit of tired pilgrim a lot. Well done ! Make sure to come in, sit and calm your self and dont worry to have word with God too...

9. Dominican Monastery

Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic
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4.5 based on 32 reviews

Dominican Monastery

Reviewed By vakantiejozef - Olen, Belgium

The Dominican monastery was in 1265 under Premysl Otakar II simultaniously built with the “Obětování Panny Marie” (“Presentation of Virgin Mary” Church, also called “Sacrifice of the Virgin Mary” church) but was not completed until 1300, survived several fires and more than 500 years until 16th century itwas a long period inhabited by the Dominican order, then used by the mint, until the Dominican order returned and resided in the complex until 1785, from 1885 onwards until the 20th century inhabited by the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer. This monumental Gothic monastery with Baroque and rococo additions and unique medieval fresco paintings is surrounded by a cloister garden ornamented with Baroque statues.

10. Baroque Terraced Houses

Ceska 46-62, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic
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4 based on 27 reviews

Baroque Terraced Houses

Reviewed By vakantiejozef - Olen, Belgium

These houses were managed by municipal hospital sv. Václav, 1728-1734 9 new Baroque terraced houses were built which were sold to private owners, amongst whoom small craftsmen (such as tailor, Filch, glover, Miller, etc). The Interiors of these small buildings are very tight but relatively efficient. Today the houses serve primarily residential and Office purposes, or as grocer and mini supermarket.

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