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domazlice_1.jpgDomažlice, the capital of the identical named okres is, with 11.000 inhabitants, one of the largest cities of Šumava. Nevertheless, the city makes a very rural impression. Thanks to the precious historic architecture the whole city of Domažlice has a protected status. The city has a long drawn out market square. At this market square are many houses with the typical Bohemian arcades, a tower and two city gates. The most impressive buildings are the Church of the Birth of the Virgin Mary, the Augustine monastery and the St. Mary Ascension Church. Only the tower has remained of the previous castle Chodsko. The tower is now used as a museum.

Domažlice is the capital of the region Chodsko. The people of the Chodsko are the descendants of an old Slavic race that had settled themselves in the region and were hired for guarding the border with Bavaria. The inheritance of the old Slavic race is still found in the, on festivities still worn folkloric costume, the dialect (but probably when you are not a native speaking Czech you won't notice the difference from regular Czech), the folk music and the folk dancing. To see the people of the Chodsko celebrating their inheritance you must be in luck to be there during a popular festival.

The annual highlight is a 2 days festival in August which draws thousands of visitors to the city. The folk history museum has an interesting folkloric collection.

People with a sweet tooth must try the typical Chodsko cheesecakes. I think they are delicious.

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Campgrounds near Domažlice

Tourist information:

Městské informační centrum Domažlice
Náměstí Míru 51 344 01

Places of interest

0.3km: Castle Domažlice

The castle Domažlice is build in the 13th century. It was part of the fortification of the city of Domažlice and is located at the southwest side of the city. The castle used to accommodate the administration of the 'Chodsko' region. It fulfilled this function until the beginning of the 16th century. After that the castle wasn't used and it deteriorated.

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8.5km: Lumberjack Museum

In Pec pod Čerchovem visitors can see the privately-run Lumberjack Museum. The majority of the exhibits are on loan or have been donated by current inhabitants of the village, who inherited them from their ancestors. The local lumberjacks, it is claimed, were the best in the country.
Address: Pec pod Čerchovem 91, 344 01 Pec pod Čerchovem, Tel: +420 379 795 250

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9.3km: Aquapark Kdyně

The Aquapark Kdyně was opened in 2010 with a 60 m long water slide and a large swimming pool covering an area of 425 m2. You can also enjoy the wellness packages offering laconium, Finnish sauna, Osman bath and infra red sauna.

Address: Dělnická 724, Kdyně | Opening hours: Mo - Fri: 11:00h. - 21:30h., Sa - Su: 10:00h - 21.30h.

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9.8km: Castle Horšovský Týn

Horšovský Týn lies about 12 kilometers north of Domažlice. The origin of the castle lies in the 13th century. It includes a residential palace, an impressive chapel of the Holy Trinity and entrance gates at west and the east side.

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12.2km: Čerchov hill

Čerchov hill (1041 m a.s.l.) is the highest mountain in the Bohemian forest.

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14km: Technical and Crafts Museum

The Technical an Crafts Museum is situated about 15 km from Domažlice. It covers more than 900 m2 and you can find there approx. 6000 showpieces.

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