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Vimperk lies at an altitude of 720 m. and has about 8.500 inhabitants.

The city lies at the old trading route from Bavaria to Bohemia. This medieval route was the main route for the transportation of salt. The city walls of Vimperk are from the 15th century and are partly kept. Among the remnants is for instance one of the old towers.

Above the city dominates a majestic stronghold, a former fortified castle which is now used as the municipal museum. The original Gothic castle from the 13th century was first in Renaissance style and later, in 1734, in Baroque style reconstructed.

In the Gothic Church of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary you can see a famous Madonna statue. The interior of the church is decorated with frescos.

Just south of the city lies the fifth highest mountain of the Czech Šumava, the Boubín, 1362 m. At the foot of the mountain lies a remaining piece primeval forest. of almost 50 hectares.

In summer there is a traditional festival in Vimperk called "Summer under the Boubín".

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Tourist information:

Mestské Informační stredisko
Nám. Svobody 8 385 01
tel:(+420) 388 411 894

Places of interest

1.1km: Castle Vimperk

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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7.7km: Boubínský Prales

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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14.7km: Birth house of Jan Hus

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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18.3km: 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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19.6km: Castle Kašperk

High above the village Kašperské Hory you can see the contours of castle Kašperk. The two towers of castle Kašperk are very distinct and are viewable from far. The castle was build in the 14th century by Charles IV to protect the gold mines and the gold routes in the area.
The castle is located at a strategic spot along the Bohemian-Bavarian border in former times.

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