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Prachatice



Prachatice is a regional capital in the mountain headland of Šumava, at the foot of the mountain Libin (1091 m.). Prachatice lies at an altitude of 569 meters and has 12.500 inhabitants. The city is, thanks to several historical buildings, under historical protection.

prachatice_2.jpgIn the 14th century the city had obtained a monopoly on the salt trade with the city of Passau. Beside salt also other trading goods passed Prachatice because it was one of the main stops on the "Goldener Steg", the golden route between Bohemia and Bavaria. Especially the 16th century became, as a result of the trading ties, the Golden Era.


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Of the historic center of the city a part of the city wall and the gate Dolní Brána were preserved. Especially the market square of Prachatice is worth a visit. The surrounding buildings are mostly beautifully decorated with frescos and graffitos from the 16th century.

The old city hall dates from 1570. At the front side the building is decorated with images which are derived of the Old Testament.

In the environment of Prachatice are 2 natural reserves and the 6,5 Ha. glacier lake Plesné Jezero, at the foot of the mountain Třistoličník (1320 m).




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Tourist information:

Kulturní a informační služby města Prachatice
Velké Náměstí 1 383 01
tel:(+420) 388 312 563
www: http://www.prachatice.cz
mail: icentrum@prachatice-info.cz



Places of interest

4.4km: Birth house of Jan Hus

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Jan Hus is one of the most important people in the history of the Czech Republic. He was one of the first church reformers in the history of Europe. He opposed the wealth of the church. Also Jan Hus was one of the founders of the Czech language. He opposed the upcoming germanism of the language as a result of the immigration of many German speakers and he was the first who translated the bible into the Czech language.

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12.1km: Boubínský Prales

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Boubínský Prales, the Boubín primeval forest, is a lovely forest in Šumava. It lies between Vimperk, to the north and Lenora to the south.
The forest is called after the mountain Boubín which is 1362 meter high and lies a few kilometers from the forest. The mountain is easily recognized by its distinct shape.

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13.7km: Ruins of the Helfenburk castle

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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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15.6km: Archeological village Netolice

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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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17.1km: Castle Vimperk

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Castle Vimperk is one of the many castles within the Šumava region. Also this castle was meant to protect the golden trading route between Bohemia and Bavaria.
The castle overlooks the river Volyňka and the city of Vimperk.

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