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This large city in South Bohemia was founded in 1265 by King Přemysl Otakar II and its medieval character is evident to this very day in the historical centre. An atmosphere of times long past is evoked here by the cobbled streets, ancient buildings, remains of the city fortifications with guard towers and part of the old moat.

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České Budějovice - Samson's Fountain
The dominant feature of the historical centre is the extensive square named after the founder of the city, which is one of the most beautiful squares in the Czech Republic. The square is lined with burgher houses with arcades and the spectacular Town Hall. In the middle, stands one of the largest Czech fountains, the Samson Fountain, with a sculptural group depicting the biblical hero, Samson, battling a lion. You cannot fail to miss the so-called Black Tower standing 72m in height, which offers a beautiful view over the city. 
 
Points of Interest
The newest of the five bells in the Black Tower is called Budvar after the world famous local beer. The Budějovický Budvar brewery is carrying on the tradition of brewing beer in České Budějovice, a practice which stretches back to the 13th century. The brewery attracts visitors to take tours and learn more about its history via the multimedia exhibition and of course also to taste some of its products in the lager cellar. 
The Koh-i-noor pencil factory, without a doubt, belongs among the other world famous businesses that are based in České Budějovice.
 
České Budějovice is located 156km from Prague.
 

 

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GPS latitude/longitude: 48.97368 , 14.48135

 

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