Domažlice, 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.
Useful information See it on the map Campgrounds near Domažlice
Tourist information:Městské informační centrum Domažlice
Náměstí Míru 51 344 01