82.trip: Holašovice, Český Krumlov, Rožmberk Castle – UNESCO

Visit the monuments inscribed on the UNESCO Heritage List, on which the Czech Republic has 12 monuments in total.
Visit Holašovice and Český Krumlov

  • Take a stoll along the oldest stone bridge in the Central Europe
  • Visit one of the most beautiful castles in the Czech Republic
  • Explore the so called “rural baroque” architectural style in Holašovice
  • Ride a horse or walk through České Budějovice
  • Visit  the Rožmberk castle
  • Take a look at Svatá Hora near Příbram
  • Monuments inscribed on the UNESCO List in 1992 and 1998

You will get to know the part of the UNESCO Heritage, the town of Písek and its oldest stone bridge in the Central Europe. You will be accomodated in the historical house built in the style of rural baroque and you will see the architectural jewel of Český Krumlov. You will ride a horse or see the city of České Budějovice and on the way back you will visit the Rožmberk Castle and Svatá Hora near Příbram.


Schedule

Trip duration 3 days UNESCO
Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
Departure from Prague at 8.30 am
Departure to Čes. Krumlov at 9 am
Departure to Prague at 9 am
visit of city Písek
 tour of the town Český Krumlov
tour of the Rožmberk Castle
lunch in a local restaurant
lunch in a local restaurant
lunch in a local restaurant
visit of Hluboká Chateau
tour of the castle Čes. Krumlov
tour of Svatá Hora near Příbram
visit of Holašovice
tour of the town Český Krumlov
refreshments on the way
accommodation in a guesthouse in Holašovice
return to Holašovice guesthouse
dinner in a local restaurant
horse riding
OR the visit of Č. Budějovice
dinner in a local restaurant
End of day 1 around 5 pm End of Day 2 around 7 pm Return to Prague around 5 pm

The town of Písek first appeared in written history back in 1243, when its name was mentioned in a royal decree. However, the history of the place it self is much older. Lots of evidence was found that the surrounding area was inhabited by men tens of thousands years before our time.

Písek lies in the Southern Bohemia on the Otava river, whose borders are connected by the oldest preserved stone bridge in Bohemia. Building of large stone bridges was relatively rare in the Middle Ages due to the technical difficulties and excessive costs. The construction of this bridge began undoubtedly during the reign of Přemysl Otakar II., in the second half of the 13th century.

In that times, there was a “Golden Route” going also across this bridge, which connected Bohemia with Bavaria and Upper Austria. In the 16th century, more than 1300 packhorses travelled along this route per week. Nowadays the bridge is declared the National Cultural Monument and is regarded as one of the towns rarest jewels.


luboká Chateau was founded as a sentry castle in the middle of the 13th century by Bohemian kings, and as a royal property it was often put to pledge. Several noble houses has ruled the Chateau since its construction.

In 1661, Hluboká was purchased by the Schwarzenbergs, who reconstructed the Chateau twice. First one was in the beginning of the 18th century in Baroque style and later they conducted an extensive reconstruction in romantic Neo-Gothic style. The second reconstruction took place in the years 1840-1871 and included the renovation of the parks Chateau surroundings.

The main influence behind the reconstructions were the journeys of Prince Jan Adolf II. Schwarzenberg and his wife Princess Eleonora to England.

The royal chateau of Windsor was the ideal pattern that the reconstructions tried to attain.


Village of Holašovice was inscribed on the UNESCO Heritage List in 1998. It contains nearly completely preserved complex of houses and silos. Those are connected by enclosing walls with gates and arched entryways to the central square. These architectural motives, as well as the preserved decorations (so called Folk or Rural Baroque) on most of the facades give the whole village an unrepeatable ambience and expression.


Český Krumlov is a remarkable architectural jewel, whose importance was sealed by the inscription of the city on the UNESCO Heritage List in 1992.

A unique town area, mainly from the 16th century, has developed over the picturesque meanders of the Vltava river, along with the extensive castle and chateau grounds, which is the second largest castle complex in the Czech Republic, just after the Prague Castle. The first written mentions of Český Krumlov date back to 1253.

