The town of Ceske Budìjovice was founded by Premysl Otakar II on the
junction of the Vltava and Male Rivers in 1265. It was built
according to a chessboard ground plan. The Dominican Cloister
with the Church of the Virgin Mary Oblation, where Gothic fresco paintings
were discovered, has been preserved. You can taste famous local cuisine
near here, in the Renaissance building known as "Masne kramy".
The Gothic-Renaissance Black Tower with a height of 71m marks
a dominant feature the town and offers a magnificent view. The Samson's
Fountain, one the largest in the Czech Republic, is located on
a 1 ha large square. In the period between 1825-32 the first European
"horse railway" was established on the route from Ceske
Budejovice to Linz. You can learn more in the exhibition of the South
Bohemian Museum, which is located in the guardhouse in Mánesova
Street. The pedestrian zone known as Lannova Street is an important
route in the town and offers many opportunities for shopping and refreshment.
You can visit the Budìjovice Budvar Brewery on the way and
taste famous local beer or learn more about beer production technology.
The south Bohemian metropolis with 100.000 inhabitants is well known
also for the "Koh-i-noor" crayon production and for
its exhibition and trade fair centre ("Zeme Zivitelka").