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A beautiful city with royal appearance. Písek lies on the banks of the river the Otava. Already since the year 800 there was gold found in this river.

pisek_1.jpgNowadays the city accomodates a diversity of industries which produce a variety of products like food supplies, wood products, machines and tabacco.
The city was founded in the 13th century by Premysl Otakar II who started the building of a castle within the fortifications of the city.

Really worth a visit is the early Gothic Church of the Birth of the Virgin Mary with its 74 m. high tower. Despite the several reconstructions of the church, its frescos in the nave are very well kept through the years. The tin font and the Madonna panel on one of the alters are from the Renaissance period.

The city hall of Písek that lies at the same square as the church was build between 1737 and 1764 and is adorned with statues. In the courtyard are the remains of the in 1532 burned down castle. There is nowadays the city museum located. Around the market square are several grand houses. Also very beautiful is the 17th century Wenceslas Church.

One of the main attractions of the city is the stone bridge. This bridge is the oldest still existing stone bridge in the whole Czech Republic. The exact building date of the bridge is unknown but it is certain that it was constructed before the Charles bridge in Prague. With its decorations of 17th century statues of saints it resembles much to its Prague equelness but mainly because of the absence of the bridge towers the bridge looks much less grand. From the bridge you have a perfect view over the city.

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Tourist information:

Infocentrum Písek
Heydukova 97 397 01
tel:(+420) 382 213 592

Places of interest

3.3km: Jarník

Jarník hill (609 m) is one of the highest peaks of the Písecké Hory (Písek Mountains). It lies about 3 km east of the town Písek. On the top there is a observation tower. There are nice views of the scenery of the regions of the towns Týn nad Vltavou and Písek. The remains of gold mining can be found on the south-western slope of the hill - the desolate former pit with remains of the adit. The former limepit with the natural rock bridge can be seen on this slope as well.

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9.7km: Hussite battleground Sudoměř

The village Sudoměř is a well-known place of the first important victory of the Hussites on 25th March 1420. It is situated 10 km east of the town Strakonice, 383 m a.s.l. Near the village there are three ponds (with revetments) and a small hill covered with trees - this was the place of the famous battle between the Hussites and patrician soldiers.

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14.9km: Castle Zvíkov

The royal castle of Zvíkov near to small town Zvíkovské Podhradí was probably built by the czech king Přemysl Otakar II in the 13th century. Zvíkov castle is standing on the rock cliffs high above the romantic landscape and confluence of the rivers Vltava and Otava.

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18.6km: Castle Strakonice

This Gothic castle, originates from the late 12th century by the Bavor family of Strakonice. In 1243 a part of the castle was donated to the Order of the knights of St. John. Highlights are the church of St. Procope, a capitulary hall and a cloister with unique Gothic wall paintings. The tower Rumpál has a great view.

Address: Zámek 1, 38601 Strakonice | Opening hours Tu-Su 9:00h-16:00h.

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18.6km: Learning path Švanda dudák

About two hundred years ago lived in the vicinity of Strakonice very famous piper, named Švanda. The famous Czech playwriter J.K. Tyl wrote a play based on his life. You can step into the footsteps of Švanda in the 15 km. learning path in the vicinity of Strakonice.

Starting point: At the entrance of the castle of Strakonice.

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21.7km: Ruins of the Helfenburk castle

In the second half of 14th century a monumental castle was founded by four brothers - lords of Rožmberks. Todays well preserved ruins of the castle Helfenburk are situated 5 km from the town Bavorov in the South Bohemian Region.

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22km: Memorial Lety

The reverent area in Lety was on April 23, 1998 declared a cultural monument by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic. Here the prisoners of the determination camp in Lety are buried. There was a monument "To the Victims of Gipsy determination Camp in Lety" disclosed in 1995 as a memento. The determination camp itself does not exist anymore.

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22.8km: Castle Orlík

Before the Orlík reservoir was filled, Orlík was situated on a rock bulge 60 metres high above the water level of the river Vltava. The originally Gothic castle from the 13th century, was in the mid-19th century rebuilt in the Pseudo-Gothic style. The castle offers historical interiors with valuable family art collections, a knights hall, Empire salons, libraries, a gun corridor, a hunting hall and a chapel.

Address: Zámek Orlík, 398 07 Orlík nad Vltavou | Opening hours: 9:00h-16:00h, jun-aug 9:00h-18:00h.

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25.6km: Židova strouha

The natural monument is located near the stream with the same name in the Táborská Pahorkatina Upland, about 2 km south of the town of Bechyně.

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25.8km: Ruins of Dobronice castle

The ruin of the Dobronice castle is situated 7 km from Bechyně, above the Lužnice river. Dobronice castle was built in the first half of the 14th century, in 1455 it was owned by Rožmberk family.

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27.4km: Stádlec bridge

The only Czech preserved chain bridge is a national culture monument. The bridge was constructed between 1847 - 1848 by South Bohemian industrialist Vojtěch Lanna. It used to be spanning the Vltava river, today it´s spanning Lužnice river.

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28.9km: Archeological village Netolice

The archeological village Netolice is situated on the top of St. John hill above the city of Netolice, it has also beatiful view to Bohemian forest panorama.

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