The first family who ruled here was Vítkovci and after them, both the castle and their five-petalled rose coat of arms was inherited by their relatives the Rosenbergs. Under their rule, the castle and the town thrived and prospered. In their times, the Rosenbergs were the most powerful family in Bohemia, shadowed only by the king. Český Krumlov is the historic seat of the Rosenbergs.

The Rosenbergs have been discontinued and so the castle went to the Eggenbergs in 1622, and then, after three generations, when they didn’t have direct successors, the heritage comes to the Schwarzenberg family, after 1719.


The city of České Budějovice was founded in 1265 by the Bohemian King Přemysl Otakar II. on the confluence of the rivers Malše and Vltava. The plan of the newly growing city was skillfully prepared by the Burgrave of Zvíkov, Hirzo. The central square with the area of 133 to 137 meters was surrounded by small streets in a chessboard pattern. Two new temples, the town hall and a very good deal of townhouses was built around the square. The entire city was encircled by the city walls with towers and three main gates.

Soon after its formation, České Budějovice became the centre of power and economy in the Southern Bohemia, as well as a support to the King. Its privileges was strengthened by Charles IV. in the 14th century and the city was the centre of commerce and crafts. České Budějovice also grew rich thanks to the silver mining and coin minting in the nearby village Rudolfov.


Rožmberk Castle was constructed on the important trade route leading from Bohemia to the rich area of the Upper Danube region. The first German name of Roseberg in firstly mentioned in 1250 during the reign of Vaclav I. Over the years, it transformed from a massive gothic castle to a comfortable renaissance seat.

Rožmberk Castle became a property of general Karl Bonaventura Buquoy in 1620 and stayed in his family until 1945. Jiří Jan Jindřich Buquoy (1814 – 1883) was a passionate collector of antiquities and works of art. Under the influence of the romanticism in the 19th century, he carried out a grand plan and rebuilt the castle to a family museum. Extensive reconstructions were conducted in the style of Gothic Romanticism and the look of the castle changed drastically. After that, the castle was opened to the public.


Svatá Hora ( Holy mountain ) near Příbram is an important baroque area, which is formed by a system of cloisters with four chapels in corners. The former gothic Church of Virgin Mary, which was rebuilt and enlarged in 1648 – 1673, is located in the middle of the area, on a tall stone terrace. From the northwest corner it is possible to descend to Příbram through a covered staircase.

Inside the church you can find a silver wrought main altar, built over the years since 1684, with a gothic statue of Virgin Mary of Svatá Hora. The statue was crowned in 1732 by the auxiliary Bishop of Prague.


Price of the trip 419,- Eur / person


– more or less than 4 persons – individual calculation

– If you require a guide, specify it and we will prepare individual price calculation.

  • On all the sights local guides are available and if they can’t speak in your requested language, prepared texts in your language will be provided.
    And of course, we will provide basic information about the trip, sights, and the Czech Republic in written form, possibly accompanied by audio recordings.

Organizer TA Pavlína Fulnečková  https://www.grandafrika.cz/

Source:

Město Písek http://www.pisek.eu/barokni-domy-cp-31-32-v-jungmanove-ulici/d-1039/p1=53
Zámek Hluboká nad Vltavou http://www.zamek-hluboka.eu/fotogalerie/interiery/
Zámek Hluboká nad Vltavou  http://www.zamek-hluboka.eu/fotogalerie/exteriery/
Holašovice http://www.holasovice.eu/fotogalerie/holasovice/
Holašovice Selský dvůr http://www.selsky-dvur-holasovice.cz/fotogalerie/
Unesco Czech http://www.unesco-czech.cz/fotogalerie/
Státní hrad a zámek Český Krumlov http://www.zamek-ceskykrumlov.eu/fotogalerie/
Město Český Krumlov http://www.fotogalerie.ckrumlov.cz/php/fotogalerie/
Hrad Rožmberk  http://www.hrad-rozmberk.eu/fotogalerie/