Leaving Cesky Krumlov
We had a great visit in the old medieval town of Cesky Krumlov. It was a very different side of the Czech Republic than we saw when we visited Prague. Our final perspective came on a stay in Slavonice in Southern Bohemia.
We saw more of the countryside and history of the Czech Republic on our transit day to Slavonice. A stop at the Budwar Budweiser plant reinforced the beer tradition of this country. The small town of Trebon gave us an insight into carp fishing.
The town of Slavonice itself was a quiet charming town. Our local hotel hosts treated us as family. We got a chance to visit with locals and see more of daily life in the Czech countryside. A stay in Slavonice was a great way to finish our visit to the Czech Republic.
A Stop At The Budwar Budweiser Brewery
The first stop on our transit day was a visit to the Budwar Budweiser plant. This was a massive factory that shipped all over the world.
We had a guided tour of the plant to see the process from start to finish. And of course, we got to taste test the beer!
If you visit the Czech Republic, don’t miss a chance to visit the Budwar Budweiser plant. You will understand more about the beer tradition of this country. And never forget that this major brand started in Czech.
Carp Lunch in Charming Trebon
Our lunch stop was in the charming little town of Trebon. The town was known for being surrounded by over 200 ponds around the river. The ponds are used for carp fishing. The statue in the park reinforced the Rozmberk history in this part of the Czech Republic. The Rozmberk family were not just influential in creating beautiful churches and castles!
At any one time, 1/3 of the ponds are empty, 1/3 have the small carp and 1/3 have the large carp. Carp are harvested after 3 years in September. It is a main fish staple in the Czech Republic and is the traditional Christmas Eve dish!
We saw more beer plants in this town. The factory had been producing beer since 1379! We got to taste this Bohemian beer when we visited the goat farm later on this trip.
This part of the Czech Republic is big with hikers and bike riders. All over town we saw the colourful markers for the various paths that ran from town to town.
We went in through the gates to the quaint little town square. The gates showed the familiar five petal rose that was the insignia of the Rozmberk family. There was a little free time to explore this lovely town after lunch.
It was nice to see another little town in the region before our stay in Slavonice.
A Creative Break in Mariz
We had one final stop before we arrived for our stay in Slavonice. The ceramics store in Mariz was a regular stop on the tour. It gave us a chance to show off our creativity. We were given mugs and paints. It was quite amazing how different the designs were.
The mugs were fired overnight and we got them when we arrived in Slavonice. We carried our mugs with us for our trip through Central Europe. It was great to have a full size mug for a cup of tea before bed.
Visiting With Locals
One of the things that travelling with OAT (Overseas Adventure Tours) promotes is the chance to actually meet the local people. One night we had dinner at the home of a local resident outside of Slavonice. We spent time to get to know the woman, toured her large garden and learned about the products she made from the garden herbs. It was a great home cooked meal. The group brought her different gifts from their home towns.
The final immersion activity was a morning spent at a goat farm. We got to see the process for tending the goats and the process to make goat cheese. It was so good we wanted to take a supply home. The group worked together with the family to make a typical lunch meal. And of course, we got local Czech liquors and beers.
On our stay in Slavonice we got a real taste of the country life in the Czech Republic.
Another Reminder Of Czech History
At every stop in the Czech Republic, we got a great look at life being lived today. But on many of our stops, we got a great glimpse into the history of this country. A stop at the Pribram Uranium Mine showed us the forced labour camps that were used first by the Germans and then by the Soviets.
On our stay in Slavonice we got to visit the Zidovsky Hrbitov Jewish cemetery. It was in the middle of a field with a small marker. We saw another stark reminder of the Jewish history in the Czech Republic when we visited the Zadni Synagogue in Trebic on our way to Brateslava!
As we drove through the countryside, our guide would often point out humps in the fields. These were old abandoned bunkers. One day we got to visit inside one of these bunkers.
The countryside was full of so many reminders of the Czech Republic past.
Walk The Town To See The Slavonice Buildings
The town square in Slavonice was another small, quaint country town squares. Benches around the square provided a spot to sit and watch life go by.
We continued to be amazed at the beautiful buildings we found in all the places we visited in the Czech Republic. The facades of the buildings were artistic and carved with intricate scenes.
On our stay in Slavonice, we found the streets to be an open air art gallery.
A Recovered Beauty – The Lutheran Prayer Room
While the streets were beautiful, our tour guide Vashek had another treat planned for us. One of the buildings in town was a former Lutheran Prayer room. The building was stunning from the outside. But that was just the beginning of the treat for us!
The main floor of the building was a bit of a museum that showed life from another era.
But the real gem was on the second floor. Every wall of the former Lutheran Prayer room was intricately decorated with biblical scenes. Several of the more interesting pieces were pointed out to us.
If you stay in Slavonice, try to get a chance to visit the former Lutheran Prayer Room. It is a truly amazing treasure in this small town.
Welcomed To Slavonice With Warm Hospitality
The Hotel U Ruze was our home for two nights. We were welcomed by Elena and Pavel when we arrived. On our second night in Slavonice, Pavel opened up his massive wine cellar under the hotel for us to explore. He had 3,000 bottles of wine on-site and another 15,000 off-site.
The wine cellar looked like a series of caves. The caves were kept at about 9℃ and the ceilings dripped water on us while we visited. Each nook in the cellar was packed with wine bottles. The cellars are all over this small town and corridors run underground between the cellars.
Pavel shared two great wines with us in the cellar – a 2015 Gwertzimier and a 1997 Reisling. The younger wine was fresh and crisp. The older wine was smooth as velvet. This was a great introduction to the wines of this region.
It was a such a treat on our stay in Slavonice.
Local Charm In Slavonice
For dinner, we started with a red sparkling wine. Pavel opened the bottle with a sabre (sabrage). It was the second time we had witnessed sabrage in a month. When we went for Afternoon Tea at the St Regis Washington, sabrage is a regular afternoon treat. The wine was over 80 years old and had a delicious smell and taste of blueberries. A great way to start dinner.
We had a tasty local dinner. And even helped to make a traditional dessert. Throughout dinner we were entertained by a small band from this town (the Slavonice Band). They played a great combination of Czech traditional music, Czech blues, a Hungarian Jewish song that one woman sang with, American polka and even a Renaissance song to match the history of this town.
We were definitely welcomed in style on our stay in Slavonice.
A Stay In Slavonice In Southern Bohemia For A Different View
We had a very busy stay in Slavonice in Southern Bohemia. It was the perfect spot to really get to see a day in the life of the country people of the Czech Republic. Our hotel welcome was exceptional!
We really liked this small town and would definitely recommend that people consider a stay in Slavonice for a different view of this diverse country.
We had another busy day when we left Slavonice for our visit to Bratislava in Slovakia. The stop on our travel day in Lednice in the Moravian region let us experience another of the beautiful castles of the Czech Republic.
Did you stay in Slavonice in Southern Bohemia of the Czech Republic? What was your favourite experience?
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