České Budĕjovice

České Budějovice, also known by its German name Budweis or Böhmisch Budweis, is the largest city in the South Bohemian Region and is the political and commercial capital of the region.

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Tábor to České Budĕjovice (EuroVelo) 67 km map/gpx cue sheet
Tábor to České Budĕjovice (Rozmberk) 92 km map/gpx cue sheet
České Budĕjovice to Český Krumlov 29 km map/gpx cue sheet

České Budějovice has been known for beer since the 13th century. For a time the town was the royal brewery for the Holy Roman Emperor, and Budweiser Beer (beer from Budweis) became, along with Pilsener, one of the best-known lagers.

The largest brewery in the city is Pivovar Budějovický Budvar (Budweiser Budvar Brewery). Although the comapny has legal rights to market its beer under the “Budweiser” brand name in much of Europe, the same product is sold elsewhere under the names “Budvar” and “Czechvar” because of legal differences with Anheuser-Busch over the Budweiser brand name. The American brand originally began as an imitation of the Czech original, but over time it developed its own identity and attained remarkable commercial success. Anheuser-Busch has made offers to buy out the Czech brewing company in order to secure global rights to the name “Budweiser,” but the Czech government has refused all such offers, considering keeping the Budweiser name Czech to be a matter of national pride.

Photo credits

  1. České Budĕjovice. © Santi Rodríguez, 2006.
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