Travel Diary: 15 minutes in Budweis / České Budějovice
If you’ve ever heard about Budweis, the first thing you’ll think about will be probably one thing: Beer. Well, that’s no big surprise as the Czech Republic is any way home to many beer-loving people, but more precisely České Budějovice is the home of the very famous beer brand Budweiser Budvar. In the US better known as Czechvar , the brewery produces about 1,457 million hectoliters per year, and exports it worldwide. Budweis / České Budějovice is the largest city in the South Bohemian Region with currently about 93,285 inhabitants. It’s also the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of České Budějovice, the University of South Bohemia and the Academy of Sciences.
When I visited Budweis, to have Dinner at the Restaurant of the Masne Kramy Brewery, I walked a bit through the city centre and over a square with many colourful houses. This architecture is something I really enjoy about the Czech Republic – all these small and colourful houses, so nice! All around this Ottokar II Square you can find Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and 19th-century architecture-styles. The square is named after King Ottokar II of Bohemia that once founded the City in 1256.
All in all these few minutes have been just way too short to discover this City and all its sights, but now a few pictures I’ve taken at the Ottokar II square in the evening and at night. Later that evening I’ve also visited Český Krumlov that is about 30 km away and a must-visit if you are visiting this south-western area of the Czech Republic.