Lipno The Lipno Dam referred to as the “South-Bohemian Sea” offers a plethora of various activities literally for every age and level of fitness. The new Active Park Lipno features: Forest Kingdom (dozens of game elements and stations, chair lifts, mazes, trampolines, climbing frames, net routes, towns in the branches, swings, forest cabins, castles, roundabouts, slides, sandboxes… Bikepark (a biking paradise with cambered bends, camel humps, bike-bridges, benches, stone fields – the blue and red tracks offer a cableway for bike transportation), Flow Trail (a safe mountain bike path even for smaller children), Bobsleigh Track, Rope Park, Aquaworld, Hopsárium (World of Jumping), and in winter Ski Centre. All easily accessible from one spot with high quality facilities. Priding itself on being the most sought after experience at Lipno, the Treetop Walkway is a 675 metre long barrier-free path built high above the ground, finished off with a 40 metre high tower commanding amazing views and a 52 metre long, dry slide. Suitable also for wheelchairs and prams. www.lipno.info Golf Club Hluboká nad Vltavou A golf course in the historic chateau park with the fantastic backdrop of Hluboká Chateau. An 18-hole championship course and 9-hole public course. Various tricky water canals, ponds, biotopes, and dozens of sand bunkers. www.golfhluboka.cz
Týn nad Vltavou
Baroque Route (104 km, journey time approx. 1 h 45 min)
Baroque Sites An idyllic, almost fairytale village green is the centre of the world’s most famous Czech village. It has gained its reputation thanks to the phenomenon of Rural Baroque, developed in the mid-19th century as a response of village folk to Baroque, which at that time had already been replaced by other styles. People just did not want to give up Baroque pomp, lavishness and passion. Ordinary masons started to imitate the work of the renowned Baroque masters with incredible skill, resulting in typical rounded gables full of curves and curls. A unique set of twenty-three listed homesteads representing one hundred and twenty buildings, including the listed stables, sheds, barns, annexes for the retired homesteader, granaries, gates, small sacral structures and even fences. And yet it is not an open-air museum, the historic buildings are lived in to this day. Choice of experiences on offer Country Festivities at Holašovice. A three-day long folk festival will drag you into the hustle and bustle of a period fair with craftsmen, stall holders and folk accordionists. Some of the crafts have almost slipped into oblivion, but here they are able to resurrect them. They mint coins, sew shoes, forge horseshoes, spin pottery and carve Nativity Scene figures here. The creative workshops offer a chance to try some of the crafts. Trips to nearby villages. Rural Baroque can also be discovered around Holašovice. Is doesn’t really matter which direction you set out on, examples of typical round gabled houses are everywhere.
Baroque Sites Surrounded by charming woodland landscape with dozens of ponds and meadows, the chateau prides itself on its fresco decorations which have survived in an unprecedented way. Finished in 1686, the chateau once served as the centre of the large estate of the Czernin family. Its first architect was most likely the famous Italian Carlo Lurago. The Baroque and Rococo wall paintings by Carpoforo Tencalla, inspired by classical mythology and legends, are truly wonderful. The chateau park is partly a Baroque garden combining French and Italian elements of garden architecture. A chateau chapel with remarkable fresco decoration is also well worth seeing. Choice of experiences on offer Guided tours of the chateau and garden. Take a closer look at all the halls with frescoes, lounges, a terrace, St. Joseph’s Chapel, sala terrena, garden and fish-farming exposition. More Baroque within easy reach You can extend your route with a trip to Klatovy featuring several Jesuit Baroque sites. Another village worthy of a visit is Paštiky with the Church of St. John the Baptist and chateau in Čestice near Volyně. Around Volyně and Vlachovo Březí one may admire Rural Baroque structures by Jakub Bursa, South Bohemia’s legendary mason and stucco plasterer.
Baroque Sites The extensive grounds of the Krumlov Chateau boast a unique specimen, one of the world’s best preserved Baroque theatres, comprising the original building, the orchestra pit, stage and the whole complicated stage machinery, many costumes, props and lighting. Thanks to the sensitive reconstruction everything is wonderfully preserved. The duke’s theatre box used to be entered via a covered connecting corridor – a part of another chateau’s Baroque gem, the monumental Cloak Bridge, rising to a height of forty metres. This Baroque technical masterpiece is made up of an arcade structure, bearing two floors of covered corridors. The brick balustrade is decorated with statues of Saints, similarly as Charles Bridge in Prague. The Baroque garden full of optical sensations, effects, vistas and secret symbols completes the triple Baroque beauty of the chateau with great dignity. In the last decades the Baroque character of the garden has been notably restored. It has three terraces, a gorgeous cascading fountain decorated with statues, the Bellaria Summer House with a Baroque kitchen and sala terrena as well as a Rococo wooden arbour used as a Music Pavilion. Choice of experiences on offer Baroque Night at Český Krumlov Chateau. Every year in early summer, the traditional Chamber Music Festival features two authentically performed Schwarzenberg Court Celebrations of the 18th century, bringing rare productions of Baroque operas. Festival of Baroque Art. In September the Chateau Theatre and other attractive places in the chateau and town come alive hosting a series of concerts, opera and theatre performances, and even authentic Baroque Fireworks. Cloisters. The only set of three cloisters in the Czech Republic, the former Minorite Monastery, Convents of Poor Clares, and Beguines, is a newly renovated area, offering permanent exhibitions of the life and art of a medieval monastery, interactive expositions, exhibition about the life of Poor Clares, and an insight into the brewing industry. The grounds encompass craft workshops, where those interested can create their own product, or attend lectures, workshops, concerts and theatre performances. There is a newly opened Centre of Baroque Art, which focuses mainly on the phenomenon of Baroque Opera. Choice of experiences on offer A modern interactive exposition with workshops concentrating on topics of monastic life and art, as well as the skills and crafts of our ancestors. In craft workshops one can witness or even gain firsthand experience in the work activities of a dyer, tailor, carver, saddler, basket-maker, baker, blacksmith, bag and shoe-maker, potter, glass maker and chef, or try what it was like to work in a forge or black kitchen.
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Language availability EN, DE, NL, FR, RU, SV, IT, JA, ZH
Language availability EN, DE, NL, FR, RU, SV, IT, JP, ZH, HU
152 km from Prague
173 km from Prague
95 km from Prague
Visitors in 2015
Visitors in 2015 2,899
Visitors in 2015 401,555
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