Tábor to Jindřichův Hradec

Planá nad Lužnicí (13 km) is a modern manufacturing center, with a strategic location along the motorway that will eventually connect Prague and Linz. St. Wenceslas Church is located in the center of town, and a manorial residence is just to the south.

Tučapy (24 km) was the birthplace of the Czech Jewish composer and conductor Karel Ančerl. Born in 1903, Ančerl survived Terezinstadt and Auschwitz, but lost his entire family. He went on to conduct the Czech Philharmonic. After the Prague Spring of 1968, he emigrated to Canada, where he conducted the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. A small Jewish cemetery is located south of the river, 500 meters southwest of the bridge, the only remnant of the Jewish community in this town.

Červená Lhota CastleČervená Lhota (33 km). The castle in this town, which stands at the middle of a lake on a rocky island, is connected to the land by a stone bridge. A national monument, it is one of the most famous castles in the Czech Republic. Originally a fortress, it became a palatial residence, and finally, in the 20th century, a museum. Click here for information about hours and admissions prices.

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Tábor to Jindřichův Hradec 50 km map/gpx cue sheet
Jindřichův Hradec to Tábor 50 km map/gpx cue sheet

Pluhův Žďár, a village south of Červená Lhota, is centered around a castle and fortress. This fortress, first mentioned in 1267, changed hands many times between noble families, becoming a chateau and private residence in the 17th century. The Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, built in 1542, was reconstructed in the Baroque style at the beginning of the 18th century. In the 16th century it was a pilgrimage site, famed for its healing spring. In the early 20th century, the chateau was bought by Bedřich Beneš, brother of Czechoslovak president Edvard Beneš. Under Communism, the property was owned by a collective farm, and was left to deteriorate. It was returned to the Beneš’ family in the restitution in 1992, and has since been restored. A history of the castle can be found at the village’s official website.


Photo credits

  1. Červená Lhota Castle. © Tomas Svec, 2007.
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