Tábor to České Budĕjovice

EuroVelo is a project of the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) to create a network of long-distance bike routes across the European continent. Czech Cycle Track 12 begins at Lom, just south of Tábor, and continues south through České Budĕjovice via the proposed route for EuroVelo 7. The Rozmberk Greenway route between Tábor and České Budĕjovice is 25 km longer, and traverses the town of Veselí nad Lužnicí.

Route Distance Links  
Tábor to České Budĕjovice (EuroVelo) 67 km map/gpx cue sheet
Tábor to České Budĕjovice (Rozmberk) 92 km map/gpx cue sheet

Vesel� nad Lužnic� TrainVeselí nad Lužnicí is a railroad town, located at the junction of a major north-south rail line through Prague with a lesser east-west line that traverses the Czech Republic south of Prague. Nearby cities such as České Budĕjovice are on this line. Bicyclists who wish to reach the Rozmberk Greenway by train from other parts of the Czech Republic, including Prague, may find that it is easier to get a train to Veselí nad Lužnicí than to larger cities nearby. Since Veselí nad Lužnicí has both camping and inexpensive lodging, it is an ideal starting place for a bike tour around the Rozmberk Greenway.

Veselí nad Lužnicí was founded in the 13th century, and has a small Renaissance town square. The Church of Elevation of the Holy Cross incorporates elements of Gothic, Renaissance, and later architecture. Blatské Museum occupies a Renaissance home. South of the town are two large artifical lakes, formed from former sand quarries, popular for swimming and water recreation. The town offers two nature trails with interpretive signs. Veselské pískovny Nature Trail (7 km) stretches across an area of former sand quarries. Large deposits of sand formed here after the Ice Ages, creating unique plant and animal communities. Borkovická Marshland Nature Trail (6.5 km) passes through a nature reserve that preserves wetland and peat bog flora. Mechanical extraction of peat took place here years ago.

Zamek HlubokaHluboká nad Vltavou, north of České Budějovice, was a favorite of Charles IV, who often visited when residing in České Budějovice. The town is known for its famous Windsor style chateau, dating from the 13th century, but rebuilt in the 19th century by English architects in the Windsor style as a Romantic, Neo-Gothic chateau, surrounded by a large English park. The castle, which is open to public, has been featured as a set in cinema.


Photo credits

  1. Veselí nad Lužnicí Train. © mpleska, 2007.
  2. Zamek Hluboka. GNU Free Documentation license, Beentree, 2006.
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