Regional capital:České Budějovice
The Czech Republic’s second largest but most sparsely populated region, situated along the border with Austria and Germany.A unique region with over two hundred heritage sites and protected areas, including the Sumava National Park (www.sumavanet.cz).Until World War II South Bohemia enjoyed close contacts with the neighbouring Austria and Germany; a well-developed network of cross-border transport links included the first European ralway line 0the 120.8 kilometres long horse-drawn České Budějovic-Linz railway opened in 1832 (www.muzeumcb.cz).Economic, cultural, and human contacts with Upper Austria and Bavaria have been renewed since 1989.South Bohemia’s cultural legacy includes two UNESCO World Heritage Sites (Cesky Krumlov mediaeval town centre and the historical village of Holasovice) and many other castles, chateaux and monastreies. Popular destionations include typical South Bohemian mountain range with cross-border hiking cycling and skiing trails. The region has two major spa centres: Trebon (www.mestro-trebon.cz) and Bechyne (www.bechyne.cz), a town known for its interesting architecture Towns of greatest tourist interest: Blatna, Cesky Krumlov, Ceske Budejovice Jindrichuv Hradec, Prachatice, Tabor and Trebon.Important castles and chateaux:Cesky Krumlov, Cervena Lhota,Hluboka nad Vltavou,Landsejn,Orlik nad Vltavou and Zvikov. Monasteries: Vyssi Brod, Zlata Koruna and Nove Hrady.Hiking and trekking:Sumava,Blansky les (Blansko Forest) and Novohradske hory (Nove Hrady Mountains), Ceska Kanada (“Czech Canada”) landscape area around the town of Jindrichuv Hradec, Trebonsko landscape are around town of Trebon, and Prachensko landscape area around the town of Pisek.For additional information about these destinations see www.jiznicechy.org/cz and www.jiznicechy.cz.Important manufactures based in the South Bohemian Region: Budejovicky Budvar,n.p., Koh-i-noor Nardtmuth,as., Robert Bosch,spol.sr.o., Madeta, a.s., Brisk Tabor, a.s., Jitex Pisek, a.s., ZVVZ.a.s Milevsko, Schneider-Electric Pisek, and CZ Strakonice.
An exceptionally complete and well-pre-served example of a traditional central Eu- ropean village. Holasovice has a large number of outstanding 18 th and 19 th century vernacu-lar buildings in a style known as the “South Bohemian folk Baroque”, and preserves a ground plan dating from the Middle Ages.
Historic Centre of Cesky Krumlov
Situated on the banks of the Vlata River, the town was built around a 13th-century Gothic castle.Despite the traces of later architectural styles, the town centre, castle and chateau are an outstanding example of a central European mediaeval town whose architectural heritage has remained intact for more than five centureis.
Cervena Lhota, water chateau
A charming mid-16th century chateau standing on a rock in the middle of a lake surronded by a small English-style park.Furnished in the style of a summer residence of the last aristocratic owners, the Schonburg-Hartensteins. In addition to tours of the chateau, visitors may enjoy boating on the lake.The chateau is a popular wedding venue.