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strakonice_1.jpgStrakonice has a remarkable connection to North Africa. In Strakonice, the traditional North African head wear, the fez is manufactured. In Strakonice (24.000 inhabitant) the river the Volyňka flows into the Otava.

Like many Czech cities and towns, Strakonice isn't build around a market square but around the castle.

The castle, a 12th century water castle, is the most important monument in Strakonice. In later times the castle became the principal seat of the Order of St. John in Bohemia and it changed into a fortified monastery. Really beautiful are the 14th century wall paintings.

strakonice_2.jpgIn the castle is a museum where utensils for gold digging are on diplay.

Another part of the museum is dedicated to the bagpipe. This instrument plays the major role in a music festival that is held every other year in Strakonice.

Other points of interest in the city are the 16th century Church of St. Margareta and the Baroque Church of Wenceslas.

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Campgrounds near Strakonice

Tourist information:

Městské informační centrum Strakonice
Velké náměstí 2 386 01
tel:(+420) 383 700 700

Places of interest

0.4km: 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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0.4km: 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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10.5km: 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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15.9km: 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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17.2km: Ruins of the Prácheň castle

The small ruins of Prácheň castle are situated at the top of the hill above the Otava river. Its role acted as the Slavonic fortified settlement and finished at the end of the 13th century.

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