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A charming, medieval town in South Bohemia, tucked away amidst hills and dense forests. Known for its well-preserved architecture and natural beauty, Prachatice is an enchanting destination that captivates history enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. Read more

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Established in the 10th century, Prachatice has a long and illustrious history, closely tied to the salt trade routes that once passed through the region. Its cobblestone streets, Gothic and Renaissance buildings, and the picturesque town square bear testament to its rich heritage. The Town Hall, with its distinctive sgraffito façade, is a magnificent example of Renaissance architecture, providing a unique backdrop for the various events and markets that enliven the square throughout the year.
But Prachatice isn't just about the past; it's also a gateway to the Šumava National Park, one of the largest forested areas in Central Europe. Hiking, cycling, and cross-country skiing are popular activities, offering excellent ways to explore the region’s pristine natural landscapes. Several scenic lookout points, like Libín and Boubín, offer panoramic views of the surrounding areas.
Nestled in this environment, Prachatice offers a balance of cultural heritage and natural splendor, making it an ideal destination for a diversified holiday experience. Whether you're interested in wandering through charming alleys, exploring ancient ruins, or embracing the great outdoors, Prachatice has something for everyone.

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The most famous sights
What to do in Prachatice

Prachatice Town Square

The heart of the town, this square is home to beautiful Renaissance buildings and a bustling market scene.

Town Hall

A striking example of sgraffito architecture, the Town Hall is a must-visit for its historical and artistic significance.

Church of St. James

An architectural marvel, this church houses a richly decorated interior and an impressive altar.

Šumava National Park

A paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, offering various trails and routes for hiking, cycling, and skiing.

Libín Tower

A lookout tower offering panoramic views of the surrounding forests and hills.

Boubín Lookout

Another great vantage point to capture stunning scenic views of South Bohemia.

Museum of Prachatice

Provides an in-depth look at the town's history, focusing on its role in the medieval salt trade.

Volary Folk Architecture

A short drive from Prachatice, Volary showcases traditional Bohemian wooden architecture.


The birthplace of Jan Hus, a significant figure in Czech history, is located just a few kilometers away.

Kratochvíle Castle

Located in the vicinity, this Renaissance castle features stunning frescoes and a serene moat.

What else to visit
In and around Prachatice

Holasovice (20.48 km)

Step into a fairy tale in Holašovice, an enchanting village where time seems to stand still, showcasing Bohemian traditions, folklore, and South Bohemian rural Baroque architecture.

Cesky Krumlov (32.03 km)

Český Krumlov, a picturesque town in the south of the Czech Republic, is famous for its imposing castle and fascinating medieval streets. Stroll over charming stone bridges and discover the rich history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Hluboka Castle (32.44 km)

Atop a hill overlooking the Vltava River, Hluboká Castle is a mesmerizing blend of Gothic, Renaissance, and Romantic styles. Known as the "Windsor of Bohemia," this Czech fairy-tale castle offers opulence, history, and unparalleled vistas.

Pisek (34.2 km)

Písek is a charming town that beautifully marries history with natural beauty. Famous for its ancient stone bridge and cultural heritage, Písek offers a quintessential Bohemian experience that feels like a step back in time.

Ceske Budejovice (34.76 km)

České Budějovice, the charming capital of South Bohemia, is known for its exquisite historical heart, inviting beer culture, and being the gateway to exploring the beautiful countryside of the Czech Republic.

Treetop Walkway Lipno (44.19 km)

Elevate your perspective and step above the verdant canopy at the Treetop Walkway Lipno, a unique treetop trail that offers a blend of nature, adventure, and breathtaking views, suspended high above the Bohemian Forest.

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